Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums & BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set

 Alien Sex Fiend - Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set is released by Cherry Red Records
Alien Sex Fiend - Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection

In the early 1980s the New Romantics scene had dissipated. The underground hipsters had moved on.  The fasion had hit the High Streets and the likes of Spandau Ballet and Visage were appearing on Top Of The Pops. What took its place in the underground clubs was a gothic punk scene. The likes of Sex Gang Children, The Specimen and Alien Sex Fiend were making a scene; and the place to be seen was the famous Batcave Club in London, where Nik Wade (AKA Nik Fiend) happened to worked.

Alien Sex Fiend were formed by Nik Wade (Nik Fiend), Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend), David James (Yaxi Highrizer) and Johnny Freshwater (Johnny Ha-Ha) in 1982 at The Batcave.

The band soon became known in the emerging gothic rock scene for its dark, electronic industrial-leaning sound, heavy samples and loops. They stood out from other bands in that goth punk scene and were ahead of their time in their use of synthesizers, loops and their fusing of industrial sounds with electro beats. They quickly built a loyal fan base from their exciting live performances.

In 1983 they released a cassette (The Lewd, the Mad, the Ugly and Old Nick) produced by Youth (Killing Joke). In the same year, they released the track “R.I.P.” on the Batcave Club compilation, The Batcave: Young Limbs and Numb Hymns. That year they signed to the Cherry Red subsidiary label Anagram, and released their first single, “Ignore the Machine” and the critically acclaimed debut album, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain.

The following year, they recorded two John Peel Sessions for the BBC. They managed to outstay the gothic scene and watched their contemporaries fall away before them. But by 1987 they were reduced to a duo as Mr & Mrs Fiend continued to record under the name, even though by now, their most popular days were behind them.

Alien Sex Fiend – New Christian Music
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKVTJnOj_c

No less than 12 studio albums later, the latest being Death Trip (2010), Nik Wade (Nik Fiend) & Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend) continue to record and perform live as Alien Sex Fiend.

In February 2015 Cherry Red Records released a 4 CD box set entitled Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection containing the first 4 albums – Who’s Been Sleeping In my Brain, Acid Bath, Maximum Security and It. The box set also includes single mixes, b-sides, rarities and six previously unreleased John Peel session recordings.

Alien Sex Fiend – I Am A Product
Recorded at the Brixton Fridge in September 1984
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtFSeS0hsc

Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection Box Set tracklisting:
DISC ONE
WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BRAIN?

1. WISH I WOZ A DOG
2. WILD WOMEN
3. I’M NOT MAD
4. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC
5. WIGWAM WIPE OUT
6. I’M HER FRANKENSTEIN
7. I AM A PRODUCT
8. IGNORE THE MACHINE
9. LIPS CAN’T GO
10. BLACK RABBIT

BONUS TRACKS
11. UNDER THE THUNDER (IGNORE THE DUB)
12. 30 SECOND COMA
13. RIP (BLUE CRUMB TRUCK)
14. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC (SINGLE VERSION)

DISC TWO
ACID BATH

1. IN GOD WE TRUST (IN CARS YOU
2. RUST?)
3. DEAD AND RE-BURIED
4. SHE’S A KILLER
5. HEE-HAW (HERE COME THE BONE
6. PEOPLE)
7. SMOKE MY BONES
8. BREAKDOWN AND CRY (LAY DOWN &
DIE)
9. E.S.T. (TRIP TO THE MOON)
10. ATTACK!!!!!! #2

BONUS TRACKS
10. DEAD AND BURIED
11. ATTACK!!!!!
12. BONESHAKER BABY
13. I AM A PRODUCT (LIVE)

DISC THREE
MAXIMUM SECURITY

1. I’M DOING TIME IN A MAXIMUM SECURITY TWILIGHT HOME
2. MINE’S FULL OF MAGGOTS
3. DO YOU SLEEP
4. IN AND OUT OF MY MIND
5. SPIES
6. FLY IN THE OINTMENT
7. SECONDS TO NOWHERE
8. THE BEAVER DESTROYS FORESTS
9. DO YOU SLEEP (VERSION)
10. DEPRAVITY LANE (THINK I’LL TAKE A TRIP…)

BONUS TRACKS
11. IGNORE THE MACHINE (ELECTRODE MIX)
12. ATTACK!!!!! (LIVE AT THE BBC)
13. DEAD AND BURIED (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. HEE-HAW (LIVE AT THE BBC)
15. IGNORE THE MACHINE (LIVE AT THE BBC)

