The Underworld

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Dark 7 2012

Time to return to the Camden Underworld for the latest Sychrotrax all-dayer, Dark 7, headlined by Deviant UK. Opening band K-Nitrate had to pull out, with Paresis arriving at short notice to open up. Today’s sets featured a number of bands that had played at previous Sychrotrax events, as well as a few requests later in the day.

Mentallo + The Fixer – Sacrilege (Angel Of Death Mix)
Placebo Effect – Slashed Open
yelworC – Soulhunter
Dance Or Die – 432
The Klinik – Moving Hands
Vomito Negro – No Hope No Fear
Klutæ – Circus Of Death


Leech Woman – Tool
God Lives Underwater – No More Love
Hanzel Und Gretyl – Fukken Uber Death Party
The Galan Pixs – Pearl Necklace

<Ghost In The Static>

Aesthetic Perfection – Inhuman
Shiv-R – Pharmaceutical Grade
SAM – Hallucinogen


And One – Wasted (B)
Tenek – Blinded By You
Method Cell – Push
Assemblage 23 – Let Me Be Your Armour (B)
Ashbury Heights – Anti-Ordinary

<Analog Angel>

Heimatærde – Deus Lo Vult (R)
V2A – Electro-Whore

<Machine Rox>

Fixmer-McCarthy – Free Fall
Pow[d]er Pussy – Yourmove
Straftanz – Die Neue F-Klasse (Ein Panzerleid)

<Kommand + Kontrol>

Dreams Divide – Faces
Project Pitchfork – Drone State (B)
John Foxx – Underpass (R)
Gary Numan – I Die:You Die (B)
Skinny Puppy – Assimilate (R)
:Wumpscut: – Black Death (French Texture)

<Deviant UK>

Laibach – WAT

Cybersonik 2011

The follow-up to Dark 7 – book seven UK bands and host an afternoon and evening of live music in the Camden Underworld. Despite putting the first band on stage a mere 10 minutes after opening the doors, they managed to pull a great crowd and the venue stayed busy for the duration. Special credit goes to the guys from Machine Rox, who organised the whole event. As for me, I was doing the bit between the bands….here’s what was played.

Haujobb – Dead Market
Seabound – Hooked

<Dreams Divide>

KiEw – DCDisk
Xotox – Roboterkrieg

<Decayed Reflection>

Rabia Sorda – What You Get Is What You See
Solitary Experiments – Still Alive
Culture Kultur – War Is Over
XP8 – Out Of Control


[:SITD:] – Laughingstock
á;GRUMH – Ha People!
A Split Second – Rigor Mortis
Click Click – Sweet Stuff

<Kommand + Kontrol>

Solar Fake – Why Did I Raise The Fire
Psy’Aviah feat Ayria – Into The Game
Unter Null – Sick Fuck

<Machine Rox>

Lights Of Euphoria – White Wall
VNV Nation – Control
Covenant – Ritual Noise

<Method Cell>

System:FX – Overdrive
Feindflug – Glaubenskrieg
Skinjob – Hate
Reaper – Unrensand


Moby – We Are All Made Of Stars

Dark 7 2011

Dark 7 was an event organised by the members of the band Machine Rox. The concept was to book a number of UK scene bands (the only overseas act, Terror Error, withdrew before the event) and hold a one day mini-festival in the Camden Underworld.

System:FX were called into headline, although the first four bands on the bill were completely new to me. A scan through various online profiles and chance to watch soundcheck gave me a chance of devising a vaguely relevant set before each band came on, and despite an occasionally sticking ‘Play’ button, it seemed to go quite well. So here’s what was played.

