5:15 | BANDS BEGIN
From Riotlegion: "That's one of my favorite things about the last few years of Mechanismusfest, is seeing the faces and hearing the horror in some of the local listeners ears, their shock and surprise. It's like they don't understand how industrial culture works. They think it's as simple as their left/right ideas and will somehow conform to their own ideology. Industrial goes far beyond simple political statements. Think of Laibach being from Slovenia, dressing up in a fascist-looking style, and even doing shows in North Korea where they somehow got out alive with subversive material and art. Hearing some local Seattlites complain to a foreigner who has 5 political parties about their love for one party or another, and then seeing the shock when they hear something even more extreme than they'd thought of, or less even, our parties are binary here in the US. That's what really makes the whole thing special for me. We dress as militarized police on stage. Obviously, a police-state is wrong for many reasons, and I think few rivetheads would disagree; it's not like we're 100% anti-police, nor are we dressing like them because it's cool. If we got rid of all police and the citizens were prepared to handle the consequences by themselves, I'd be all for the idea. Industrial music was created with the intention of blasting the horrible sounds of your culture back at them. We're all serious, and often all merry pranksters. We often disagree with each other heavily in industrial music. But we respect each other's willingness to put those grievances into art instead of your run-of-the mill immoral deeds. And boy are we all guilty of that. But being able to let your opponent speak is important; otherwise, I'll assume it's because you have no argument."
BlakLight is Los Angeles based dark synthpop trio Adam Collier (Beautiful Crisis, SilverScene), Brian Belknap (Mind Machine, SilverScene) & Omar Quiñones (Vain Machine). Formed in early 2020, the band has released three full length albums, a remix album, numerous standalone singles and remixes for other artists. Blaklight’s next album, ‘The Haunting Of Us’, will be released in 2024. Driven by modern synthpop with a vintage touch, their songs are carried by melodic hooks and melancholic moods, at times both dreamy and danceable.
Meet MATT HART an accomplished industrial/dark electro musician hailing from London,UK. His journey into the realm of electronic and industrial music began to take shape in 2005, culminating in his debut release in 2017. Since then,MATT has been a driving force in the music scene, boasting an impressive portfolio that includes 3 EPs, 3 albums, numerous singles, music videos, remixes, and collaborative works with influential artists in the industry.
Eva X is a robot girl singing about human things, or a one-woman industrial pop powerhouse. Blending elements of dark electro, industrial pop, and even synthwave and hyperpop, she's converted anger, angst, and love into a sound that's drawn a dedicated following in Canada and beyond. Her debut full-length album, I dream of a reality, will be released on Distortion Productions on September 9, 2022, and the singles "Machine" and "Whipping Girl" both made appearances on a few Best of 2021 lists in a very crowded year.
Mari Kattman has been self-recording, writing, composing, and live performing music since 2012. Currently, she operates under the Mari Kattman name as a solo artist and works with Tom Shear, of Assemblage 23, on a project called Helix. She has had the privilege of collaborating with many artists, including Assemblage 23, Mesh, Ivardensphere, Jean-Marc Lederman, Psy’Aviah, Aesthetiche, Neuroticfish BlackCarBurning, Cassetter, This Morn Omina, Solitary Experiments, Mephisto Walz, Aiboforcen, Interface, 3Force, Fury Weekend and Comaduster. She has worked on many label releases including ones for Metropolis Records, Alfa Matrix, FiXT and COP International.
LLUMEN, founded in 2010 by Pieter Coussement, is a dynamic electronic band that seamlessly blends elements of EBM (Electronic Body Music) with contemporary electronic sounds. Drawing inspiration from iconic acts like Front 242, Haujobb, and Covenant, LLUMEN has carved its niche with a distinctive sound that captures the essence of the dark electronic music scene.
Haujobb is a German electronic musical project whose output has ranged drastically within the electronic music spectrum, from electro-industrial to ambient and techno. They have become a staple crossover act, bringing several forms of electro into the mainstream industrial music world.
Since Inception in 2004, British born ESA (aka Jamie Blacker) has been treading its own ground. A fusion of hard electronic rhythms and powerful sonic hooks. ESA’s heavy, rhythmic style has since become rooted at the forefront of the Harsh Industrial / Power Electronics scene, predominantly owing to slews of powerful and engaging live shows all over the globe and 11 hard hitting and critically acclaimed albums.
Assemblage 23 is an electronic act from the United States, currently based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1988 by Tom Shear who writes the music and lyrics and does the recording himself. Live performances are supported by Paul Seegers on keyboards and Mike Jenney on drums.