Sunday 1 March 2015

Global EBM releases in 2015 overview

Here's what to look forward to in 2015!

Sturm Café - Europa!
Date: March
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Label: Private release

It's ten years since their last release, and the time has finally come for the new album. This is definently one of the biggest highlights of 2015. Fans have been craving new music from this Swedish duo for a very long time. Europa is a full length album which will come in both CD and LP format and will feature a ton of new tracks, as well as previously known songs, which were sporadically released digitally some time after their debut, and which have become huge hits. These tracks are remastered, so even there will be some fresh blood, so to speak! Music is mastered by a person who usually deals with an entirely different style of music, which also adds a fresh perspective. You will be able to take café sometime around March.

Equitant - Operative
Date: late 2015
Format: digital
Label: Black Montanas

Equitant is always very active, and we at least get a new hard hitting remix every once in a while. This year however the time has come for a fresh release, and Equitant is taking a somewhat different approach to the musical style this time. According to Ray, the man behind the project, he will return to the 80's inspired theme, where you will hear a synthesis of cold, raw, and analogue body music. Operative EP will also feature one track with vocal performance with Pascal from ELITE! (our beloved bad ass bodypunk guy). This EP is also a sign of things to come: a full album release with the same title will follow in 2016 on Italian synth/EBM label EK Product.

Stockholm Wrecking Crew - 
Date: Mid/Late 2015
Format: CD and digital
Label: Eine Tasse Jäger Records

SWC is among the first bodypunk bands to be released on Eine Tasse Jäger Records. Before the birth of the label, we have been following Stockholm Wrecking Crew closely, not the least because of their hardcore approach to EBM, which both in vocals and musical compositions always stood out from the scene, and did their own thing. Now this thing is getting a full album release, including a few remixes from some bad ass names in the EBM scene. Stockholm Wrecking Crew have had many years of experience and now are sounding more professional and one-of-the-kind than ever before.

Spark! - Spektrum
Date: February 2015
Format: CD and limited 2CD
Label: Progress Productions

Spark! has been sort of away from the EBM scene for a couple of years, concentrating on other musical styles. A recent change in the band's line-up left it to be a one-man band, but this wouldn't bring it to a halt. Instead we have a big album containing music from the same man, but featuring a huge variety of vocalists from electro and EBM scene, some of which are people from Spetsnaz, NordarR, NZ, Pouppée Fabrikk, Dupont, and so on. The release is very varied (in a positive way) and very exciting.

A.D.A.C. 8286 -
Date: Rumoured 2015
Format: CD
Label: Eine Tasse Jäger Records

This already legendary band has been making new music since their last release in 2009. Material is ready, growling vocals are ready, black painted car is wrecked and ready, and only some minor adjustments remain. If all goes according to plan, this should be another of the first releases on Eine Tasse Jäger Records. Expect some unexpected(!) music combos like anhalt ebm, bodypunk, boogie (bodyboogie!), and of course psychobilly. Fans have been craving a new release from this band ever since their last one, and even though we have a few of the upcoming tracks released on youtube, the remaining material seems secret and exciting, considering the unusual and unexpected mixes and approaches taken in the last album.

Werksfront -
Date: first half 2015

Little is known about Werksfront, except that it is a new German old school EBM project, and by the sound of their demos released on soundcloud, there are people behind it, who know what they are doing. We have heard stuff that has been explicitly made to sound like music from the early 80's, a track called Stahlwerk, that is not a cover of Volt's original with the same name, and a generally old school somewhat punky attitude. We don't know much more, but it seems like their debut release should be a treat for those who are looking for anhalt EBM with its own sound. The debut release is going to be a full length album.

La Santé -
Date: first half 2015

Now this is something entirely different. It's punk with clean vocals, entirely in Polish, and sounds dark and grim. Their demo release a few years back had track titles such as "bread and cocaine" (translated), and that sounds pretty grim. This is a very promissing project, with a very different approach, and by the judge of their recent demos, it is a slower kind of bodypunk music.

Orange Sector - Glasmensch
Date: February 2015
Format: CD and Digital
Label: Infacted Recordings

It's almost impossible to count all the releases from Orange Sector, of which some are pretty good and some have been a little bit too similar to tell the difference. But when the band makes something good, it truly shines. This new release is an EP and it is actually already released. It only contains two unique tracks, in addition to a bunch of remixes.

White Trash Wankers - secret
Date: secret
Format: secret
Label: secret

Wankers keep wankin'. Although not confirmed, but rumoured, there is some sort of ultra-mega-secret collaboration going on with another band. If all goes according to plan, this should lead to an EP release sometime this year, but any other details are lacking/secret at the moment.

Container 90 -
Date: first half 2015
Format: EP, possibly CD and vinyl
Label: Sham Recordings

The legendary Swedish electropunks and oldschoolers never rest. This spring should see a release of a new EP, and we can expect some new electropunk chants. Their facebook page is spawning lots of images of do-it-yourself process, so it will have a personal touch, as other releases by Sham Recordings.

Astma -
Date: May/June 2015
Format: CD
Label: Electro Agression Records

A new release from this famous Swedish band has been in the works for quite a while now. We are talking a big double album here, CD format. The first features new material (and possibly previously unreleased tracks), while the second includes a long list of remixes from a huge selection of varying (in terms of style) EBM artsits. The release has been pulled back a few times earlier, but the label seems confident that it should see day of light approximately around May this time.

VA - double CD with various artists from Eine Tasse Jäger Records
Date: Mid/Late 2015
Format: Digital, 2CD
Label: Eine Tasse Jäger Records

This release is still at an early administrative planning stage, but what is sure so far is that it will be a double CD compilation. The first CD will feature entirely new tracks from various bands, and the second will feature tracks of the same artists, but within a specific theme. No more can be revealed, but one thing can be said: the second CD is something that hasn't been done in anhalt/oldschool EBM before.