Preview: Wave Gotik Treffen @ Leipzig, Germany, 6/7-6/10/19

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Nitzer Ebb is one of roughly 200 bands performing at Wave Gotik Treffen 2019. (Photo courtesy the artist)

The Wave Gotik Treffen 2019, the 28th edition of the legendary urban festival, occurs on June 7-10 across Leipzig, Germany. Wave Gotik Treffen is again expected to draw about 20,000 people for dark music and arts from the genres of goth, industrial, neo-folk, and others.

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Snapshots: Nitzer Ebb @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/15/19

nitzer_ebb-6_DS307810 Nitzer Ebb performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Baltimore Soundstage swelled to near capacity recently as Nitzer Ebb prepared to take the stage. And the crowd throbbed in time to the angry industrial dance that propelled Nitzer Ebb to the spotlight in the ‘80s and continues to sustain them.

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Live Review: In This Moment @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/15/19

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In This Moment performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Stopping by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, In This Moment performed their elaborate stage show to the amazement of The Fillmore crowd. For every concert, In This Moment manages to bring an arena sized feel into the club setting.

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Live Review: Combichrist @ Baltimore Soundstage — 4/22/19

Combichrist 12 Combichrist performs at Baltimore Soundstage on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

The powerful electro-industrial metal band Combichrist stopped at Baltimore Soundstage recently while on their  “One Fire World Tour,” and I was there taking photos and rocking out. Combichrist, led by Norwegian vocalist Andy LaPlegua, played an intense set of songs consisting of hard-hitting male aggro-infused industrial beats, electronic mastery, and plenty of punk rock attitude and nightmarish theatrics.

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Live Review: Ministry @ Music Hall of Williamsburg — 4/15/19

Ministry 1 Ministry performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Ministry found themselves in Brooklyn recently to celebrate the Chicago-based independent record store/label Wax Trax! Records — and to celebrate the release of the documentary film about the store/label, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records.

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Preview: Ministry Plays Wax Trax! Set @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/15/19

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Al Jourgensen fronts Ministry on stage. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

“Holy shit!!! What the fuck is this?!? Some kind of funky electronic heavy metal punk rock? This is the strangest music I have ever heard. I either hate this shit or this is my new favorite band. And what the hell is on the cover of the album?!?.”

You can ask yourself the same questions that 12-year-old me asked when you see Ministry perform their classic material at a Wax Trax! reunion show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, April 15.

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