Official Press Release // TourdeForce

The Italian project TourdeForce, personified by the ingenious Christian Ryder, has always distinguished itself in the alternative electro sector for the excellent ability to combine sonic experimentation, high – and sometimes courageous – meaning in content, captivating melodism and such a particular imprint that has made its instantly recognizable style. The result obtained by this…

Monstergod – Ozymandias | Review by Alien E Zine

by Ján Peter Háber  | Jun. 10, 2022 | My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings. This was the name given by the ancient Greeks to the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II (279-1213 BC). In the early 19th century, Horace Smith and Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote sonnets about him as part of a friendly competition. However,…

Official Press Release // Monstergod

The new record incursion by the Polish Monstergod impacts like an asteroid, spreading around it a fascinating concept and a sonic aura that will attract all admirers of electronic obscure musicality. With “Ozymandias” the duo act reaches a further level of prestige in its repertoire, proving how fervent the compositional ability of the two components…

Radio Città Aperta | Intervista con Zero A.D.

Gianluca Polverari | 10.01.2022 | Il duo romano synth wave, ebm, dark wave degli ZERO A.D. è tornato dopo oltre dieci anni con il suo nuovo album “Consistency” edito dalla Space Race Records. Andrea Tomasich, voce del gruppo, è stato ospite di Gianluca Polverari per raccontare e far ascoltare questo nuovo interessante disco. ASCOLTA L’INTERVISTA

Zero A.D. – Consistency | Review by Alien E Zine

by Ján Peter Háber  | Jan. 02, 2022 | Italy is one of the countries that has a rich synthesizer tradition. In the 80’s of the last century, the style with the distinctive designation Italo Disco (Baltimore, Gazebo, Sabrina, Ken Laszlo, Koto, Mozzart, …) was in the charts and discos, at the turn of the…

Second Complex – Therapy | Review by Side-Line

Second Complex is a solo-project set up by Danish musician Dan Beck (also involved with Vaylon). After having released a few singles Second Complex now unleashed its debut album featuring multiple guest singers. The last two songs are instrumental edits, but all other cuts have been accomplished with guest singers. Color Theory has been featured…

Second Complex – Therapy | Review by Alien E Zine

by Ján Peter Háber  | Dec. 02, 2021 | For many people Denmark is musically unexplored country. I confess, for me too. Maybe that’s why I was even more curious about the news from the EK Produkt label. When I first pressed play, there were tones that strongly remind me of the late hit of…

Official Press Release // Second Complex

Exceptional news for all followers of the most advanced synthpop! Refinement, modern melodism, harmony and a remarkable dose of brilliant sound technology, constitute the style of the Danish solo-project Second Complex, played by the mastermind Dan Beck, better known for being – with Ole Ulrich Jensen – one of the two members of Vaylon. Strongly…

TourdeForce – Vargtimmar | Review by Archeo-Futurismi

“Vargtimmar”, in svedese “Le ore del lupo”, è il titolo del nuovo album di TourdeForce, progetto synth di Christian Ryder, talentoso artista di Bergamo. Si tratta del terzo e ultimo atto della sua “trilogia della rabbia” iniziata nel 2014 con “Jedem Das Seine” e proseguita nel 2018 con “Very Industrial People”. Il titolo del lavoro…

DarkRoom magazine | Intervista con TourdeForce

di Alessandro Filippozzi | 14.05.2021 | L’ora più buia Con “Vargtimmar”, uscito lo scorso gennaio, il navigato musicista lombardo Christian Ryder ha ultimato quella “Anger Trilogy” (la “trilogia della rabbia”) iniziata nel 2014 con “Jedem Das Seine” e proseguita nel 2018 con “Very Industrial People”. Solo ormai da tempo al comando della sua creatura TourdeForce,…

Side-Line Reviews | Click interview with Klonavenus

KLONAVENUS is an Italian duo set up in 2005 by Paolo Chemnitz (vocals, lyrics, samples) and Saffio (music, programming, mixing). During the early years of the band they self-released an impressive number of EP’s. They finally signed to EK Product and released their official debut album “Klonawelt” in 2012. The next album “Angst” got released…

TourdeForce – Vargtimmar | Review by Darkroom Magazine

Roberto Alessandro Filippozzi | 01.04.2021 | Con “Vargtimmar” (“le ore del lupo”), il progetto di Christian Ryder chiude la “trilogia della rabbia” inaugurata nel 2014 con “Jedem Das Seine” e proseguita nel 2018 con “Very Industrial People”, tutta percorsa sotto l’egida della Space Race Records. Racchiuso come di consueto in un bel digipack completo di…

