Electronic/Industrial Bass Artist SINthetik Messiah Announces The Release of Their Single “Black Sheep”

(Features Hart Fortenbery of SyFy’s “Deep South Paranormal”)


July 11, 2019
 – Cajun electronic/industrial bass artist SINthetik Messiah very proudly announces the release of their new single, “Black Sheep.” 

“Black Sheep” features the voice of Hart Fortenbery from the hit SyFy Channel show, “Deep South Paranormal.”  Mixing and Mastering was done by Joe Haze (Lords of Acid) and artwork  was done by Rob Walden Design.

For fans of : The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails & Rabbit Junk.

The concept behind the music:

“Black Sheep” is a term to describe a family member that just doesn’t belong, the one that took a “different path.”

Hart Fortenbery of SyFy Channel’s show “Deep South Paranormal”and Bug Gigabyte have been friends for many years. They are even known to have both of their bands do back-to-back sets together at many benefit shows in the south. A while back while drinking large amounts of whiskey at Hart’s humble abode, the Swamp Pop Palace, Hart and Bug started discussing the idea of doing a track together.

The beginning of “Black Sheep” has  a snippet of that very conversation. Musically, with “Black Sheep” Bug Gigabyte was trying to describe Hart Fortenbery’s life; minimal yet complex in a way only a shaman can understand.

Bug also wanted to make the structure, sound design as well as the meaning of the track an indirect tribute to THE PRODIGY for their recent loss of Keith Flint. THE PRODIGY has been a major influence to Bug Gigabyte ever since the beginning of his musical career.    

Bug Gigabyte


Home-grown on the bayous of Louisiana, professional sound designer Bug Gigabyte has been the main composer, producer and sound engineer for SINthetik Messiah since the very beginning. Bug is known in Louisiana for creating Industrial Dubstep under his band name, SINthetik Messiah. Recently, the band was also named as one of the top rock acts in the Acadiana area{South Louisiana,USA) by The Times of Acadiana in 2019. SINthetik Messiah has also received radio play throughout the globe on physical and digital radio stations.

Bug also started SMTVSINthetik Messiah Television, which is a non-profit, art-based television program that helps give financial relief to art and music teachers in the Louisiana state public school system. SINthetik Messiah has also received recognition in both newspaper and digital publications for the benefit work they put back into the communities throughout the gulf coast of the USA.

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Israeli Dark Electronic Act LIYA Reveals Her New Video, “No Meaning.”


July 2, 2019 – Israeli dark electronic act LIYA proudly announces the release of her new video, “No Meaning.”  

The “No Meaning” video was filmed on the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel and was directed by Ohad Elimelech.  The single, “No Meaning” appears on LIYA’s debut EP, “Listen” available digitally via Blind Mice Productions.  

For fans of: The Birthday Massacre & Depeche Mode

LIYA explains that “‘No Meaning’ deals with depression after a breakup… where there is no meaning to life and everything seems dark.” As she relates that every track on the EP is based on “true experiences I’ve had with the concept of love,”  she continues, “apparently for me heartache goes hand in hand in fueling my creativity.”

“Liya is haunting and beautiful on cerebral and visceral levels, creating a sexuality that is the ideal antithesis of any and all pop divas, with enough musical talent to validate it.  Her humanity bleeds over into the multilayered compositions backing her up. This is one artist who deserves recognition above ground for taking a chance and heading down her own path.” – AEA Fanzine

“…a great atmosphere with a good beat, dancy synth and then Liya’s beautiful voice… Really cool for a woman to make this kind of music! The industrial and EBM scenes are way too male dominated, and even sexist and misogynistic at times. We need more artists like this!” – Caroline Sometimes


LIYA TREBITCH is a singer/songwriter from Tel-Aviv, Israel.

From playing the piano and composing since the age of 5, LIYA started making electronic music at the age of 23.  Inspired by new wave, synthpop, darkwave and industrial, her music has deep, dark melodies that take you out of your ordinary world.  She has also performed extensively throughout Europe and Israel with DJ Yahel while working on her own material.

