|News Archive: January > June
This section archives the news of the first half of 2002, as it has appeared on
||Red Zebra plans new 'best of'
||At a moment that their new album 'Don't put your
head in a bucket' is hitting the charts, it seems that 80s wave collective
Red Zebra are
planning a new collection of their best material to date. 'From ape
to zebra' was released in 1992 by Antler. Stocks have sold out since
than but despite popular demand, the record company isn't planning
another pressing of this item. So 'The art of conservation', as the
album is called for now, would become quite similar to this previous
release. Label or precise release date are unknown for now.
||Moody summer with vidnaObmana
||And more news from the Belgian summer festivals:
vidnaObama seems to have found a sparring partner with Joris De Backer
as they will appear together on stage at the Gentse
Feesten (23.07, St-Jacobsmarkt, Gent) and the Nacht
van de Musea (03.08, Elzenveld, Antwerp). The planned concert
on 27.07 in St-Petersburg (Russia) got postponed till 2003.
Currently available from vidnaObmana are 'Innerzone' (with Steve Roach,
Projekt), 'The shifts recyclings' (with Asmus Tietchens, Soleilmoon
Recordings) and 'Tremor' (Release/Relapse)
||Eurorock reveals line up
||The line up of this year's Eurorock, Belgian's
main festival for wave-gothic-electro-industrial, was announced today.
It features - amongst many others of course - several Belgian acts:
Dawn Visitors, Obverse Reality, The Neon Judgement, Geschmäcksverstärker,
Suicide Commando, Monolith,
Morn' Omina, Hybryds
The festival starts with a big party on Thursday the 1st of August,
celebrating 5 years of Eurorock. Headliners are John Foxx and Corvus
Corax (02.08), Covenant and The Gathering (03.08) and Soft Cell and
||New website for Dark Entries magazine
||Belgian magazine Dark Entires reinforced its online
presence with a new website featuring the usual information on the
scene: news, interviews, reviews, links, agenda, ... And they made
it easier for you to find their place in cyberspace, by the means
of their new url http://www.darkentries.be.
As it also contains the articles written for the paper version of
the magazine, it ensures hours of reading in both Dutch and English.
By the way, Dark Entries announces the third chapter in their Dark
Demons demo sampler series, which should guarantee a new shipload
of Belgian acts worth to discover.
||IC 434 presents new album live
||They've been out of sight for a while but Antwerp
IC 434 has returned with a new album 'The banished', released
on Body Records, a sub-label of Dirk Ivens' Daft
Records. Geert de Wilde will present his new compositions live
at the Twieoo in Ghent on the 28th of July, backed-up by keyboarders
Sven Kerstens and Bert Cruysweegs.
Support act for the night is Propulsion,
who will showcase their newcomer 'Flesh & blood' which is also
released this month.
||Star Industry alive
||The modest Alive
Festival in Sankt-Vith (B) has been following its very own course
for several years now, inviting alternative acts you won't see at
for instance Pukkelpop. On stage on previous editions were amongst
others Crematory, HIM, Star Industry, Front 242 and Oomph!. This year's
edition again offers 3 days of electronica & rock with a.o. The
Sisters of Mercy and Star
Industry playing both on Sunday 28.07. The festival starts on
the 26th of July.
||Alfa Matrix gathers in Belgian bands
||Next to Aïboforcen, the band powered by label
owner Séba Dolimont, the young Belgian label Alfa
Matrix signs two new Belgian names to its roll: Implant and Nebula-H.
a new band formed by Deranged Psyche (ex-Fuze Box Machine singer)
and Mika (This Morn' Omina) who promise to bring EBM with a futuristic
techno twist. Their debut album "H" should be released round
is of course well known for their very unique interpretation and combination
of electro, industrial and trance music. Round October/November, their
already 4th album entitled 'Planet euphoria' will hit the shops. New
material will already be presented during the band's performance at
Eurorock this year.
||Spiral of Silence strike back with new single
||As of today, the new single 'Seed dump' is available
exclusively through the band website.
Next to the title song, produced by one of the godfathers of Belgian
alternative rock Kloot Per W, it contains the unreleased track 'Walk
away' and a cover version of Joy Division 's 'Dead souls'.
You can try to help getting this single into De Afrekening by voting
here. Check out Spiral of Silence live on the 1st of June at the
B52 in Eernegem or on the 6th of July at the Gruis night at the ACU
in Utrecht (NL).
