When it comes to Industrial Music, I like mine best with a certain level of crunch to the guitars - where the sonic differences between and man (instrumentation) and machine (electronica) blend to just the right level. At some point in the mid-late 90s, that's when that style peaked - a time when I'd be cranking bands like 16 Volt, Sister Machine Gun, etc. One band I missed at the time was CIRCLE OF DUST, a project of Klayton, who later went onto CELLDWELLER fame. Now it's time to catch-up, as CIRCLE OF DUST is back, with their five original albums being reissued in bonus-heavy editions, one every eight weeks beginning March 4th, and it ends with a brand-new CoD album waiting at the end. With that announcement comes the first new music from CIRCLE OF DUST in nearly 20 years, "Contagion" - a song that perfectly captures that vintage vibe... a lot like FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY's MILLENNIUM, actually.
"Tracy already had a son, Armand, who was 15, and we had planned to have a child," explains Tom George, recalling the moment when he discovered that he'd soon become a father for the first time. "She hadn’t been feeling well and took a pregnancy test. When she told me I was extremely happy," he continues, sharing some thoughts on Fatherhood ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014. A work-at-home Dad and fellow "Rock Father," Tom runs the rapidly-growing FiXT Publicity, and has been featured almost weekly here on THE ROCK FATHER, taking part in the 2014 Fitness Challenge.
While I've already shared my thoughts on the terrible tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, last month, there hasn't been a day that's gone by without thinking about it. While outsiders like myself were cetainly impacted by the events of December 14, 2012, the community that experienced it first-hand faces a liftime of healing, with support needed in areas that haven't even begun to surface. With that in mind, the Sandy Hook School Support Fund was established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank to support the Newtown community following the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Now, my friends at FiXT (a leading label and retailer of EDM and rock music) have partnered with Groupees.com and over 50 artists to benefit the fund through sales of TO NEWTOWN WITH LOVE, a massive bundle of digital music with 100% of donations going to the fund.
Through seemingly countless mini-releases and live configurations over the past few years, Klayton - the multi-hyphenate musician/performer best known as CELLDWELLER - has been giving listeners bite-sized tastes of the music that would ultimately become his second full-length studio album. Now, after much waiting and anticipation, that album has been released as WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR. Out this week on FiXT, 'BLACKSTAR is searing hour of electronic music that bridges and blends elements of dance, industrial, dubstep, and more.
So much rock, so little time. If you're only popping into The Rock Father™ for these rapid-fire updates, be sure to check out the homepage for some family-friendly rock n' roll adventures. As for this installment of The Random Rock N' More, I've got updates galore covering 40 bands and artists. If you're not familiar with how this works - I give you the essential information, then give you a link if you choose to learn more. The Random Rock is first, with N' More (all other genres) following. Here we go...