STONEBURNER (Negative Gain)
Steven Archer is no stranger to the dark electronic/rock scene with his other long-running projects; Ego Likeness, and Hopeful Machines. One of the hardest working guys in the scene, Steven will be releasing his 5th album with NGP. Most of his material is sans-vocals, building an arsenal of tribal rhythms and electronic undulations that would make the people of Arrakis lose control. Steven Archer is a multifaceted musician, artist and writer. He is best known for his work with the electronic rock band Ego Likeness (Metropolis Records) as well has is abstract electronica project ::Hopeful Machines::. Stoneburner is his vision of the music and philosophy of Frank Herbert's Dune book series. The forthcoming album "The Agony Box" will be release in the summer of 2017.
FIRES (Metropolis Records)
This is the ethos behind FIRES, new project from Eric Sochocki (Cryogen Second, Becoming The Devourer), which sees a return to his dance roots. However, this return is not to familiar territory, as FIRES does not opt for political warnings entrenched in post-apocalyptic imagery, as seen in Cryogen Second, or towards the esoteric and ephemeral, like Becoming the Devourer. Instead, FIRES is a direct reach inward and expressed in pop melodies, electronic rock, and nods to the retro-futurism of Synthwave.
FIRES began in August of 2016 and the first single (Counting Walls) was released in October of 2016, and quickly began circulating throughout the US industrial scene. A second single (To Be All Alone) was released a few weeks after. In early 2017, the band signed to Metropolis Records to release FIRES' debut album, Red Goes Grey, in September of the same year. This album can trace its musical lineage directly to industrial acts like Imperative Reaction, Aesthetic Perfection, and Alter Der Ruine, while taking pieces from modern Synthwave producers like Carpenter Brut, S U R V I V E, and Vogel.
ECTOPROXY (Venus Aeon Records)
EctoProxy is an other-worldly synthesis of intense musical styles and textures, that ensnares its listeners, enveloping them in a dark, sonic realm, where their innermost musings become material and animate. Prose prophet, DÅMI∆N (vocals, guitar, programming) and sample sorceress, ZµµL (live samples, synth) manifested the EctoProxy in 2014 in an effort to combine industrial machines, thrashing guitars, haunting synthesizers, dirty rap beats, and penetrating lyricism, to create a sound of alchemical perfection. In 2015, DÅMI∆N and ZµµL encountered dimension splitter, CBZL (synth, guitar, vocals), and decided to work together, to insert their creation into the worlds of Witch House, Electronica, and Rock, where it could have the most impact. EctoProxy has a voice uniquely it’s own. EctoProxy is an answer to a question yet unasked. EctoProxy is coming. Quickly making waves in their local scene, they've opened for bands such as; Prayers, Genitorturers, & The March Violets.