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The Best Of COP International Releases In 2020 (Stabbing Westward, LUNA13 & More)

ChiasmAway EPReleased June 5 The solo project of Detroit-based musician Emileigh RohnChiasm has become known for cultivating lush, eclectic, eerily dystopian sonic landscapes with delicately balanced vocals for the past 20-plus years. It features the production work of the notable John Fryer whose credits include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, 4AD, Cocteau Twins and Love and Rockets, and follows a long line of notable releases from Chiasm (established in 1997), including the 2001 album Disorder with the track “Isolated” that was featured in the television show NCIS as well as in the Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines computer game. “Sizzling with tension, it is the soundtrack for a late night, lost in the music while lights flash and bodies surge (on the dancefloor, rather than the streets of LA). Singer Emileigh Rohn and Fryer have constructed a classy, uplifting track that is the antidote to the confinement and chaos of these times.”—Cold War Nightlife

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Stabbing WestwardHallowed Hymns EPReleased October 29 Industrial favorites Stabbing Westward recently reunited for the first time in decades, releasing the Dead And Gone EP with new material in January 2020 and announcing a new record deal with indie label COP International to release the band’s upcoming fifth studio album Wasteland—their first new LP in 20 years—set for 2021. As a surprise for fans, they released the Hallowed Hymns EP just in time for Halloween weekend with covers of tracks that were instrumental to the industrial band’s beginnings and conjure the feeling of the season, including original takes on “Burn” from The Cure (famously featured on the soundtrack to The Crow), the classic “(Every Day Is) Halloween” by Ministry and Echo And The Bunnymen’s eternal hit “The Killing Moon.”“The cover choices are apt selections and fall into Stabbing Westward’s musical wheelhouse. Hall sounds right at home singing like Robert Smith and Al Jourgensen, and the influence on Hall’s band becomes evident through the faithful renditions.”—Consequence Of Sound

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LUNA13God.DisReleased November 13LUNA13‘s forceful Black/Bass/Metal style—offering elements of electronica, black metal and industrial rock—is on full display in God.Dis, their first album for COP International. One of the band’s curious hallmarks is crossing over from electronica to metal without the use of any guitars, which has some hailing the act as “the bass music scene’s Slayer.” Dr. Luna, the duo’s demented musical maestro creates the voluminous sound solely with synthesizers and distortion pedals by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Frontwoman Lilith Bathory further brings the spectacle with brutal vocals and trance-inducing dance moves behind her devil horns. It’s met with a gripping aesthetic paying homage to domination and the occult and a strong live show heavy on theatrics. “A union between two distinct veins of darkness gives rise to striking discord and violence in Luna13’s album God.Dis. Sinister and somewhat sublime, this unique marriage of electronica and metal proves intriguing from start to finish.”—Sonic Perspectives

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Sick JokesMMXXReleased December 1Sick Jokes’ appropriately titled debut EP MMXX (2020 in Roman Numerals) is fueled with all the aggression, rage and mania that have become the hallmarks of this year. Heavy, brooding, at times even a bit uplifting, the nine-track MMXX (four original songs, five remixes including one by John Fryer) is the collaborative effort of a band of old cohorts spanning the globe with guitarist/lyricist/sound designer Michael Madill stationed in Normandy, France and keyboardist Robert McCarroll, drummer Kenny Wilson and dual vocalists Sean Haezebrouck and Plasmic spread out between Los Angeles, Detroit and Austin. Madill, McCarroll, Haezebrouck and Wilson spent their formative days in a handful of industrial bands local to Detroit in the first half of the ‘90s (HAL, Noc Barrage, Batterie Acid), and found the zeitgeist of 2020 to be the spark to create some new material in the genre—this time around, joined by colorful L.A.-based singer Plasmic.

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