TourdeForce – Vargtimmar | Review by Side-Line

“Vargtimmar” which in Swedish means ‘hour of the wolf’ is the new album of the Italian artist Christian Ryder aka TourdeForce. The album also is the last chapter from the “Anger”-trilogy; which took off with “Jedem Das Seine” (2014) and moved on with “Very Industrial People” (2018). Content: TourdeForce holds on Electro-Pop influences, but you…

Klonavenus – Motion:less | Review by Side-Line

“Motion:less” is the First new album in five years for the Italian Klonavenus duo. The work features nine songs plus two remixes. It’s the third full-length released by Paolo Chemnitz and Saffio. The work takes off with “Dies Irae” featuring Gregorian chants, which are progressively making place for EBM power. Electronic Body Music remains a source…

TourdeForce – Vargtimmar | Review by Ascension Magazine

“Vargtimmar” (l’ora del lupo) è il nuovo album di TourdeForce, terzo capitolo della cosiddetta “Anger Trilogy” aperta nel 2014 da “Jedem Das Seine” e proseguita nel 2018 con “Very Industrial People”. Il progetto di Christian Ryder prosegue con coerenza il suo percorso “isolazionista”, con la forza ed il coraggio delle sue idee, per una sorta…

TourdeForce – Vargtimmar | Review by Alien E Zine

by Ján Peter Háber  | Feb. 22, 2021 | Christian Ryder is not a novice with his TourdeForce project. He founded the band in 2004 in Bergamo, Italy. I admit, Vargtimmar was for me the album thanks to which I have found out about this project. At first listening, I had a feeling that I am…

Official Press Release // TourdeForce

The starting point of the year 2021 is magnified by the publication of this wonderful album by the Italian solo-act TourdeForce, impersonated by the brilliant and eclectic mastermind Christian Ryder. The new full-length “Vargtimmar” represents a further advancement in the technological style of the project, which since its distant beginnings has been characterized by a…

Klonavenus – Motion:less | Review by Side-Line Magazine

by Inferno Sound Diaries | Nov. 30, 2020 | Paolo Chemnitz (vocals, lyrics, samples) and Saffio (music, programming, mixing) have been active under the Klonavenus moniker since 2005. They mainly self-released an impressive number of EP’s. A first official album was released in 2012 on EK Product. They next released “Angst” on Space Race Records…

Official Press Release // Klonavenus

The return of the Klonavenus to the scene represents a special opportunity to rediscover a project that can be considered one of the most inspired and valid in the entire recent technological panorama. Paolo Chemnitz and Saffio with this third album demonstrate their really convincing compositional skills and a solid knowledge of those particular tactics…

Gimme Shelter – Friedensfahrt | Review by Side-Linemagazine

by Inferno Sound Diaries | Dec. 3, 2019 | “Friedensfahrt” is the third official album for the German duo Robert Grolms – Niko Kötzsch. I noticed they release a new work every two years, delivering on this opus fourteen new cuts. Gimme Shelter moves on where their previous work (cf. “Kosmodrom”) had left off; a…

Gimme Shelter – Friedensfahrt | Review by Dark Music World

By Bent-Erik Scholz | September 15, 2019 |  Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2009 stehen Gimme Shelter schon für feinsten modernen Electrosound, der ganz eigene Wege geht und sich in keine Schublade pressen lässt. Auch live können die beiden Musiker Robert Grolms und Niko Kötzsch mit einfühlsamen Texten und harten Beats ihr Publikum immer wieder aufs Neue überzeugen. Nach ihrem Debütalbum…

Official Press Release // Gimme Shelter

3rd album for German Electro heroes Gimme Shelter – the ‘technological platform’ founded by the Duo of Robert Grolms and Niko Kötzsch. Also on their latest effort, the two managed to create a highly attractive sound, full of immense potential. Stylistically oriented towards advanced electro / synthpop shapes, Gimme Shelters return with an album, that…

Official Press Release // Reliant

The solo debut by Reliant – aka Ole Ulrich Jensen, frontman of the Danish electro/synthpop project Vaylon – is considered one of the most sensational novelties of this early 2019. New sonic perspectives of great class, to listen and keep in the soul, new sensations to experience: this is what “Songs From The Heart Of…

We The North / TourdeForce | Review by Darkroom Magazine

By Roberto Alessandro Filippozzi | 31 Gennaio 2019 |  La italo-svedese Space Race mette sul mercato uno split EP di qualità che rinsalda questa sua precisa dualità logistica, coinvolgendo da un lato una realtà consolidata della scena italiana come i TourdeForce di Christian Ryder, e dall’altro un nome emergente del sempre rigoglioso panorama svedese come…