Spiral of Silence further reports their debut album 'Leap' is available
through the Energeia
mailorder service. In the mean time, they're still looking out for
a label to release their full 'Decadent'.
||Kagan radio gives away meet & greet with
||Kagan radio - one of the most respected radio
shows in Belgium - is back in the air since the beginning of February.
And now you can win a meet & greet with Von Magnet on the 24th
of May at their concert in Antwerp (CC Luchtbal). All you have to
do is answering to this question: "What's the title of the Von
Magnet album that was released by the Belgian label Kk Records in
2000?". More info on the radio pages of the Kagan
||Belgium at the Wave Gotik Treffen
Vale of Tears announced that they're unfortunately not able to
play at WGT this year, much to their disappointment. They hope to
hit the stage next year. Belgian bands that will perform in Leipzig
are a.o. Breath of Life, Hypnoskull, Imminent, Neon Judgement, Sonar,
Industry and Suicide Commando.
||New edition of Dark Entries magazine out now
||The new Dark
Entries Magazine has arrived, issue 38 already. Coming as a special
double cover issue (Within Temptation vs Vomito Negro) it features
interviews with the cover bands and acts such as Cinema Strange, Hocico,
IC 434 (part 2), KMFDM, No Comment, This Morn' Omina, Inkubus Sukkubus
and articles on The Sound, The Gothic Novel, loads of news and cd-reviews.
The magazine comes in 52 printed A4 pages for 3,75 Euro.
||Bal Fatal lives up to its name
||Several recent disappointments such as the closing
of their usual party hall 't Syndroom and of course the forced cancellation
of their second festival, seem to become lethal for the Sint-Niklaas
based organisation Bal
Fatal. With a party coming up on the 11th of May - which had to
be moved to 't Kompas because 't Syndroom decided to stop all activities
- it seems impossible to find a suitable solution to this problem.
This means that it will probably be the last time you can enjoy Bal
Fatal in its present form!
||News from the Suicide Commando HQ
||You won't be able to miss Suicide
Commando on stage this summer. Already confirmed are Wave &
Gotik Treffen in Leipzig (Germany, 18.05), Metamatik IDsekt 2002 festival
in Vicenza (Italy, 06.07), Eurorock festival in Lommel (Belgium, 04.08)
and M'era Luna festival in Hildesheim (Germany, 10.08).
Furthermore, you can pre-order the High Voltage III sampler, compiled
by Johan Van Roy (Suicide Commando), which will be officially out
on May 24th. It's a collaborative release between COde and the new
german label Dying Culture. High Voltage III contains material and
mixes from bands like Solitary Experiments, Stin Scatzor, Prothese,
Project-X, Aslan Faction, E.S.R., Empusae,
Mnemonic, Kil67, Cryogene ...
And Johan Van Roy already announces the Noise Terror III festival
which most likely will take place on saturday the 26th of October
at M.O.D. in Hasselt (Belgium), date to be confirmed. And you can
help. Send Johan an e-mail
stating which electronic-industrial band(s) you would like to see
at Noise Terror III, and if possible, they'll make your wishes come
true. From all mails they'll select some winners who'll get free tickets
for the festival.
||New book by Mick Mercer out now
||'21st Century Goth' is the title of Mick
Mercer's 4th book which is available as of today. It includes
276 pages, 174 photos, including 20 full-page photos. This book concentrates
on what is on the Net that is Goth-related, and breaks it down into
sections. 5517 sites are reviewed or listed.
The contents are as follows: bands (960 reviewed - 982 listed/categorised),
clothes/goth-related businesses (371 r - 34 c), clubs (159 - 60) goth
people (709 - 404), goth sites (285 -108), locations (241 - 124),
resources (44 - 47), zines (192 - 27), webrings (47 - 76), visual
rock (33 - 31), sites of interest - which contains much weird material
(417 - 166).
BDAMD features in this publication with the comment: "Big on
news and reviews, with good detail in scene links". The publication
can be ordered online at Amazon.de.
||Vomito Negro split in unclear circumstances
||There's little doubt about the fact that Guy Van
Mieghem and Gino De Vos decided to call it quits. It seems that Guy
Van Mieghem will continue to use the name Vomito Negro, while Gino
De Vos has already set up his own project Dreamwaver.
