Dec
10
2017

Music of the Week – Pro-Pain – Time

Thanks to a friend, I dig out after a long time some of the earlier Pro-Pain’s music…they did a very good blend of thrash and hardcore, more focused on heavy, monolithic guitars and menacing, intimidating vocals than speed or sheer aggression.

The results is an interesting mix, that helped to shape the sound of the early ’90s (Pro-Pain formed in 1991). The band is still around nowadays…

This track is taken off their 1997 self titled album. Enjoy!

 

Dec
3
2017

Music of the Week – New Order – True Faith

Hello guys! No long wait for an update this time… :)
For this week, I decided to post another memory of a very magic dancing night. It’s a big new-wave classic, and quite a big hit on it’s own. Maybe most of you already know it…but who cares? Sometimes is good to wander in the light of what is already known, too.

As you may already know, New Order is the band that was born from the ashes of Joy Division (after Ian Curtis’s suicide by hanging). They softened a bit their sound and made it less gloomy (a lot of critics speak of “alternative dance” when describing New Order’s music) but carried the Joy Division’s legacy indeed.

For example, here it’s a slice of the lyrics for “True Faith”:

They’re afraid of what they see
That’s the price that we all pay
Our valued destiny comes to nothing
I can’t tell you where we’re going
I guess there was just no way of knowing
I used to think that the day would never come
I’d see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come

That my life would depend on the morning sun…

Eerie and beautiful, made into music with a very catchy and enveloping sound. Enjoy!

Nov
26
2017

Music of the Week – And One – Military Fashion Show

Hello guys, it’s been some time since the last update, uh? I’m quite busy in these days…but I never forget about old Illusion City. I have some articles written that need some refinement and then they will be ready for being published here, but it will take some time. I did a small update on the Caraco’s page but it’s a minor one (added a link, pointed by a kind reader).

However, we are here for the music! Se here it is…a nice alternative club hit straight from the ’00s. There aren’t big explanations or fancy descriptions this time. Just a good reminder of a beautiful dancing night past by, in great and gorgeous company.

Choose your weapon, time to go
A military fashion show…

Nov
5
2017

Music of the Week – Christian Death – Spiritual Cramp

In these days I’ve been listening again, after a very long time, the incredible Christian Death debut album. A very young Rozz Williams, barely 19 years old at the time, with a punk legend, Rikk Agnew of the Adolescents, put together a wonderful disc of rare power.

They portrayed their own angst, uncertainty and paranoia and in the process extracted from it something essential, that still belongs to the world we live today, in spite of the changes made by the time flew by.

Only Theatre of Pain took the raw energy that punk threw outwards and made it going inwards, running in the labyrinths of the soul.
The band’s leader, Rozz Williams, did not have an easy life and career. The quarrels with Valor (who joined the band on their second full length and later took the monicker Christian Death for him, in spite not being a founding member of the band), the many stop-and-gos of his projects and the many many difficulties with addictions and drugs took the toll on him, until his suicide, on the first April of 1998. He hanged himself leaving a rose and the Hanged Man tarot card, but not a note…

I decided to share Spritual Cramp because I read a memorial wrote by a body artist, Ron Athey, who was friend with Rozz and shared some of the crazy days of their youths together. He thought this song to be very representative of Rozz and left a quote at the end of his memorial. The article made me remember Christian Death and made me listen them again…and now here we are.

I can die a thousand times
but I will always be here
With the powder skull secrets
of forgotten years
The hangman’s noose is drenched
with bloodstained tears
my hands are the killer that confirms
my fear.

Oct
29
2017

Illusioncity is now on HTTPS!

A brief technical update. Illusion City now runs on HTTPS, in compliance to the new security standards for a good website. Enjoy your stay!

