Aesthetic Perfection is the solo project of Los Angeles-based producer Daniel
Graves. Over a career spanning 15 years, five full-length albums, and numerous
singles and music videos, Graves has reinvented what it means to be a dark
electro artist, combining industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between.
Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.
Bella Morte sings songs of love and loss, hope and despair. Combining driving electronics, graveyard ballads, emotive storytelling, and powerful guitar riffs, Bella Morte have developed a distinctive style embraced by legions of fans around the world.
In the late 1990s Bella Morte played an essential role in the revival of Gothic Rock in the US. The band self-released two albums and toured tirelessly carrying their sound across the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, and Britain. As a result of their growing popularity, the band signed with Cleopatra records who would re-release the now-classic Where Shadows Lie. The band would not remain with Cleopatra long, as strong sales led them to Metropolis Records, where they have released 8 full length albums and 2 EPs. In 2013 Metropolis Records released The Best Of Bella Morte (1996-2012) celebrating the first 17 years of their dark, diverse catalogue of sounds.
The members of Bella Morte are known for their love of all things horror. Classically-trained singer Andy Deane has written and published 4 horror novels (The Sticks – 2009), (The Third House – 2010), (All the Darkness in the World – 2011), (No Turning Back – 2012). Andy composed the score for the 2014 film “Plan 9” (Darkstone Entertainment), a remake of the Ed Wood classic Plan 9 From Outer Space. Bella Morte also contributed 3 songs that appear in the film. In 2010 Bella Morte teamed up with Troma Entertainment to shoot a video for their song In The Dirt. Footage for the video was shot by Lloyd Kaufman at DragonCon and Connooga earlier that year. The band has continued to work with Troma and recently composed the theme song for Return To Nuke Em High. Bella Morte has also had the pleasure of working with co-stars from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 for their 2015 video of Exorcisms.
In 2017 Bella Morte released their latest work Year Of The Ghost, which dives back into the band’s early post-punk and gothic sound. As the band continues to tour the world and write new material, they remain eternally thankful to be doing what they love: singing songs about the dead and winning the hearts of the living along the way.
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune’, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called ‘Songs From a Dead City’, recorded on a four track, was released in 1999.
By 2000, Archer and Lynch were moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full-length album entitled ‘Dragonfly’.
Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s ‘Water to the Dead’. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a heavier rock sound.
2005 saw the band tour Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with label mates The Cruxshadows, and their first album ‘Dragonfly’ was re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs.
In 2006, EL toured Germany once again with The Cruxshadows, performed at Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA, and released their third full-length CD ‘The Order of the Reptile’ (DFD), as well as their first video for the track ‘Aviary’ (directed by Lynch, Archer, and late Baltimore photographer Lauren E. Simonutti).
The winter of 2006-2007 saw another US tour with The Cruxshadows and Ayria.
In late autumn of 2007, EL was back in Germany, as well as Poland, and the UK with Alfa-Matrix act Ayria (Canada) and Australia’s Angelspit (DFD). The band also released the first of four limited edition EP’s entitled ‘South’.
In early 2008, they headlined a warm-up tour of the US and performed at Black Sun IV before setting off with Voltaire in the spring for his month-long Maiden Voyage Tour. EL performed once again at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta GA.
In 2009, the single ‘The Lowest Place on Earth’ was released, as well as the ‘West’ EP.
Their fourth full-length album, ‘Breedless’, was released on Metropolis Records in 2010, as well as the ‘North’ EP.
The band continued touring throughout the US in 2010 and 2011, performing a third time at Dragon*Con 2010.
2012 saw the release of the final compass EP, ‘East’, and a second re-release of the now-out-of-print album ‘Dragonfly’. A new single and video (directed by Kyle Cassidy, Lynch, and Archer), ‘Treacherous Thing’, will be released in the fall.
Hard hitting , Rock n Roll born out of the LES in NYC .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.
The Rain Within
Andy Deane grew up loving the horror movies and romantic comedies of the 80s. He could watch Michael Myers taking out promiscuous teens for 90 minutes and then shift gears to find out who Molly Ringwald was going to choose to be with at the school dance. There was inspiration to be found at both ends of the spectrum… the horrific and the beautiful, the tragic and the hopeful. Either way, a great soundtrack was the one thing that could put a film over the top.