However, due to the apparent troubled circumstances in which this
decision was taken, BDAMD will not publish any further statement on
this matter until the clouds clear up a bit. Of course, you're free
to leave your comments on the BDAMD guestbook.
||The Last Fall update
||Dark atmospheric act The Last Fall, a solo project
by Alain Posset, recently released its first website.
Although we're talking about a newcomer, the site looks very professional
and is certainly worth a visit. In extension to its Identifile
on BDAMD this January, it offers the usual information including mp3s
and the possibility to order releases directly from The Last Fall.
Unfortunately, as of today, there is no news on a possible release
date of the new The Last Fall album 'Unknown treasures'.
||Second Bal Fatal Festival cancelled
||Following the disappointing news earlier on Vomito
Negro not being able to perform, it's now confirmed that the second
Bal Fatal Festival is cancelled completely. This festival was to be
held in Sint-Niklaas on May 11 with IC 434, Hypnoskull, A Split Second,
Vomito Negro and a special late night act by Sonar.
If you already have a ticket, you can return it to the seller and
get your money back. Meanwhile, the organisation will probably try
to get the announced line-up on stage later on.
||Full schedule for vidnaObmana
||As part of his Inferno tour, vidnaObmana returns
to Sint-Niklaas after some 15 years to headline the annual Independent
Music & Arts festival on April 6. A month later, on the 17th
of May, he'll perform in Lier (B) together with jazz musician Joris
De Backer at a concert organised by the Flemish classical radio station
Klara (VRT). This
show will be broadcasted live. Additional performances are planned
for the USA (May) and Russia (St-Petersburg, July).
In the mean time, the long-awaited collaboration album of vidnaObmana
with Steve Roach (Projekt) will be released soon. Also due to come
out, this time on Klanggalerie, is a limited 7" containing songs
of the 'Tremor' and 'Spore' recordings: 'Isolation trip/Path of distortion'.
For more info on this and other releases, visit vidnaObmana's excellent
||Ah Cama-Sotz to release new album on Hands
||A busy bee as always, Ah Cama-Sotz will be releasing
a new album soon on the German label Hands. Check out the 'recent
belgian releases' column to the right to stay up to date.
In further news, ACS made it easier for its fans to find the website.
Today, it launched www.ahcama-sotz.com
which will be offering to usual news, information, mp3s and graphics
in their very own style.
||Vomito Negro cancels all concerts for 2002
||The news section on the Side-Line website reports
Vomito Negro won't play live until the end of 2002. Reportedly, frontman
Guy Van Mieghem will undergo a surgical operation to reconstruct his
left arm. This news affects amongst others the Bal Fatal Festival
(Sint-Niklaas), which furthermore features A Split Second, IC 434,
Sonar and Hypnoskull on the bill. It is not yet clear whether the
release of the album will be delayed as well.
||Eurorock summer festival indoors
||The 2002 edition of Belgium's biggest dark alternative
music festival Eurorock
will be held indoors for the first time. The organisation took this
decision to prevent situations similar to those of the history of
the festival. Visitors of the 2001 edition probably remember a tent
taking off into free space. Also the weather, as hard to predict or
control as it is, played a more important role at this festival the
past few years then most would have wished.
For exact location, itinerary and pictures of the Soeverein event
hall in Lommel, go to the official Eurorock press statement.
In the mean time, more acts are announced to perform at Eurorock 2002.
Belgian bands are: Suicide Commando, Ancient Rites, Hybryds,
||Buropolitik searches remixers
||With a new album in the pipeline, EBM duo Buropolitik
are looking for bands who are interested in remixing two tracks for
a forthcoming mcd. One track is called 'Safety word' and can be found
on their current album 'Fall and forget'. The other song 'DeathChamber'
is still in the making.
Buropolitik recently participated on the Dark Demons sampler and featured
on the bill of Eurorock Indoors last January. You can listen to some
audio files on their website.
||Spiral of silence finally broken
||It's been quite a long time since their latest
release, but cold wave band Spiral
of Silence is coming out of the dark real soon. Together with
the famous Belgian alternative musician-producer Kloot per W, SOS
will a record a new single due to hit the streets by the end of March.
