You might be thinking, Ken, you run a music review page, why would you want to direct people to other pages with the same function? Because I don’t do this for financial gain. I do it to share music that moves me with the world. To help support bands that you need to be listening to. I have continued to try and get better and grow. There are things I feel really good about but the format I do well isn’t everything and isn’t for everyone. I wanted to share some of the pages I am going to and finding great bands and ideas on how I can be better at what I do. In the end we all have the same goal and that is sharing music we believe in to help bands we love get a wider audience. I hope this can also act as a guide for bands looking to share their music and get press. Bands, if you are not sending a copy of your album to reviewers, you are doing yourself a great disservice. I can’t speak for everyone, but personally bands that reach out and interact with me are the ones I am thinking about first. Take the first step.
Obscura Undead – I love this site. They are always posting and do a lot in terms of news and happenings. They focus mostly on Goth/Industrial/Synth and keep right on the cutting edge. Megan and Sherri put out some of the best review videos around which are always interesting and have a fresh take. High production values and lots of personality and humor.
Post Gothic – Run by Oskar Terramortis who has been a part of the European goth scene for ages. This page focuses on Goth and modern traditional in particular. Very in depth and knowledgeable, Oskar knows his business and is a true pro writer. When he says something is good you can feel confident it has been through the paces and proven.
Industrial Island – This is an awesome podcast run by Michael J. Carrasquillo formerly of Wax Trax. Focus is on Industrial which is an area I am never as up to speed on. Michael knows everyone in the business and is always up to date on hottest new tracks. He spent long enough with the label to know it when he hears it.
Dread Music Review – This is a more eclectic page with a pretty wide range from Metal/Goth/EDM/Hip Hop. Really professional look that covers a ton of ground.
Post-Punk.com – This is a widely followed page run by Alex Baker along with contributors Frank Deserto and Andi Harriman . It’s widely followed for a reason….it’s really good. Great writing and huge reach. A lot of bands do premiers with Alex because the level of quality here gets everything he releases in front of a lot of eyeballs. I had the good fortune to meet him when I was in Berlin and he is a wonderful human who cares about music.
Michael Nagy – Runs an awesome youtube channel that does reviews focused on Industrial but has some goth/metal mixed in. I really like his interview style and they always are shot with a professional look and interesting questions that draw great background out of your favorite new bands.
World of Goth – I really like this online zine for the attention to aesthetic and goth culture in addition to in depth reviews. It really comes at the goth scene as a culture rather than just a music style which adds a nice element.
The Infidel Network – A really cool promotion sharing page with a pretty wide range of styles. Videos, interviews, reviews they really cast a wide net but aren’t afraid to get into some of the more experimental music.
Luminous Dash – Cool online zine from Belgium with a focus on Indie and minimalist. They do news coverage, interviews, reviews with a lot of great European stuff I don’t otherwise see.
ElektroSpank – Online music magazine covering Goth/EDM/Industrial. They do a really cool format and their reviews are longer and pretty deep. In fact i should really figure out how he sets this page up 🙂
White Light/White Heat – In a way I think they really set the standard. It looks about as pro as you can get. when i was first starting out i got feedback from them because I really like their page. They handle an enormous amount of content and do a lot of quick hits along with longer pieces.
Dark Music Net – Out of Germany run by my friend Michael. This page was actually the first to share Sounds and Shadows reviews before i got my own page. I feel like we really share a passion for music and doing less pieces but more in depth. Sometimes I think this page is the other side of my coin in Europe, highly recommend
Regen Magazine – Setting the standard in Electronic/EBM/EDMIndustrial music reviews for decades. Run by Ilker Yücel they provide an honest journalistic approach to music reviewing.
MusicShock by Alex Shock Music does a wonderful blog full of passion and fire from Alex Dematteis in England. Someone who cares about bands and new music.
Other Voices – Great review page that focuses on new music and does in depth reviews
Dark wave Publications – Run by the amazing Veronica of the band Death Loves Veronica. This page is the real deal. A great musician reviewing bands she loves. It’s a must read
Firefly Mouth – Wonderful review page run by my friend Dana. They really do deep dive focus on new artists. I love the eloquence and standard of writing that Dana brings to every review. A real passion for lifting up new artists. Featured genres: Post Punk, New Wave, Darkwave, Shoegaze, Goth.
IdieYoudie – Amazing page run by Bruce and Alex. I really love the professional look and wide range of genres covered. They also do a great podcast. This is a great template for how to make your page look and a fantastic attitude of lifting the whole scene up.
A Model of Control – A cool UK based Industrial review page. I haven’t had a chance to deep dive it yet but it is run by Adam Williams and is currently accepting submissions.
Black Velvet Audio – A diverse dark genre based page run by Simon Lebby who is a huge supporter of the scene. I really like how much this page feels like an old school printed zine. Nice personal touch.
Brainwashed – A nice mix of bigger artists and new up and coming with nice sharp clean writing. Run by Jonn Gauntletier with a focus on goth/coldwave/darkwave.
Sounds and Shadows – Wait, you are already here 😉