Now presenting her debut EP “Listen” on Blind Mice Productions, LIYA is a must-hear for fans of the gripping, nostalgic intimacy of THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE to the synth-heavy compositions of DEPECHE MODE.

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Dependent Records Announces The Release of German Electronic/Industrial Act FIX8 SED8’s WARNING SIGNS


June 27, 2019 – Dependent Records (GER) is very proud to present the follow-up to FIX8 SED8’s critically-acclaimed 2017 release, FOREN6.

WARNING SIGNS was released on June 14, 2019 on CD, ltd. edition box and digital formats.

After the success of his 2017 album “Foren6”, Martin Sane’s Electronic/Industrial project Fïx8:Sëd8 is about to outgrow his cocoon. It has the potential to become that full-fledged industrial music project that might spearhead a resurrection of the traditional electronic industrial sound formerly endorsed by cult acts like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly or Mentallo & The Fixer in the 90ities. While we are writing this info, Sane is touring together with labelmates 2nd Face in South America (!), preparing his European touring activities to go along for what might become one of the strongest “Old school” electronic-industrial releases in 2019: WARNING SIGNS

The writing is on the wall in more than one way: Martin Sane’s looks at early indications of a dystopic downturn of our peaceful societies echoes in our news almost daily. The notion of insecurity and angst starts to foster and grow in various places among the earth from North America to Europe to Southeast-Asia. His new album is a soundtrack to a modern dystopic downfall that we would rather like to ignore than to face.

Musically WARNING SIGNS is so old school, it could almost be called a “Retro Industrial” album, as it includes all the ingredients that made industrial breathtaking in the 80ies: Vocal Samples, complex drum programming, and big strings mixed with structures that remind of old Skinny Puppy cult songs like “Inquisition” or “Addiction”. Like their originals, these songs need repeated listens to sink in and unfold their potential. But what amazes most is the contradiction between the theme of the album and its sound: How can something sounding so “retro” tackle problems that are so recent?

Can we afford to ignore these warning signs?



FÏX8:SËD8 is a dark electro/EBM music group based out of Frankfurt, Germany. Like many notable dark electronic music projects, FÏX8:SËD8 consists of a solo mastermind by the name of Martin Sane.

 Heavily influenced by North American industrial groups such as Velvet Acid Christ and Skinny Puppy,the “FÏX8:SËD8” sound was characterized by distinctive vocals and the excessive use of all kind of samples, complemented by rich textures, complex sequences, edgy rhythms, and charged, heartfelt vocals.

FÏX8:SËD8 self-released the debut CD entitled HUMANOPHOBIA in 2005. After spending years working with acoustic instruments, Martin Sane embarked on his first experiments within the realm of electronic music in late 2003. His extensive knowledge of traditional songcraft and instrumentation, combined with his new-found appreciation for all aspects of electronica helped bring to fruition “FÏX8:SËD8” – a purely electronic venture that revealed Sane’s preferences for dark, interlocked soundstructures.

In January 2005 Sane met electro-industrial icon Daniel Myer of Haujobb, whose talents were enlisted to produce HUMANOPHOBIA, along with Husseyin Koroglu of Phunkmob and Steve Dragon of In Strict Confidence at the final stage of production. The result was a record with an amazing degree of diversity on all levels, yet which still maintained the intriguing sonic elements that characterized the FÏX8:SËD8 sound.

Influenced and supported by fantastic bands such as BLAME, MC1R, Nordschlacht and Object, Sane starts working on his second album, DORMICUM in early 2008. Produced and mastered by DJ Barmherziger, DORMICUM pushes the characteristic Fïx8-sound to the next level. 3 years after the release of HUMANOPHOBIA, DORMICUM strikes the listener with powerful beatdriven clubtracks such as “The Needle”, “Blood Delta” or “Post Mortem Apocalypse” as well as with dark atmospheric songs such as “Guillotine Gratitude”, “Hiob” and “Methadone”.  The limited metal-box edition sells out within a few days and contributions to the infamous Dependent-“Septic”-Samplers follow helping FÏX8:SËD8 to grow an even larger fanbase. In summer, 2017 Sane releases FOREN6, FÏX8:SËD8’s third studio album.

