Agent Side Grinder - Live at Avesta Art 2012 (video)

Check out a full 50-minute live set from Swedish industrial act Agent Side Grinder.

Best of 2012 (so far)

Best of 2012 (so far)

Been meaning to get this written up for over a week now, but I haven't found the time and now that I'm about head out on vacation to Sweden for a couple weeks, I figure I need to get at least something up. So without further ado, here's my picks for the best releases of 2012 so far (in alphabetical order):

Agent Side Grinder - Hardware ()
Beastmilk - Use your deluge ()
Diskoteket - Det ska se ut som slutet ()
Magnus Ekelund & Stålet - Supernova EP ()
Nitad - Rastlös & vild ()
Susanne Sundfør - The silicone veil ()
Tvärvägen - Staring directly into the sun ()
Vånna Inget - Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem ()

On the cusp/too early to tell:
Anchorless - Every nook and cranny ()
Norra Kust - s/t ()
Westkust - Junk EP ()

Missbrukarna - Zooma in en zombie ()
Ratsia - Jäljet ()

Listen to a selection of these records below via Spotify:

New music from The Pain Machinery and other CCP news

Brand new music from Swedish EBM act The Pain Machinery off their forthcoming album "Restart", due out this coming June via . In other related news, CCP has also announced that they are assembling a comp called "Inside the volcano" that will gather a number of similar-minded artists who are making new music with "old" influences. In addition to acts already on the label's roster such as The Pain Machinery, Infiltrator, Severe Illusion, Guilt Trip and so on, they've also enlisted a bunch of other great names such as Agent Side Grinder, Portion Control and //TENSE//. Full press release:

Agent Side Grinder - Rip me

More music from Agent Side Grinder, now streaming at Soundcloud. Essential!

MP3: Agent Side Grinder - Sleeping fury

Along with the new Susanne Sundfør, here's another one for my best-of-2012 list. Agent Side Grinder's latest LP "Hardware" builds off everything they've done before and yet again further hones it towards perfection: stronger songs, wider dynamics, more diverse and interesting sounds. More moods too. For example, take "Sleeping fury": it has a swagger that's rare for industrial music, but there's no mistaking the simmering rage underneath. Lead single "Wolf hour" was a straight-up verse/chorus pop song; this is something different and far more sinister.

Agent Side Grinder - Sleeping fury

Agent Side Grinder Euro tour update

Updated European tourdates for Swedish old-school industrial act Agent Side Grinder:

05/06 - Musikcafeen, Copenhagen (DK)
05/07 - Logo, Hamburg (GER)
05/08 - Komma, Stuttgart-Esslingen (GER)
05/09 - Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
05/10 - Nambucca, London (UK)
05/16 - ÅÄÖ Festival, Point Ephemere, Paris (FRA)
05/17 - Péniche le Sonic, Lyon (FRA)
05/18 - Coq d'Or, Olten (CH)
05/19 - Wavekommando, Club Vortex, Siegen (GER)
05/20 - Magnet, Berlin (GER)

The band's new album "Hardware" is out now and it is easily one of the year's best releases thus far.

Agent Side Grinder to tour Europe

Agent Side Grinder will be touring Europe in May and here are the first set of confirmed dates:

05/07 - Logo, Hamburg (GER)
05/08 - Komma, Stuttgart-Esslingen (GER)
05/09 - Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
05/10 - Nambucca, London (UK)
05/18 - Coq d'Or, Olten (CH)
05/20 - Magnet, Berlin (GER)

I Die You Die reviews Agent Side Grinder

Goth/industrial site I Die You Die has a good evaluation of the new Agent Side Grinder album "Hardware", one of my own favorite new releases of 2012:

Agent Side Grinder album details

Swedish industrial act Agent Side Grinder have confirmed that their new album "Hardware", one of my most anticipated releases of 2012, is officially confirmed for release on February 22 via / and will be available on all formats: CD, digital, vinyl and cassette.

Agent Side Grinder - Wolf hour (now on YouTube)

The new Agent Side Grinder video "Wolf hour" is now on YouTube and it is still awesome. Look for the band's new album "Hardware" to be released in February along with a full-length concert movie from the same session this was shot.

Agent Side Grinder - Wolf hour (video)

The video for the new Agent Side Grinder single "Wolf hour", featuring guest vocals from like-minded Swedish synth artist Henric de la Cour, is now streaming at Gaffa: You can also listen via Spotify:

New Agent Side Grinder single next week

Swedish industrial act Agent Side Grinder will be releasing the new single "Wolf hour" (feat. Henric de la Cour) on November 29.

Interview: Henric de la Cour

Interview: Henric de la Cour

New Agent Side Grinder comp

French label has put together a 2CD set of music from Swedish industrial act Agent Side Grinder featuring one disc of their best studio tracks from both albums and the 2nd featuring their excellent live cassette-only release "Industrial beauty". Full details:

Agent Side Grinder repress

is doing a new pressing of Agent Side Grinder's excellent self-titled debut LP and it will be available on July 1 in an edition of 400 copies on black, 100 on blue. However, you can also still purchase a first-edition pressing on direct from me for $13 + s/h -- I've got 2 copies left in ye ol' mailorder distro.