Celeb MIX | Interview with Italy’s Post-Modern Pop Band NODe

by Randy | January 17, 2019 Italian post-modern pop outfit NODe (Not Ordinary, Dead) recently unveiled the music video for “S.O.D.A.” Formed in 2011, NODe released Tuning the Untunable, followed by Tragic Technology Inc. (2014), Human Machine (2016), and their latest album, Rcade. NODe’s sound blends a variety of styles, including indie, pop, punk, darkwave,…

Talent In Borders – Music & More // Interview with NODe

By Lindsey | January 29, 2019 The formal definition of “node” is a “point at which pathways intersect, creating a central connecting point.” That definition alone would be enough for the music group NODe (“Not Ordinary, Dead”), but by the band’s outlook and their fans, they are so much more. The Italian group blend a…

Official Press Release // We The North – TourdeForce

The almost casual artistic meeting of two brilliant musicians gave rise to something simply spectacular in the electro hyperspace. A special partnership based on mutual esteem and admiration, that between the Italian Christian Ryder from TourdeForce and the Swedish Johan Hansson, protagonist of the projects We The North and Unitary, represents today an event of…

TourdeForce – Very Industrial People | Review by Sonic Seducer magazine

by Stephan Wolf | Mar. 2018 | Auch auf seinem vierten Longplayer beliebt der Norditaliener Christian Ryder allenfalls vordergründig zu scherzen. So auch der Albumtitel sowie das Artwork auf den ersten Blick ironisierend oder gar spöttisch intendiert erscheinen mögen, verbaut er auf „Very Industrial People“ jede Menge gesellschaftskritisch seriösen Zündstoff. Dabei rührt er einen jederzeit…

Official Press Release // NODe

Inventiveness and refinement strongly characterize the sound of Italians NODe. The music created by this project goes beyond the ordinary stereotypes to which the listener is accustomed, ensuring him an uninterrupted flow of active entertainment and sonic spectacularity. The main element that makes this ensemble so unique is the ability to unify and perfectly balance…

Sonic Seducer Magazine | Interview with Monstergod

by Catrin Nordwig | April 2018 | Your sound is, indeed, quite a unique mixture of oldschool and newschool electronics/goth stuff, it even has some synthpop moments. How do you bring these styles together? Must be quite challenging to throw all these – seemingly – generic borders over board, mustn’t it? It’s quite funny, when…

Public Domain Resource – AntiGravity | Review by Darkroom magazine

di Alessandro Filippozzi | 19 Aprile 2018 | A poco meno di tre anni dall’apprezzato “SixYears”, il duo bergamasco composto da Ugo Crescini (voce) e Pietro Oliveri (macchine) torna col terzo lavoro sulla lunga distanza, pubblicato in un essenziale digipack da quella Space Race Records che ha accompagnato l’act sin dall’esordio. I due navigati protagonisti…

Public Domain Resource – AntiGravity | Review by VerSacrum

di Mrs.Lovett | 13 Aprile 2018 | AntiGravity è il terzo full length del duo bergamasco Public Domain Resource, formato da Ugo Crescini e Pietro Oliveri nel 2012, che, nel corso di questi anni, si è conquistato visibilità e un pubblico interessato. Lo stile del combo, pur mantenedosi rigorosamente elettronico nell’impostazione, si è evoluto verso…

Monstergod – Invictus | Review by BodyStyler

by Torsten Pape | 16.03.2018 | Ein Engel mit nur einem Flügel, der andere wurde ihm entfernt und an dessen Stelle erkennt man eine gewaltige Narbe. Was war der Grund für diese Verstümmelung? Ist sie eine göttliche Strafe, ein hartes Schicksal oder schlicht Ungerechtigkeit? Alle Möglichkeiten lassen es zu, dass man einen Monstergod für sie verantwortlich…

TourdeForce – Very Industrial People | Review by Darkroom magazine

di Alessandro Filippozzi | 4 Aprile 2018 | Tre anni e mezzo dopo l’ultima fatica in studio “Jedem Das Seine” ed a circa un paio dalla riuscita collaborazione con Sköll per “Antologia Elettronica”, l’act guidato da Christian Ryder torna col sesto lavoro sulla lunga distanza in 14 anni di attività. Ormai stabilmente solo al comando…

Kainklang musik magazin | Interview with Monstergod

by ClouDy | Apr. 1, 2018 | If something tells us please about your last work… It’s our third and the most mature longplay. It took us few years to finish it. At the time we’ve composed much more than 12 songs. However, we wanted to share something extraordinary with our audience and decided to…