On June 14, 2019, FIX8 SED8 released the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed FOREN6: WARNING SIGNS.

Chicago’s One-Woman Electro-Industrial Act I YA TOYAH Releases “FLASHBACK (Rhys Fulber Remix)” Video


June 25, 2019 – Chicago’s one-woman electro-industrial army, I YA TOYAH is very proud to announce the new video release for “Flashback (Rhys Fulber Remix).”

“FLASHBACK” was remixed by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly, Delerium) and the music video was filmed by Lumbra Records.  Original mix appears on  I YA TOYAH’s full-length album CODE BLUE.

“FLASHBACK (Rhys Fulber Remix)” is available digitally NOW on all major outlets and can be heard on SPOTIFY.

Rhys Fulber called this version of Flashback “a sadness on the dancefloor.”  “I envisioned Berlin at 4 am,” he said.   With the visual magic created by Lumbra Records, the viewer is teleported to Chicago reality-city lights, rush of life, and…mental alienation. The video was filmed in the middle of a cold April night. Various locations include Michigan Avenue, Bucktown, Lincoln Park and more.

I YA TOYAH landed here to spread the disease of music and infect the human race. She is a one woman army that blend the chaos and balance with familiar vibe of industrial electronica sound. Her music is a fusion of smooth, cutting edge vocals, surreal guitars, hypnotizing beats and multiple electronic synth elements arising into dark arrangements that, combined with storytelling lyrics, respond to the paranoia of everyday reality.



Following departure of Parker Clark Meehan, MF Ruckus opts to keep it simple…

Denver, Colorado – For any who know the long and storied history of the international rock combo MF Ruckus, change is the only constant and surprise is the only predictable. The band has finally officially announced their separation from long-time guitarist Parker Clark Meehan citing irreconcilable personal differences. Parker has been with the band since joining in 2012 following the departure of Tay Hamilton (Hot Apostles/Love Stallion) and Jerry Cass (White Fudge). Meehan toured with the band in support of The Dirty Half Dozen album as well as appearing in the DVD mini-doc by the same name. He went on to co-write the Thieves of Thunder album, contributing the musical composition for “Talk All Day (Don’t Say Shit)”, “Tastes Like Bleach” and title track “Thieves of Thunder” among others. He also wrote the music for several new tracks including the 2017 single “It’s a Mess”, which served as the soundtrack for chapter 1 in the band’s concept album and motion comic series, The Front Lines of Good Times. He also played guitar on the Kid Rock/Donald Trump parody “The Trump Boogie” which appeared on Funny or Die in 2016.

Parker continued to tour, write and record with the band until earlier this year when he unceremoniously terminated his collaborative partnership with the band, on the precipice of releasing the bands 3rd album, The Front Lines of Good Times Vol. I. Per an agreement reached between Meehan and the band, 3 new compositions written by Meehan and recorded for the new record will be pulled from the project to be used or not for his own purposes and at his discretion.

The band does not wish to comment as to the particular details of the split, but founder and frontman Aaron Howell offered this statement on behalf of himself and bandmates Tony Lee, Ty Blosser and Logan O’Connor: “We are thoroughly grateful for Parker’s marked and significant contribution to the band over the years. During his tenure in the band he contributed several brilliant works, a slew of great shirt designs, countless riveting and professional performances as well as a lifetime of laughs and memories on the road and in the studio. The band and fans alike will miss his signature onstage intensity as well as his inventive and unique style of writing and playing. Parker truly represents a prominent era in our long musical history. We wish him success and joy in his future endeavors.”

As this news has made it’s way through various rumor mills and sewing circles of the deep musical underground, one question keeps popping up: who will take Parker’s post opposite MF Ruckus’s not-so-secret weapon, Tony Lee Wilburn aka “The Windy City Madman”? The answer: Nobody. And that’s just fine. 

