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.
Formed in 2004, FGFC820 is the harsh EBM project from well-known and respected New York City DJs, Rexx Arkana and Dräcos. Drawing on joint and separate influences ranging from old school industrial to modern gabber, Arkana and Dräcos combine to create a sound that is at once melodic and relentlessly rhythmic, “bringing the ‘thump’ back to EBM”, as one reviewer recently put it.
In addition to his 20 years of experience as both a DJ and promoter – having worked with everyone from industrial stalwarts Skinny Puppy and Ministry to newer stars Covenant and VNV Nation – Rexx Arkana is also the founder of the scene supergroup Bruderschaft. A collaboration of some of the electronic music world’s top talents, Bruderschaft drew together, under Arkana’s leadership, members of VNV Nation, Covenant, Apoptygma Berzerk and Icon of Coil in a charitable effort to benefit cancer research and treatment.
As an artist in his own right, Arkana has also written lyrics and/or recorded vocals for such prominent underground acts as The Retrosic (New World Order), Neikka RPM (Storm of Hell), and davaNtage side project, Supreme Court (Mass Media Murder).
Dräcos spent the last half of the 90s in Boston where he graduated from Berklee College of Music. While in Boston, Dräcos also recorded and performed live with the industrial group, Disciples of Astaroth. In 1999, Dräcos relocated to NYC where he began building a bigger name for himself as a DJ for the some of the scenes’ most notorious parties which later led to international gigs such as Mexico City and Leipzig, Germany. Dräcos also started Subsurface Productions to encompass all of his various projects, since he had begun DJing and releasing original tracks/remixes under his various aliases… such as his track “Sacrilege” which was recorded under his ‘Von Strecker’ alias and chosen to represent the gabba genre on the “Definitive – Elevated” album from England’s 42Records.
As veteran DJs, it’s not surprising their compositions inspire movement, nor that their messages – be them political or cultural – have been enslaved by the beat. ReGen Magazine recently wrote: “FGFC820 is perhaps the best example of pure, beat-driven EBM to be unleashed onto the scene in years. The rhythms pound their way into your psyche with militaristic grandeur, stomping like a Teutonic march the likes of which have been mostly lost in this new age of synthpop wannabes.”
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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.
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Xentrifuge is a brutal assault of Harsh Industrial Music, constructed by the collectively innovative minds of Chris X and Lisa Hellen. They bring a groundbreaking blend of Industrial-based sound, fused with noise, to create a hauntingly melodic, yet raw and unforgiving product. Xentrifuge’s live performance is pure energy. Sure to please crowds of dance-floor fanatics and the mosh-pit alike!
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.
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The Amatory Murder
The Amatory Murder is an alternative rock project founded by singer/songwriter Christian Peppas (under the alias ‘Xian’) in Brooklyn, New York. The project started with just Xian, a guitar and some drum and synthesizer patches in 2011.
Fast forward, and the current lineup includes drummer Scott Genovese, guitarist Christian “The Governor” Buckley and bassist Binx Noir. The band employ a variety of foundational textures utilizing synthetic atmospheres, piano and pop industrial-esque beat arrangements. Mixed with organic drums, heavy guitars and catchy hooks, the tracks are then topped off with melodic lyrics. While many songs from The Amatory Murder have a somewhat classic rock influence, the songs manage to keep a modern 21st-century sound.
Thus far, all albums and recordings from The Amatory Murder have been engineered, produced, financed and released entirely by the band themselves. ‘Neurotica’ is their newest full-length studio album released in November 2016 and their most accessible to date and includes the single ‘The Deadliest Rose’. ‘F*ck It! We’ll Do It Live’ is the band’s first live album recorded and mixed in June 2016 during a show at their home base of King Killer Studios. 2015 saw the release of their single ‘My Nightmare’ accompanied by a video that premiered via Revolver Magazine. In 2014 The Amatory Murder released their EP ‘Exploiting Our Dreams’ which included the single/video for ‘A Haunting’. And it all started with 2011’s ‘A Different Frequency’, the first record release from the band.
