Interview: Bauhaus’ Kevin Haskins looks back
Feb 2017 16

Release had the opportunity to interview Bauhaus founding member Kevin Haskins as he was finalising his archival book project. The coffee table book is titled “Bauhaus Undead” with subtitle “The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus” with the most complete set of memorabilia from the personal archives of Haskins, and some fan donations as well. [more...]

Welcome to the void – A conversation with Covenant
Nov 2016 02

Covenant’s ninth studio album, “The Blinding Dark” is here. Fredrik Wik from Release met Eskil Simonsson and Joakim Montelius in their studio in Helsingborg, Sweden, a dark autumn evening in October 2016 for an interesting in-depth interview. The article contains exclusive photos, taken by Fredrik earlier 2016.

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Interview with the authour of the “Depeche Mode i Sverige” book
Oct 2016 21

Do you know the connection between actor Hugh Grant and Depeche Mode? Do you know the reason 10 000 people with tickets turned up to a 3 000 capacity show with Depeche Mode in Sweden in 1984? If you know the answers, you are either a walking Depeche Mode encyclopedia. Or maybe you’ve just read Martin Sernestrand’s new book “Depeche Mode i Sverige 1982-2016″. Release writer Sebastian Hess has read the book and talked to the author. [more...]

Delerium hits a perfect storm – interview
Sep 2016 20

Bill Leeb’s and Rhys Fulber’s resume is indisputable, with a whole bunch of both seminal and successful albums under their belt. After some adventures apart, they recently joined forces again to make a new Delerium album. “Mythologie” is a darker, and in many ways more modern sounding album than previous efforts, and I thought it would be interesting to ask Bill some questions to get the skinny on how “Mythologie” got made.

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Mesh sees light at the end of the tunnel – “Looking Skyward” interview
Aug 2016 20

The last album from Mesh was 2013:s “Automation Baby” which became the Bristol duo’s biggest hit so far, with top 30 chart performance in Germany, and hords of new fans discovering the band on the successful tour. After three years of diligent work by Richard Silverthorn and Mark Hockings the strong follow up “Looking Skyward” is ready, and we thought it was time to catch up with the band so we sent over a couple of questions to Richard over in Bristol, UK.

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3:40 minutes ambush style interview with Spark!
May 2016 31

EBM tracks are known to be very direct and usually between 3 and 4 minutes long. Release writer Sebastian Hess decided to ambush Mattias Ziessow from Spark! for an interview as short as a track. The interview clocked in at 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Handing over the Reins – interview with Joanna Rein
Feb 2016 26

Rein arrived with a bang when her self-titled debut EP dropped in January 2016 – lots of attention in several big media outlets and great reviews. She’s making it clear that maybe it’s time for the old EBM dragons to hand over the reins (as it were) to a new generation. We decided to get in touch with Joanna Reinikainen to chat a little bit about creating music and creativity.

I first heard Rein on The Operating Tracks single and video “Testify”, but it was her EP that really caught my eye. Joanna comes from a musical background – her father is Sweden’s own italo disco pioneer Paul Rein – but her life could have taken another direction if her student loans hadn’t run out. [more...]

Front Line Assembly “Caustic Grip” Retrospective
Dec 2015 18

”Caustic Grip” celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. Released in 1990, it was a complete game changer for Front Line Assembly, and possibly the industrial genre. It also saw the young prodigy Rhys Fulber stepping up to be a full time member. It’s a very personal album for me, and in this article I’ll try to tell you how it got made, and what it meant to me. I’ve been in contact with Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber and also Gary Levermore who ran the label Third Mind where the album was released. [more...]

Lindemann interview – birds of a feather…
Oct 2015 27

The Lindemann collababoration project was presented a while ago with the release of the “Skills in Pills” album. One of the reasons behind this was, most likely, to raise eyebrows and trigger moral panic attacks among certain groups of people… Release met up with the two gentlemen Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain) in Stockholm. [more...]

Too violent for France – industrial act Chrysalide interviewed
Jul 2015 03

We interviewed Indochine not long ago, and now we return to France with Chrysalide. The Dependent Records trio have impressed us and many others with their complex and angry industrial music. Mikael Kahrle interviewed Arco Trauma, one third of the band.
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