MF Ruckus is excited to take things in a new direction with this pared down lineup. This dramatic lineup change might be a major disruption were it not for the fact that Tony Lee possesses the strength and ability of 10 guitar players anyway. Undoubtedly, fans will miss the Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden inspired twin guitar leads and the yin and yan on stage dynamic between Tony and Parker, but these fans can also rest assured that MF Ruckus will continue to write, tour and put on the raucous, high energy performance so often attributed to their name.

Fans can also expect to see a more expanded and varied writing approach with all four members contributing ideas, no holds barred. Additionally, the band will be “opening the vault”, re-animating classic material from the band’s early years. This will be the first time MF Ruckus have functioned as a four-piece, one guitar lineup since the late Jordan Wieleba left the band while still in it’s pupal stage under the name Forth Yeer Freshman. The members of MF Ruckus patiently roll up their sleeves and rub their hands in anticipation for the pending release of The Front Lines of Good Times Vol. I, new comics by Jake Fairly and motion comics by Macy Lytle as well as a plan to record 20 brand new songs, new episodes of their web series MF Monday and 50 new episodes of The MF Podcast in 2019, and as always, lots of shows. To summarize, MF Ruckus ain’t even close to finished, in fact, they’re just getting started.

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Mister Sam Shearon (Creator for Clive Barker, Rob Zombie) “SHOVEL offers a disturbing tone that echoes the cultural phenomenon of the horrors that inspired such films as ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘Wrong Turn’ and ‘The Hills have Eyes’. This short film holds nothing back as the surreal soundtrack akin to an industrial nightmare drives the vibe quickly into a merciless plot twist.‘SHOVEL’ has the potential to be a full feature cult classic!”

January 11th 2019:

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For Immediate Release: Barnum, Colorado – The deranged film makers at Bloodshed Deathbath Productions have released their latest horror opus entitled Shovel. While only 7 minutes long it was a year in the making with over a dozen very intense and physically demanding shoot days which involved capturing some gripping cinematography, stellar drone work and highly detailed creature makeup and practical effects. The stunning finale of Shovel has left viewers shocked and craving for more.

The unsettling soundtrack of Shovel was performed by the horror industrial group Genessier who ratchet the terror up like a taught garrote around your neck. Using their own deepest fears the band conjured up a soundtrack for Shovel that will leave you freaked out long after the credits roll.

Shovel director Ryan Policky, “This was one of our few times of recent that we have skipped the comedy and gone for the fear, and I personally feel we hit that visual mark. Shovel is kinda like a music video mixed with traditional narrative and I love the way it came to be. For sure one of my favorite shorts I’ve had the pleasure of working on. “

Shovel stars Aeona Cruz of Terror Tales, Amateur and Unmarked fame. The young actress excelled on set and remained unfazed and professional no matter how surreal or bloody the scenes became. Doug Newville (Dinner with Leatherface, Auto Shop of Horrors) played the beast himself and thrived within the role and became the demonic brute that is Shovel. Shovel also stars Benton Mckibben (vocalist for MIRE), Isaac Archuleta (bassist for Dead for Denver), Rodney Tidwell, Amanda Eldritch and Sara Eldritch

Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination/Dead Awake) “A fun and twisted little gem, Shovel will haunt you long after the final credits roll.”

John Dugan (Grandpa from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D) “Chainsaw fans will eat ‘Shovel’ up. Stay tuned..”

Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp/The House That Wept Blood) “The visual imagery and esoteric nuances in ‘Shovel’ staggered me in a way I did not expect. This film begs to be continued.”

Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th/Terror Tales) “This is a terrifying short film – absolutely mesmerizing photography and soundtrack – abstract and darkly impressionistic in a contemporary vein. Characters that just steal a Jason’s heart! Thank You SHOVEL!” Ari Lehman the First Jason Voorhees

Brian Bonsall (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Mikey) “Genuinely well done, sick and twisted, not for the faint hearted and keeps you wanting more!”