In 2017 The Amatory Murder hit the road and played nationally opening for the band Alesana for their ’Hero With A Thousand Faces’ Tour along with bands Eyes Set To Kill and Lakeshore. Previous to that The Amatory Murder headlined their own ‘U & I Mini Tour’ regionally in the North-Eastern United States. The band have also shared the stage with artists including Julien-K (ex-Orgy), Echo Black, Ice Nine Kills, The Dreaming (ex-Stabbing Westward), Get Scared, Vampires Everywhere, The Relapse Symphony, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Red Paintings and Justin Symbol. In Autumn of 2017 The Amatory Murder played #MakeChesterProud, a mental health and suicide awareness benefit in memory of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington put together by Fuse veteran VJ Tim ‘No.37’ Martinez.
When they’re not making music, The Amatory Murder are podcasting. ‘Neurotic Creatures’ is their attempt to capture the often hilarious conversations the band have regarding everything from music to pop culture to politics to food. No topic is off limits. Listeners can expect to hear anything including rambling stories from the road, prank phone calls, observations and mockery of current events to all out ball-busting of each other. Oh yeah, and the occasional special guest (should they wanna put up with any of it!). The show was launched in late 2017 and streams on most platforms including iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and TuneIn.
The Amatory Murder have a dedicated following in the alternative/modern rock scenes but their break-through sound connects to audiences on all levels with dynamic choruses and energetic beats. They strive to make direct connections with their fans whom they hold close to their hearts and symbolically are as diverse as the band’s music–which sometimes embodies emotions we all have hidden within. They have a very clear vision of what they want the future to hold for them and understand it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get there – no corners can be cut. The guys ultimately plan on taking the world’s stage, winning over each being at a time with their unique, enduring sound and hard-working mentality.
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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.
Deprived is an industrial rock outfit from Boston MA. They’ve opened for Mushroomhead, Powerman 5000, Orgy, Wednesday 13, Aesthetic Perfection, Dope, and Combichrist
Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy”.
Bring-your-own-conspiracy-theory and gather round to listen to cyberpunk songs with actual secret messages embedded in them, from Morse Code, to poliovirus DNA, to barcoded telephone numbers of high-end courtesans. Rest assured that all songs can be enjoyed even in the absence of paranoid ideation; just let the alternative electrorock world music sound in, and ignore the subliminal messages.
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.
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Life Cried is hard hitting Industrial from the NJ / NYC area. Their brutal sonic assaults and relentless aggression are tempered by an almost tender and heartfelt sensibility. Merging heavy electronics with Alternative/Rock elements and transcending the Industrial genre without ending up in the Nu-Metal ghetto. They manage to blend perfectly with the powerful tracks that give them the dramatic backdrop for their live performance. Life Cried is carving out their own path into the future and don’t shy away to explore new territory. Honest, in your face and without regret.
Tribal industrial dance music from Steven Archer of Ego Likeness
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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Valerie Abbey (Gentile) & Filip AbbeyNex are taking on the goth industrial world themselves in their band Abbey Death.
Valerie & Filip are known for their energetic performances in Combichrist, The Crushadows, Psyclon Nine, Angelspit, Genitorturers & Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
Disorder, the premier tribute to the sounds of Joy Division, was conceived in 2012. The basic idea, to recreate Joy Division’s music with an unwavering focus on authenticity and live performance, was and remains their premise. The band is unmatched in its ability to harness the true and unbridled passion of Joy Division and their music. Disorder’s energetic and emotional live performance is no simple generic interpretation of an iconic music catalog. How Joy Division played it, is exactly how Disorder plays it. From the audience, one can close their eyes and get lost in this masterful recreation.
In 2015, Lee Lauer of Aslan Faction approached Jim Semonik at a KMFDM show. Jim’s band, Rein[Forced], was opening the gig. Lee and Jim only met one time previously back in 2010. They became fast friends and share a mutual love of industrial music. Lee approached Jim about working on a project and thus Red Lokust was born. The boys put out their debut album “The Repercussions of Shedding Your Skin” in July of 2016 on Distortion Productions.
Nicole Oliva – Dark Opera
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”.