An internationally touring musician, Aurelio Voltaire is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. He is often described as a modern-day renaissance man: a singer / performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.
His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years. He’s released 11 full length CDs.
Life long friends DC Gonzalez and Jonnie Rockit formed Panzie in 2008. Both were born and raised in NYC’s Lower East Side. Gonzalez and Rockit both shared a passion for the underground music that downtown NYC was famous for. After playing in several bands together they decided to start a new project, one that could accommodate all of their varied influences which included;Motörhead , Rob Zombie and The Cult.
The driving principle was that it had to be hard hitting, heavy and dark. From this edict Panzie was born.
Panzie’s live show has become a not-to-be-missed event. Their over the top stage production and genre colliding sound of old school punk, metal, goth rock and industrial has all proven to be tasty recipe and has quickly re-established Panzie as one of the most exciting bands on the NYC hard rock scene.
Justin Symbol and the God Bombs
With the release of debut album ‘V Ω I D H E A D’ on Halloween 2014, electro-shock-rocker and self-proclaimed “King of Negativity” Justin Symbol emerged as a bold new force in the national rock scene. ‘V Ω I D H E A D’ features co-founding Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz and was accompanied by a U.S. tour in May 2015 with William Control. This buzz helped Symbol gain the attention of major music press and build a national cult following. In the year and a half that followed, the band continued to tour the U.S. with acts such as Blood On the Dance Floor and The Bunny The Bear. Justin Symbol & The Godbombs are currently in the studio working on their second full length album, due in early 2017.
Panic Lift has carved its niche in the dark electronic music scene with a blend of hard industrial, elements of Synth-pop, Dance and Rock. The new album, Skeleton Key, once again proves that the only constant element of the band is change.
The Amatory Murder
The Amatory Murder is an alternative rock n’ roll project founded by Christian Peppas (also known as his alias ‘Xian’) in Brooklyn, New York.
Xian and his band employ a variety of foundational sounds utilizing synthetic atmospheres, piano and programmed beat arrangements. Mixed with organic drums, heavy guitars and catchy hooks, the tracks are then topped off with angstridden (and usually political) lyrics. Currently, the lineup also includes Fox Zozo (Bass Guitar), ‘Governor’ Christian Buckley (Lead Guitar) and Scott Genovese (Drums/Percussion). All albums and recordings thus far have been engineered, produced, financed and released entirely by the band themselves. Everything is done in-house.
The Amatory Murder ultimately plan on taking the world’s stage, winning over each being at a time with their unique, enduring sound.
The Long Losts
If Tim Burton hired Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Ramone to write the soundtrack for a romantic movie that takes place at a haunted carnival on Halloween night you would have the unique garage-goth-punk-rock sound of The Long Losts.
Hailing from New York, The Long Losts are a musical act duo made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar. Inspired by their mutual love of Halloween, Autumn, gothic horror, ghost stories, punk, metal, goth rock and each other, they started The Long Losts in 2012 with the release of their first song, “If Only Boris Karloff Was My Dad.” In 2014 The Long Losts released their first album, “Scary Songs To Play In the Dark.” Their music combines haunting vocals, spooky keyboards, horror sound effects and rock guitar with lyrics celebrating all things old and spooky. Edgar Allen Poe, Boris Karloff, Lily Munster, Edward Gorey, haunted houses, autumn and vintage Halloween culture are some of the inspirations for their goth punk tunes.
From the NJ/NYC’s Underground Music Scene comes Xentrifuge, a brutal assault of Harsh Industrial/Aggrotech, constructed by the collectively innovative minds of Chris X and Lisa Hellen.
Xentrifuge brings a groundbreaking blend of Industrial-based sound, fused with noise, and a touch of heavy guitar work to create a hauntingly melodic, yet raw and unforgiving product.
2007 brought the well received debut release, “Light Extinguished” on the German label, NoiTekk/Black Rain. Peaking at number six on the DAC, Xentrifuge has established a loyal international following.
In 2009, Xentrifuge continued to break boundaries. The highly anticipated second album “Converting Infinity”, was a hit with fans and the world-wide industrial music scene.