Shovel has been released for free on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KWDFWD7/

Shovel is dedicated to the memories of Sara and Amanda Eldritch who tragically took their own lives in a suicide pact.

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Awake For Days Sign With Music Gallery International!

Awake For Days Sign With Music Gallery International!
December 4th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nuoro, Sardinia – Sardinia’s Awake for Days are an alternative modern metal band of pure heart, unwavering talent and unrelenting drive on the bleeding edge of creativity and performance in the genre. Based out of the island paradise of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy Awake for Days bring a positivity and strength to their songwriting and lyrics that is desperately missing in the current status quo of bleakness in heavy music. It was Awake for Days talent, motivation and overall originality that caught MGI’s Shawn Barusch’s eyes and ears that ultimately brought him to sign a management deal with the band.
“I am very excited to be working with this exceptional song writing group!” says Shawn. “Unlike many artists that sit at home waiting for something to happen or don’t have the balls to get out in the real music world, these young Sardinian boys are grabbing the industry like they own it!!”
Awake for Days on signing with MGI, “We are now working with Shawn Barusch to build up a new era for the band. We think that he’s the right choice in order to bring our music to the biggest audience we can. We loved his enthusiasm, and the fact that he trust in our music. We’re more than excited and curious to see where he and the MGI can take us.”
AFD was founded in 2013 and then shortly afterward released their stellar inaugural album Magnificent Disorder to universal acclaim. Magnificent Disorder was also the inspiration for the band name, “The name Awake for Days comes from a non-sleeping month we had to face producing and promoting the first album Magnificent Disorder: it was an incredible time and it paid well with all the pros and cons.”
The long awaited sophomore album Multiverse will be launched in early 2019 which will be tackling heavy subjects that other bands shy away from and will instead be bringing positivity and courage to them. “The lyrics of our new album are pretty much focused on motivational themes. They’re about fighting for life; reach what you want for your future, defeating depression and what makes you weak every day.”
The Multiverse album will be supported with heavy touring both in Europe and the USA.
Awake for Days is:
Lukas – voice
Nino – guitar
Mike – drums
Nick – bass
Awake For Days - With You (Official Video)
Awake For Days – With You (Official Video)
Awake For Days
is managed by Shawn Barusch and 
Music Gallery International 

Katie Knipp Ultimate Playlist!

National Spotlight asked blues and jazz singer Katie Knipp to share her Ultimate Playlist, including songs she loves and would enjoy doing a cover of!

“John The Revelator” by Gov’t Mule

“Work Song” by Nina Simone

“My Father’s Gun” by Elton John

“I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

“Los Ageless” by St. Vincent

“Something More Than Free” by Jason Isbell

“Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams

“Millworker” by James Taylor

“If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” by Robert Johnson

“The Other Side” by David Gray

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After The Calm Ultimate Playlist!

In this National Spotlight feature, we’ve asked After The Calm to put together their own Ultimate Playlist of songs they would like to perform live!

“Everlong” by The Foo Fighters

“The Kids Aren’t Alright” by The Offspring

“Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against The Machine

“Deadbolt” by Thrice

“Suggestions” by System of The Down

“Sleepers” by Saosin

“It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” by Underoath

“A Little Piece of Heaven” by Avenged Sevenfold

“Kickapoo” by Tenacious D

“adecentcupofcoffee” by Bilmuri

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Chip & The Charge Ups Ultimate Playlist!

A promo photo of a punk rock band in mid air as they jump and make funny faces.

Who doesn’t love a cover well done? Here, Chip & The Charge Ups share their favorite cover songs in their very own Ultimate Playlist! See if you recognize any that they have performed before!

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

“Fallen Angel” by Poison

“Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

“Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure

“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

“The Tide Is High” by Blondie

“Crackling Rosie” by Neil Diamond

“What’s My Age Again” by Blink-182

“I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones

“Party Hard” by Andrew W.K.

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