This dichotomy shapes The Rain Within’s sound in many ways; The cold synthesizers of John Carpenter and Vangelis colliding with the soulful, catchy pop structures of The Psychedelic Furs and Depeche Mode. Dance beats pound a path to the future as heartfelt lyrics draw the listener back with nostalgic words of love and loss.
After 2 successful self-released EPs, The Rain Within met up with Negative Gain Productions at a performance in Los Angeles on their first US tour. A bond was formed and from it Dark Drive was born. This ambitious release was written to move you, physically and spiritually, and builds a bridge between the New Wave sound of the 80s and today’s audience. The future and the past are singing in harmony on Dark Drive.
Andy Deane is a modern renaissance man, having found success as a musician, a horror author, and most recently as a photographer. He studied voice training with a teacher specializing in opera for many years, and continues to learn on the job. He has toured the US extensively and found his way to Europe and the UK on several occasions with his goth rock band Bella Morte. The Rain Within is his latest musical conquest and a new album is set to be released in early 2018.
With one eyeliner-stained eye looking back over a black-clad shoulder, harkening to the dark electronic music of the past, yet seductively mixed with bleeding-edge production drawn from modern electronic genres.
This project is an outlet for the ravaged, the lost and fucked-up souls.
Raw, visceral chronicles encased in a slick dichotomy of infectious Bass Music and Dark Pop/Electro, with even darker emotional themes.
Interface has been producing its own brand of electronic music since 1993, making it one of New York’s longest-lived electronic music acts. Founded and led by programmer/keyboardist and lead vocalist Eric Eldredge, Interface combines the sonic edge of industrial, the club energy of trance, and a melodic sensibility for a unique experience. Each of the band’s multiple studio albums has been met with critical acclaim and widespread play across clubs and various types of radio stations. In addition, Eric is prolific in the remix market using the Interface name, lending a hand to numerous top artists. The band’s current lineup is rounded out by Jon Billian (keyboards/guitar) and Justin Parker (touring drummer).
Third Realm is a Dark Wave / EBM project. The band has received international recognition through club/radio play, film placement, high profile compilation appearances and has shared the stage with some notable bands such as 3teeth, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Dawn of Ashes, Aesthetic Perfection, Psyclon Nine, Seabound & more!
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.
The Long Losts will be performing an acoustic set at our special 2-hour open bar masquerade event.
Spider Lilies is electro-goth-rock with female vocals, signed to the label Distortion Productions. The project is led by Stacey Campbell, a former guitarist/backup vocalist of the Cruxshadows.
Live, Spider Lilies is a high-energy trip through emotions, as well as a skillful performance of the music. Currently based in the Northern VA and Charlottesville area, the band performs with a 2-4 person lineup, including Chad VanPelt (AKA “The Chad,” guitarist; also known as DJ Rift, side project ‘This Hollow Machine’), Mike K. Johnson (live drummer for many well-known bands such as Ego Likeness, and The Rain Within), and Tom Lynch (keyboardist extraordinaire, side project ‘This Hollow Machine).
Spider Lilies has toured throughout the eastern, northeastern, central, and southern regions of the United States, and have gained some international recognition. They have performed with bands such as Ego Likeness, Bella Morte, Voltaire, Adoration Destroyed, Null Device, Project Pitchfork, Ayria, etc.
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US Debut Performance for Toronto band nTTX! Stealing elements of EBM, synthpop and industrial, nTTx completes this sonic landscape with strong, melodic vocals, that range from soft and delicate, to powerfully commanding. nTTx is Gord Clement from Toronto, and his acclaimed live show brings in drums and guitar to entertain the crowd. nTTX has shared the stage with Assemblage 23, Haujobb, Decoded Feedback and Architect.
Valerie Abbey (Gentile) & Filip Abbey Nex are known for their energetic performances in Combichrist, The Crushadows, Psyclon Nine, Angelspit, Genitorturers & Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
Now they’re taking on the goth industrial world themselves in their band Abbey Death.
Their debut EP Realignment shows off their efforts in a dark revival in their music and themselves as artists.
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