Digicore – We Will Protect You
Godflesh – Like Rats
Concrete Lung – Destructive
Revolting Cocks – Key To The City (Vegas Mix)
16 Volt – Cables + Wires
Pitchshifter – Please Sir

<Ghost In The Static>

ClockDVA – The Sonology of Sex II
This Morn’Omina – Epoch (ccf) – Certainty


PAL – Gelöbnis (Terrorfakt Remix)
Aphex Twin – Phloam
Future Sound Of London – We Have Explosive

<Digital Deformation>

Skinjob – Beauty Is Your Toy
Modulate – Skullfuck


Gary Numan – Films
Project Pitchfork – K.N.K.A. (Climax Version)
Deviant UK – You Will Burn

<Global Citizen>

Angelspit – 100%
Ayria – The Gun Song
Nachtmahr – Mädchen In Uniform

<Machine Rox>

Be My Enemy – This Is The New Wave
Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital
Chemical Brothers – Music:Response
The Inkspots – I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire


Covenant – One World One Sky

The Birthday Massacre UK Debut

I had no idea prior to tonight’s show exactly how crowded the Underworld would be tonight. Whilst I could see The Birthday Massacre have an appeal to a wide variety of alternative sub-cultures, as far as reputation was concerned, I don’t remember them ever so much as registering beyond those of us to trek off to European festivals where this kind of band forms much of the line-ups on offer. It was the first UK show for this Canadian collective, so the queue tailing right round the back of the World’s End prior to door opening must have been some encouragement. Continue reading

Killing Miranda, Deathboy and Summa

Whilst I’d seen Killing Miranda once already on their Consummate tour, the half-hour slot supporting 80s dinosaurs Zodiac Mindwarp failed to really fuel my hunger for a decent live showing from a band who had clearly come a long, long way from their early days in the late-90s London goth scene. With Europe now in their sights, Killing Miranda were making no secret of the fact that this was to be their last London show for several months, possibly longer. The fact that I’d seen them 10 times previously mattered little if anything – I wanted more, and wasn’t about to miss this. Continue reading

Diary of Dreams & Psyche

Has anyone realised that I actually quite like Diary of Dreams? They don’t have a huge UK following, but I seem to have been writing about them long enough, so obviously I’m going to have to work a little bit harder to convince people how good they are. Tonight’s gig was of particular interest for two reasons. One, it was in support of the ‘Nigredo’ album, a complex concept piece that didn’t seem to endear itself to a killer live show. And two, Darrin Huss’ long-running project Psyche was supporting. Darrin had actually thought to e-mail me a few months ago, asking me why I wasn’t writing about him. Well, here I am now. Continue reading

Zodiac Mindwarp, Killing Miranda & Brutal Deluxe

It said Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction on the ticket, as well as at the top of the page. They were headlining, after all. But I was really only here to see Killing Miranda tonight. They’d spent the last month or so touring the UK in support of ‘Consummate’ (their long-awaited third album, and a damn fine CD it was, too), but were unable to get a headlining slot in London this side of Christmas. Hence their billing behind Zodiac Mindwarp. Continue reading

The Crüxshadows (+ Swarf, Silence Is Sexy & Tracer)

The Crüxshadows first played at Slimelight back in 2001. They went down a storm, and had returned every year since, always playing to a packed crowd (admittedly in small venues, but that’s the UK scene for you), and always playing a better show than their cramped surroundings should have allowed. They now returned to the site of that memorable show to headline a ticketed show, as opposed to their earlier ‘nightclub guest appearance’ slot. On one of the hottest days of the year so far. Sounds familiar? Continue reading

Mortiis (+ Susperia, Needleye and Interlock)

The former Emperor man is always guaranteed to draw a crowd. His black metal legacy ensures plenty of ‘pentagram and long black hair’ types will put in an appearance, whilst his troll-like prosthetics have grown in acceptability since ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ made demi-human races the ‘in thing’. And me? I just liked his last album, a strange mix of electro-pop, industrial and a vague hint of his black metal past. But more on that later. Continue reading

The Crüxshadows (+ Katscan, Chillburn & Spermwhale)

The USA has produced many a gothic band in it’s time. Christian Death, London After Midnight and Sunshine Blind all spring to mind. And then of course there are the Crüxshadows. Making what is now their yearly journey to our beloved capital, Rogue and company this time managed to surpass the club and festival slots and headline a show in their own right. On a Monday night. Don’t know who’s idea that was, but at the same time that was no reason to miss a show from this most unique of live acts. Continue reading