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Alia Synesthesia on Electric Bat Records

Hailing from Toronto, Canada is Alia Synesthesia, also known as SUBTERRANEA. A classically-trained operatic singer, her latest album, just released on Electric Bat Records, September 21, 2017 is entitled Kingdoms Fall. http://subterraneamusic.com/

Nine tracks that will take you back in time to a world you once lived in another lifetime. If only you could remember, cold memories and remains. Never fear, she will help you to remember as you get to know the songs more intimately. She’s a storyteller, a songwriter, a singer and plays the synthesizer.  The title of her songs has a history of their own. Sidhe, in Irish folklore are people of the mounds, living under mounds and fairy raths. It flows nicely to another favorite of mine, Forest’dweller. Uggla Sang and Corpus Meum (body) are my two favorites. However, after listening to the album a few times, I am mesmerized.

Her beautiful sometimes apocalyptic lyrics are beautifully sung about the destruction of civilizations. Inspired by black metal, her music is haunting, driven by passion, reverberated vocals, pulsating drums, reminiscent of familiarities of mine such as Trance to the Sun and Faith and Disease, but Alia is in a league of her own: Refreshing, Invigorating, rejuvenating, inspiring.  I am taken by this genre called electronic black gaze, a fusion of black metal and shoegazing.

This is an album wonderfully mastered by Attrition’s Martin Bowes. Alia has one of the most beautiful ethereal voices. It is no wonder she is performing with Attrition for the 4th Annual Hawaii Horror Ball on Friday, September 29th at Next Door ( 43 North Hotel Street). The following night, Saturday, she will also be performing solo, her side projects, Subterranea + Queen Witch, witch house and darkwave projects at Anna O’Briens (2440 South Beretania St). You do not want to miss these two live shows.

ATTRITION are pioneers in dark electronic and darkwave music. Formed in 1980 in Coventry, England, influenced by a mix of punk ideology and experimental art aesthetics, they emerged as part of the early ’80’s UK Industrial scene alongside contemporaries Coil, Test Department, Legendary Pink Dots, In The Nursery, Portion Control et al, Chris & Cosey, Cabaret Voltaire and more.

 Martin’s increasing studio production work at his studio, The Cage, has included mixes for The Damage Manual (Martin Atkins, Jah Wobble, Geordie Walker, Chris Connelly et al…), Die Form, In the Nursery, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Mona Mur/En Esch and mastering for countless bands and labels…

 He contributes synths and vocals on a song on the last Pigface album, is the narrators voice on US horror series, “C for Chaos”, has written the score to US horror film G.H.O.S.T from Mutantville productions …

Their most recent album, Millions of the Mouthless Dead (inspired by Martin’s grandfathers experiences on the Western Front in 1917) includes collaborations with Anni Hogan.

It will be a memorable night to remember and to cherish to have Attrition in Hawaii where the sun shines  !  Please join us !

Alia

 Alia

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