For this moment, there is no confirmation wether the album 'Decadent'
will be released soon as well.
||Kagan radio back on air
||Today, Kagan aired its first radio show in over
two years. Famous for their combination of hits, unknown acts and
tracks, information, agenda and specials, Kagan is one of the longest
running radio shows at Radio Scorpio (Leuven, B). You can listen to
an hour of wave-gothic-electro-industrial every Tuesday between 21:00
and 22:00. Furthermore, Radio Scorpio is working on online broadcasting,
which will enable a larger public to listen to Kagan.
The playlist of this first transmission will appear on the Kagan site
soon. Starting in 1992, Kagan celebrates its 10th anniversary this
year, but more news about that will be revealed later.
||New album for Vomito Negro
||The following statement appeared on the New Empire
message board: "After ten years of silence, partly due to Guy
Van Mieghem being injured, Vomito Negro will this year release a new
album. According to the unofficial site supported by Guy Van Mieghem
himself, the new material will be quite different from the earlier
efforts of the band, and contain many different musical influences."
The unofficial site further reports Triton will release the new album
on May 15.
This message becomes even more reasonable knowing that Vomito Negro
features on the bill of the 2nd Bal Fatal Festival (Sint-Niklaas,
B) early May, together with a.o. A Split Second and IC 434 (check
the events page for more details).
||Siglo XX back from the dead
||After earlier messages saying Siglo XX guitar
player Antonio Palermo was planning his come-back in the music business
with The Honeymoon Cowboys, it is now reported that Siglo XX will
reunite. The last sign of life came in 1989 with their album 'Under
a purple sky'. Let's hope we'll be able to experience these icons
of the Belgian scene live as soon as possible.
||Antonio Palermo (Siglo XX) back with new band
||Antonio Palermo - known as guitarist with the
80s cult band Siglo XX - formed a new band called The Honeymoon Cowboys.
After a long term of silence, he was back on stage last year as a
special guest at several concerts with Spiral of Silence. So it's
no surprise that two members of the latter band will participate in
this new project. Information about possible other members or the
musical style they will follow is not given yet.
||Some changes for BDAMD
||I've got a few short messages concerning BDAMD.
First of all, as of January 12, the domain name was finally activated.
From now on, you can reach these pages through www.bdamd.com. For
now, this url will only be used as a forward url which is easier to
remember then the one given by the webhost.
Second, BDAMD no longer offers a mailorder service through FrontStage.
Most of you will know why, others can read the January newsletter.
And third, because a website about music should offer some as well,
the BDAMD IdentiFiles are being updated with soundbits. Eventually,
I hope to add links to music on every IdentiFile. Check the IdentiFiles
page to see where you can listen to some tracks.
||Absolute Body Control tapes available for download
||All tracks by Absolute
Body Control will be available for download at the official
Dirk Ivens website in the coming weeks. Every now and then, the
songs of another tape will be uploaded. But be quick, because every
tape will only remain online for a short period. Keep up to date with
the Dirk Ivens newsletter for which you can subscribe at his website.
The files will be in .mp3 format and can be downloaded at the discography
||Many concerts and festivals in early 2002
||It seems several Belgian organisations woke up
or at least increased their activities considerably. Although you
can find all concert and party information at the BDAMD events page,
here is a short round-up of the upcoming festivities:
26.01 - De Schuur/Breendonk - Verloren Fest
26&27.01 - Hof ter Loo/Antwerp - Eurorock indoor & preselections
02.02 - Cahier de Brouillon/Hoogstraten - Black box festival
02.02 - Twieoo/Ghent - Obverse Reality
09.02 - Twieoo/Ghent - Zeromancer
01&02.03 - Kuipke/Ghent - 10 years The Invitation
13.03 - Twieoo/Ghent - Hocico, Accessory
16.03 - Magasin 4/Brussels - Sounds from down below
06.04 - Kompas/Sint-Niklaas - Independent music & arts festival
20.04 - tbc! - Bal Fatal festival
||Dark Entries launches 'Dark demons - The second
||Following the overwhelming succes of the first
Dark Demons sampler, the Belgian magazine Dark Entries give away the
'Second breed' with their nr. 36 issue. It involves 13 Belgian demo
acts who hopefully get the chance to reach a bigger audience: Empusae,
Massaker Staccato, Buropolitik, Virtual Ice, Obverse Reality, Act
Dramatic, Liquid G, Slave Seperation, Crossvaults, Erato, Art of Decay,
Sin-Tek and Foochow. Links to (most of) these acts can be found in
This release is a must-have if you want to keep up to date with the
vivid Belgian scene.
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