Always evolving, in 2014 Xentrifuge returned with a barrage of singles and remixes as well as live performances.
2017 will bring Xentrifuge’s long awaited third album, yet to be titled, as well as many performances and more!
Psyche Corporation is a fairytale cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. The band is named after a dream manufacture group from a future where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as more lighthearted filk works, such as “Perl-Operated Boy”. The musical style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music.
As a dark musician, Psyche Corporation portrays The Shadow Queen, using her conservatory-trained ballet skills and voice to create worlds of terror and imigination.
Jess-O-Lantern is a spooky songstress, originally from the scary swamps of Florida, now haunting in New York City! Imagine a walk through a punk rock cemetery, filled with ghostly crooning, grinning ghouls, friendly fiends, and all the trick-or-treat candy you can eat!
Jess is the Spirit of Halloween personified. She’s a living Ouija board. She’s coming down your chimney on the back of Krampus, ready to make your every day a little more like night. You are going to love her.
Hailing from New Jersey, Infinitus Mortus breaks away from mainstream music, and delves into the darker, Classically composed Symphonic Metal made popular by European bands such as Epica, Nightwish and Dimmu Borgir. Infinitus Mortus developed in 2008 as a studio project by Stephen “Stoki” Megna (Drums, Guitars, Keys), and has since released three studio albums so far. 2010’s “2012”, 2011’s “Conspiracy of Love”, and 2016’s “Transmutationis”.
Infinitus Mortus brings the force of heavy driven Symphonic Metal, and couples it with strong hooks and melodies that will please a wide range of music fans. They can be seen playing clubs and festivals in the New Jersey area, and fans can look forward to hearing tracks from the latest album, as well as favorites from the first two, along with well-known covers by bands of the same genre.
V. Nigel Taylor
Acoustic musical performance and Presentation on Bullying as Prof. Snape – Defense Against the Dark Arts
V. Nigel Taylor is the lead vocalist and founding member of the band Platform One. Mixing goth and alternative pop influences into a blend that’s been entertaining Steampunks since 2008.
As a solo acoustic artist, Nigel performs a selection of songs paying tribute to great artists of the 1980s. Incorporating his mellow vocals and gothic flare into the pop songs we know and love.
3 Pints Shy
THREE PINTS SHY was founded in 2003 and since then has evolved into a raucous pub band, updating and reinvigorating the Celtic music scene that is much beloved all around the world. Steeped in Irish, fearless and creative, Three Pints Shy bends music to their will.
David Anthony, David Mikovsky, Jonathan Siregar, Robbie Taylor
Night Gallery arose from the dark gothic corners of New York City by bassist , Kitty Hawke, with a few songs and a dream that a great band could be formed from a collection of original songs and compositions . The Band Leader, composer, Bassist Kitty Hawke and husband Mark Demon lead the group through melodic rockin in the shadow realms of gothic melodies. The band has had several incarnations , but the newest line up includes Helen of Destroy-violin, Cheryl Flute mistress -flute and Jennifer Bobbe-keyboard, and long time members Gerry Barnas on guitar and John Marzan on drums.
Nicole Oliva is a singer and actress from Long Island NY. Nicole has hundreds of solo and theatrical performances to her accreditation in the realms of plays, musicals, operas, concerts and films. Her powerful operatic voice mimics that of Tarja Turunen but also harnesses a sweet quality like that of a Disney Princess. Nicole’s performance career started as a figure skater, upon discovering her talent for singing and theatre arts she worked on shows such as Sussical, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, Willy Wonka and the Wizard of Oz. Since graduating with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Five Towns College she has worked with several local Opera and Theatrical companies such as The Amadeus Opera, Twitch Twitch Productions, BBR Rose Theatre, Retro Souls Phantom Theater, and The Gilbert and Sullivan (Yiddish) Light Opera Company.
Currently playing the role of a pretty magical lolita girl, Nicole has been touring the east coast doing concerts and lectures such as “The Dark Side of Opera”, “Anime Selections Jpop Vocal Show”, “Disney Cabaret”, “19th Century Romantic Opera”, “18th Century Classical Opera”, and “The History of American Musicals”.