If the album audio does not appear on this page it is also available on the Blatant Propaganda BandCamp Channel
Genres: Industrial, Gothic, Elektro, Darkwave, CyberPunk, SynthRock, SynthPop, SynthPunk, ElectroClash, ElectroPunk, Electronica, Aggrotech, Digital-Hardcore (DHC), EBM, IndieTronica, Political Protest Songs, Social Justice Music, Glitch-Hop, Intelligent Dance Music (IDM), Musique Concrete; Australian Bands-Groups-Projects-Artists-Producers (Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold-Coast Melbourne Newcastle Sydney Perth).
DJ Robot Citizen: "I produced this CD in 2002 after many years of hosting a variety of radioshows and receiving lots of great independently-released underground music. The purpose of this CD was to raise awareness for these artists among the goth-industrial scenes around Australia; who were largely clueless about them (because it's hard for independent artists to get noticed amidst the overwhelming noise of big-corporation-music-industry-promotions).
I arranged for several hundred CDs to go to radio stations, shows and print media. I arranged for launch events in 8 of the largest Australian cities - nightclubs and band gigs - where CDs were given away to the first 80-100 paying customers.
Several of these tracks were picked up by club DJs and became better known that way. Numerous tracks were featured on radio shows across the nation and some were played internationally. The greatest impression was made when the national Australian youth radio station, JJJ, selected TDM's track "Fast" to be on their daily playlist; and played it daily for several months. It was (then) a big (rare) achievement for them to play and promote a local and independent dark electronic-industrial-rock music project; another four or so years later and they were then heavily promoting a wave of similarly-styled artists for it had then finally come in to their idea of "cool" (in-fashion).
This compilation was a huge project, took up a lot of my spare time over 1-2 years. I am thrilled to still hear great praise and feedback about the album more than 10 years later! It's awesome that it made an impression and people remember it fondly.
In 2014 I made this album available via Bandcamp so that the songs and artists can still be discovered.
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Kosta in Fiend Magazine (originally titled Goth Nation), Oct 2002, Melbourne: "... A truly magnificent compilation... an extraordinary array of Australian talent... if you only buy one CD this year, make sure it is "A.S.I.N.G.E.D." ... you will be discovering a treasure chest..."
Craig Wright, of Heresy (& Vedette) nightclub, Melbourne: "I can not believe how good this cd is. I am personally hopeless when it comes to buying music. The irony is that now I have found a cd I must have and already have it. Love your work."
Guy Lomas of the Primary Darkwave Collective, Brisbane, 2002: "Now what can I say about this CD? How about great! Excellent! Bloody fabbo! I loved this CD from start to finish. The crew at Blatant Propaganda did a job worthy of much kudo's... Truly this is a CD you MUST have! (I've got mine)."
DJ NME, Ex Inferus Radio show 2SER 107.3FM Sydney : "We received the CDs and I enjoyed them greatly... I have been approached by Aether Sanctum [website] to review ASINGED and will be pleased to give it a "two thumbs up" rating...
From www.vibewire.net, 2002, music journalist Evil Chris wrote:
"Underground electronic producer and social agitator DJ Robot Citizen makes an extremely potent point early on in his sleeve notes for A.S.I.N.G.E.D. "Many don't realise Australians played a disproportionately large role in the origins of (Industrial / Darkwave) genres in the late 70s and early 80s... Due to our geographic isolation from the markets of Europe & the USA and the lack of local support, it's almost impossible to survive as an Australian artist making non-mainstream music."
Luckily, that's exactly where this 19-track compilation of independent Australian artist / producers steps in... A.S.I.N.G.E.D. brings together a broad range of styles while maintaining a sinister edge. Serving as an acronym for 'Australian Synthpop Industrial Noise Gothic Electronica Darkwave', A.S.I.N.G.E.D. aims to showcase some of the best home-grown artists working with darker electronic textures in a variety of settings.
Melbourne outfit TDM kick off proceedings with the retro-analogue riffs of 'Fast', which melds distorted Tubeway-army Moogs and guitars, with a sneering, yet detached look at the constant human need to rush. EYE and Lady Hannah Cadaver bring on the evil house with 'Kadoish', layering phased ethereal diva vocals over dark jacking beats and synths, while Tankt build a wall of thick electro stomp on 'Flip 'Em Out' that suddenly doubles tempo, kicking into serious pogo action.
After Canberra-based techno-anarchist-pranksters ELF drop in a dash of humor with the cut and paste sample frenzy of 'C.I.A. Hypno-Programmed Robot Assassin', Devour Ensemble change the pace completely with their contribution, 'Frozen Forests'. Blending choral 'This Mortal Coil' style vocals with wandering brush drums and lilting violin, 'Frozen Forests' starts off as one of the most quiet tracks amongst this collection, but ends up exploding into overdriven fury before its departure. Occasional Clan Analogue member Sobriquet, layers acid synth lines and uplifting house beats on 'Not Everything I Believe Is True', while SysX takes the Bruce Campbell sample from Army of Darkness straight into hard house hell on the relentless and hammering 'Boomstik'. And then, just when you least expect it, Gothabilly outfit Dark Violence of Beauty bring on the weathered storm of 'Ghostriders (In The Sky)'. Yes, you read that right Gothabilly. Blending military-style drum fills with reverb-heavy country vocals and squealing electric guitar, on first listen 'Ghostriders' reminded me of Highwayman-era Johnny Cash (who I guess was the original 'man in black', after all).
More than anything else, A.S.I.N.G.E.D. provides compelling evidence of the sheer diversity and standard of darker electronic music currently being produced throughout Australia..."
Gordon Taylor, Infectious Unease Radio show, 3INR Melbourne, who played numerous tracks on his show: "... I'm really enjoying the music..."
Andrew Mee, Primary Collective webmaster, Brisbane: "...my first impression is that it's the best Australian compilation I've heard... :) ..."
Sebastian, one happy customer who bought the CD: "Congrats on putting together the A.S.I.N.G.E.D. CD compilation! It's awesome hearing Australian Acts producing such Brilliant music, truly a professional job. Its getting #1 airplay in the car & equal #1 spot at home with SNOG and kraftwerk..."
Roberto Massaglia, of Tankt & designer of the CD artwork, Melbourne: "... I've been listening to the ASINGED CD quite a lot, and I have to say that there's no boring track on it, they are all very good!"
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