Thrill Kill Kult
, or My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult if you're not into the whole brevity thing, is Chicago's premier electro-industrial band with everything you could dream of: cheeky lyrics, Satanist sex appeal, fuzzy guitars, robotic sounds, and a revolving cast of super talented musicians. The band met in the heyday of new wave and goth, the late 80s, while touring with seminal industrial band Ministry, so their buzzy take on industrial is no surprise. What is a surprise, however, is that the band is going just as strong now as before, playing amazingly energetic live sets and releasing a new album this year on their own label -- and their enduring passion experimentation with sounds and genres (everything from disco to psych) has only improved the industrial scene as a whole. The band does not hide their love for B horror movies of yore, and samples dialog to use as intros to their mixed-genre masterpieces. Thrill Kill Kult is as catchy as it is dark -- and who could resist some of their darker elements such as their innate aggression, that you can dance to of course. Nothing is too gay, too blasphemous, or too off limits for Thrill Kill Kult. Don't forget that this is the band that toted a Jesus strapped to the cross equipped with a dildo and demoness for their "Sexplosion" tour, and who has releases called "Kooler Than Jesus" and "Sex on Wheelz." That sexy energy and experimental take on industrial has only gotten better with time.
Powerful, symphonic metal is the name of the game for San Jose's RetConStruct
. The funky spelling comes from the band's true name: Retroactive Continuity Construct. The female fronted group was only birthed two years ago, but has found a way to create a sound all their own -- it's modern metal at its finest for sci-fi geeks, fantasy nerds, and music snobs alike. Even their latest album's name, "Denizens of the Depths," sounds like some sort of goth metal tragedy. Dramatic, edgy, heavy, and doomy, RetConStruct knows how to weave captivating soundscapes and pull if off live. Listening to RetConStruct is like taking a stroll through the darkest parts of mythology. There are three Valdes-es in this band (are they all siblings? Who knows!), one being the lovely singer Jill Valdes, who operatically guides the music with her yells. The melody is strong, with dual guitars adding some grandiosity and symphonic feeling to the cacophony of sounds. Layers of metal fury are perfectly stacked with technical prowess and dark lyrics that touch on doomsday, devils, castles, and the end of men. Live, the band delivers -- powerful bass lines, raw and grinding guitars, droning sounds, and cinematic vocals. Be ready to drink in the dark beauty of RetConStruct.