Oct
29
2017

Music of the Week – The Saints – Night in Venice

Hello guys, another track selected for you by your trusted fellow Snake…
This week I’ll propose a classic to celebrate 40 years of punk ’77: one of the best track off The Saint’s debut album, “I’m Stranded”, recorded in…1977. :D

They are a milestone group for classic punk, even if now maybe they have faded a bit into obscurity. Their phenomenal debut maybe is my favorite effort from them. The classic line-up that recorded it lasted only 4 years, from 1974 (year of the group’s inception) to 1978 (one year later the recording of the album, after moving to UK).
After this, the two main members, Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey, parted their ways. Kuepper went for a very prolific solo carrer, Bailey on the other hand, took the reins of the Saints monicker but playing a different kind of music, a more authorial and mature rock, without the fury of the debut.

And now…enjoy the Saints!

Oct
1
2017

Music of the Week – The Pop Culture Suicides – Personality Crisis

Hello, fellow readers. I’m happy to share a little, hidden, good song with you today. The Pop Culture Suicides are (or maybe was? The most recent news about the group are dated 2011) the main project of guitarist Zim Zum, of Marilyn Manson’s fame. Not much known by the casual MM listener, Zim Zum played on the Dead to the World tour in 1996-1997 and, most importantly, co-wrote a good deal of Mechanical Animals album, which is still today maybe the most famous offering of MM, giving it the distinct glam sound and feel that it has.

Glam influences can be also clearly heard in his own work, both as a solo artist and on the Pop Culture Suicides project (started in 2005). He is quite a talented guy and surely deserves more attention than it currently has. On what I had the possibility to listen (a couple of solo tracks and of Pop Culture Suicides ones) he has a quite original style, mixing classic glam influences (Bowie on top) with industrial metal and a bit of electronics, sometimes with dramatic, complicated and well built song structures.

Unfortunately the band didn’t release anything officially, only a batch of songs on Myspace. So if you currently have news or tracks of this project or other Zim Zum’s penned music, drop a line! I’ll add this to the wanted page as soon as I can.

Enjoy!

Sep
3
2017

New version of M88 is out

Hi guys,

A little update regarding the PC-88 emulation page. A new version of M88, maybe the most used and known PC88 emulator out there, has been released in the middle of June. I’ve added it to the emulation page. It lacks some advanced features that other version had but I think they can be easily put back in it by copying the DLL files and working with the M88 conf file. But I’m not sure, since I’ve not tested it yet.

Enjoy!

Aug
25
2017

News + Music of the Week – Massive Ego – I Idolize You

Hello again my fellow readers! I’ve did a small site update. I’ve added UTF-8 encoded version of the wanted and found list, many people had problems with the SHIFT-JIS encoded ones. For now, I’ve not received complaints about the other stuff list so I haven’t added a UTF-8 version for them. If you have problems visualizing the site’s material, don’t hesitate to write me.

Also, I’ve did a small update on the PC88 emulation page. A new port of the QUASI88 emulator for the Wii, titled wii88, is in the works! Check it out.

Now, let’s get down with the music. Another good song off the “Beautiful Suicide” album of the UK band Massive Ego. I’ve previously posted the title track of the album and now I’m offering one of their singles off it. They are very good and by discussing them with a friend some days ago, made me want to spin them again on the site.

Also, their tour with Blutengel in Germany is still going, so if you’re interested in them and you happen to be in Germany, go! You can check the dates on the band’s site here.

Aug
17
2017

Music of the Week – KMFDM – Stray Bullet

Hello my fellow readers, how are you doing in the mid of this very hot and agitated summer?

I hope you’re all doing well…very few things are better than a good song for uplifting the spirit and soothing the mind. So enjoy this little hidden gem. It’s the second track off Symbols, recorded in 1997, the tenth album of this very talented band, started in the early ’80s as an action-art group and then evolved into an EBM/Industrial act. If you’re wondering, KMFDM is an acronym for “Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid” which loosely translates as “No pity for the majority“.

Originally, I wanted to post the track “Anarchy”, from the same album but it’s maybe their most popular song. So I decided for the equally good, but less known, “Stray Bullet”.

Enjoy!

PS Also don’t forget to check, from time to time, the wanted and found pages of the site. I update them without giving notice here in the news.