Official Press Release // MonsterGod

Electro-dark and industrial rock at its best: here is the most suitable definition to describe the music of the Polish project Monstergod. Their ardently desired reappearance represents an unmissable opportunity to know how fervent is the creativity of this power-duo, through the twelve songs included in the new album “Invictus”. All track-list is a miracle…

Gimme Shelter – Kosmodrom | Review by Musik Nah

Synthipop in seiner ganz eigenen Note. Das war unser erster Gedanke, als wir dem Album “Kosmodrom” von Gimme-Shelter gelauscht haben. Man glaubt es im ersten Augenblick kaum, doch die emotionale und tragende Atmosphäre der Songs wird von nur zwei Musikern erzeugt. Ein besonderes Merkmal fällt sofort auf und ist sicher nicht nur in diesem Album…

Tourde Force – Very Industrial People | Review by Industrial Revolution

di Giovanni Rossi | 10 Marzo 2018 | Chi sono i Very Industrial People? Molto semplice: l’antitesi dei Very Important People. Sono coloro che hanno preso coscienza del declino della società, decretato dal dilagante vuoto di valori, dalla spersonalizzazione dell’essere, dall’edonismo solipsistico perpetrato a colpi di social, dalla fuga verso paradisi di plastica in cui…

Official Press Release // TourdeForce

5th album by the Italian solo-act. The project not only combines the best electro-synthpop ingredients, but also possesses a big talent for highly catchy melodies, always enhanced by intelligent and evocative lyrics. Christian Ryder once again manages to transport you into an incredibly vivid sonic journey. The intrinsic beauty of this release is already imaginable…

Official Press Release // Public Domain Resource

The long, expected return of the Public Domain Resource is finally today a reality. The Italian duo surpasses itself with this new album, conceived with technical rigor and with an extraordinary inventiveness, which demonstrates once again how remarkable are the compositional skills of these two artists. “AntiGravity” is sonic rationalization combined with melodicity, an intriguing,…

TourdeForce | Intervista de “Il Primato Nazionale”

di Alberto Tosi | 24 Febbraio 2018 | Very Industrial People, “V.I.P.”, la sesta fatica in studio dei TourdeForce è in dirittura d’arrivo. Il video del singolo è già disponibile online, mentre l’uscita del disco è prevista per il 2 di Marzo. Christian Ryder, frontman del gruppo, ci racconta in anteprima cosa aspettarci dai suoi V.I.P.…

Official Press Release // Mechatronic

Melodic freshness, elegance and a remarkable polarizing ability, are the peculiarities that have always distinguished the synthpopish / EBM songwriting of the Swedish duo-project Mechatronic, who, after further compositive refinements, have now reached their fourth album, “Still Life”, a release full of preciosity that included fourteen prospectively impeccable songs. Music for the new generations, clean,…

We The North – Unhealing | Review by ElektroSkull

by Jens Atterstrand | Jan. 17, 2018 | A competent collection of electronic pop songs. Stockholm-based Johan Hansson, who is probably best known for his future pop project Unitary, have released “Unhealing”, the sequel to “Dayblind” the album that back in 2016 introduced us to his latest creation We the North. However melancholic music works best during the year’s darker and…

We The North – Unhealing | Review by Side-Line

by Inferno Sound Diaries | Jan. 15, 2018 | Johan Hansson (previously involved with Unitary and Cyanide) unleashed the second full length of his newest project We The North. The in 2016 released debut work “Dayblind” revealed an interesting mix between electro-pop and EBM. “Unhealing” moves on there where the previous album stopped. You get…

Official Press Release // We The North

Exploring the musical universe of the Scandinavian solo-act We The North means diving into a technologically advanced and extraordinarily interactive sound, able to arouse emotions and to dialogue with the senses. The EP “Endemic” and the album “Dayblind”, both dating back to 2016, have demonstrated the great technical and executive ability of Johan Hansson, gaining…

Inferno Sound Diaries | Interview with Gimme Shelter

by Inferno Sound Diaries | September 26, 2017 | German duo Robert Grolms – Niko Kötzsch are active under the Gimme Shelter moniker for a couple of years now. They signed to Space Race Records and have released 2 albums so far. The band doesn’t label their sound as any particular genre, but their audience…

Gimme Shelter – Kosmodrom | Review by Side-Line

by Inferno Sound Diaries | Sep 14, 2017 Two years after their successful debut album “Warnemünde” the German Gimme Shelter strikes back with a new opus. This band remains driven by the creative force of electro-pop music with some extra, powerful EBM elements on top. The solid bass lines have been joined by danceable kicks…