DISC FOUR
“IT” THE ALBUM

1. SMELLS LIKE…
2. MANIC DEPRESSION
3. BELIEVE IT OR NOT
4. APRIL SHOWERS / WOP-BOP
5. GET INTO IT
6. LESSON ONE
7. DO IT RIGHT
8. TO BE CONTINUED…

BONUS TRACKS
9. BUGGIN’ ME
10. I WALK THE LINE
11. HERE SHE COMES
12. CAN’T STOP SMOKING
13. IN GOD WE TRUST (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. E.S.T. (LIVE AT THE BBC)

Alien Sex Fiend – I Walk The Line
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nA7KZF94wk

Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set is released by Cherry Red Records.

Necro Deathmort – experimental acid industrial dub metal

Necro Deathmort - Music of Bleak Origin on Distraction Records
Necro Deathmort - Music of Bleak Origin

Necro Deathmort return with a second album Newcastle’s finest label, Distraction Records.

Music of Bleak Origin is released on July 4th 2011.  The CD release comes in a heavy duty plastic sleeve containing a double-sided 18-panel poster on woodfree stock by Dominic Hailstone, the man responsible for Mogwai’s Batcat & Isis’ Holy Tears promo videos and the unsettling creature effects in Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy video.

Two years on from their debut album, This Beat Is Necrotronic, Necro Deathmort are still fusing industrial noise and death metal strands of gothic proportions with drone rock and electronica acid squelches.

The result is dark, gloomy, foreboding and definitely not for anyone looking for a sing-a-long chorus to accompany a pleasant journey from a to b.

The album opens with Jaffanaut, all crunchy fuzz, cathedral buzz and a slice of dubstep squelch thrown in for good measure.  The album then kicks into gear with In Binary with its walls of wails and stadium drone and vocals, low down and echoing in the mix as if fighting to be heard at all..  Temple Of Juno and Űberlord continue the pace with strong, solid beats and subwoofer-baiting hooks, before the machine-gun pulse and loud crackle-and-hum of For Your Own Good pushes on and pulls you in.

With Devastating Vector the album moves onwards and upwards with a livelier dance drumbeat. The bass still throbbing, guitar still churning and industrial noises still present, it comes to life with robotic and acid bleeps.  These extra layers open up a lighter, more accessible channel for the music. Three-and-a-half minutes pass before the music drops completely and Devastating Vector takes on an amazing dubstep industrial drone.  I love this track.

The acid theme continues as Devastating Vector seamlessly drifts into the Joey Beltram-esque Blizzard. This is the most accessible and ‘dance’ oriented track on the album as the death metal element is nowhere to be seen, replaced instead by heavy use of a phaser and more acid bleeps. Enjoying Blizzard as much as Devastating Vector and possibly falling into a false sense of security I’m thinking the final two tracks are going to keep the industrial monster at bay.

Track 8 – The Heat Death Of Everything is a very apt title as acid whimpers are finally put to sleep and the slow death metal monster awakes with a migraine! Listening to this drone paints a clear picture of everything falling into eternal death.  Slow pending drumbeat, throbbing bass chords, gutter screams and nihilistic doom.  Purgatory from Dante’s Inferno is put to music!

Moon is the final track on the album.  A slow, warm burning track that completes a soundtrack that started at the beginning, before something was awoken and disturbed from slumber.  Like a classic film narrative, Moon, with its slowly creeping drone-infused overtones returns the story to equilibrium, bring the album to a close and silence.

Music of Bleak Origin is not going to appeal to the masses.  The album is powerful, a nightmare of the darkest and geandest scale and plays like a filmscore or a death metal opera.

Necro Deathmort – Music of Bleak Origin tracklisting:
1.    Jaffanaut
2.    In Binary
3.    Temple Of Juno
4.    Űberlord
5.    For Your Own Good
6.    Devastating Vector
7.    Blizzard
8.    The Heat Death Of Everything
9.    Moon

Necro Deathmort is Matthew Rozeik and AJ Cookson.

Music of Bleak Origin by Necro Deathmort is released as a limited CD album (1000 only) and digital download on Distraction Records.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDr5p8pMxoo&feature=related

For more information visit Necro Deathmort’s Facebook page.

page or Distraction Records website.

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