Sonic Seducer Magazine | Interview with Dead Man Recovering

by Sandra M. Heinzelmann | 5 September 2017 | SSM – How did you work on “panic in slow motion”? Could you describe the process? It’s been a long process making the album. It’s pretty easy for me to write songs, but the production part took some time. I couldn’t figure out how the established…

Official Press Release // Dead Man Recovering

Dead Man Recovering’s style has the rare ability to adapt perfectly and effortlessly to both easy and demanding listening. The Danish solo-act played by Kenneth Steen Larsen offers an unique musicality that is unequivocally inspired by the classic 80’s electro-synthpopish reminiscences modernized by a personal avant-garde touch, with charming and suggestive melodies, always planned to…

Official Press Release // Gimme Shelter

To all electro fans of the planet Earth: very attention please! The sound of the German duo act Gimme Shelter is a perfect, balanced combination of the best synthpop / electropop sonorities of Camouflage and Elegant Machinery, distinguished by a touch of strong personality. The result of this style is imprinted in every song of…

We The North – Dayblind | Review by Side-Line magazine

Stéphane Froidcoeur  Feb 21, 2017 | Behind We The North is hiding a solo-project set up and driven by Johan Hansson who you should know from his involvement in Unitary (signed on Infacted) and Cyanide (mainly active during the early millennium years). After the promising debut EP “Endemic” we now welcome the official debut album.…

We The North – Dayblind | Review by ElektroSkull

by Jens Atterstrand | 4 november 2016 | Sharp and neat synthpop opens strongly Unitary-acquaintance Johan Hansson, who previously also has released music under the moniker Cyanide, now sets his sights on modern synthpop with the new project We the North’s first full length album “Dayblind”. The album follows up the EP “Endemic” which was…

Sonic Seducer Magazine | Interview with We The North

by Uwe Marx | November 2016 | SSM – So, We The North, is your only (main) band right now? First of all – thank you for giving the opportunity to answer some questions of yours, sir! The releases of Dayblind and Endemic keep me busy lately but I actually have some new material in…

Official Press Release // We The North

Cold emotions, melodic perfection, electronic flows of high-class: these are the main elements that characterize the style of We The North, the Swedish solo-act of Johan Hansson, aka Unitary and Cyanide. After the recent success of the EP “Endemic” the artist returns with his debut-album “Dayblind” to conquer definitively us with its electro-noir modulations aesthetically…

We The North – Endemic EP | Review by Side-Line magazine

Stéphane Froidcoeur Oct 7, 2016 | Space Race Records again seems to have found a new promising band active in the wider electro-pop fields. Hailing from Scandinavia and set up as a solo-project by Johan Hansson, the artist describes his music as ‘Nordic Noir’. “Endemic” is the first official release featuring 4 songs and 4…

We The North – Endemic EP | Review by Synth.nu

Benjamin Kristiansen   2016-09-18 | We The North är ett nytt projekt där Johan Hansson från Unitary är inblandad. Projektet benämner sin musik som ”nordic noir” och blandar nytt och gammalt till något hoppfullt melankoliskt inspirerat av de mörka klimatet i Skandinavien. Musiken är riktigt bra på Endemic, och visst andas det något Skandinaviskt över den.…

We The North – Endemic EP | Review by Peek-a-boo magazine

04/08/2016  |  Wim GUILLEMYN Johan Hansson is the man behind the Swedish electropop project We The North. He calls his more classical sounding electro pop Nordic Noir. I doubt if that term makes sense. It does not sound like cheerful pop music but I would not dare to call it very dark. Rather somewhere in…

We The North – Endemic EP | Review by Uselinks

19.07.2016 | Markus Schmitz We The North sind ein junges Projekt von Johan Hansson, und wurden vom Label ziemlich überschwänglich angekündigt. In Stockholm beheimatet, macht sich Herr Hansson daran, seine Version von modernem, kühlem Electropop zu verbreiten. Beim Opener „Lost Inside“ stockt mir kurz der Atem. Was ist das bitte für eine Gesangsstimme? Die ersten…

Official Press Release // We The North

Something truly exceptional is finally happening in the global electro scene: We The North has arrived, a qualitatively superior project that represents one of the best synthpopish revelations of this year. Their refinement is discernable from the first listen, thanks to electronically geometric structures, so emotionally intense, played with extreme technical accuracy and attention for…

Peek-a-boo magazine | Interview with DioXide

I have always been interested in the process, often more than the result, when it comes to electronic music. Dioxide is a new project driven by the creative spirit of two electronic veterans and talented sound makers. This is a meeting between Andrea Belluci (Red Sector A) and Andrew Lagowski (Lagowski, S.E.T.I. ). The album…

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