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Mindless Self Indulgence, Psychostick, Aesthetic Perfection Members Lend Voices to New Animated Music Series X-RL7

The debut episode of X-RL7, a pixel-art cyberpunk animated series and music project featuring the voice acting skills of numerous alternative rock, metal and electronic musicians, is available today.

The series, created by Mike Evans of UK based electronic rock act MiXE1, chronicles the exploits of the fictional band X-RL7 in a mix of comedy, social commentary and original music.

Fueled by mysterious dream-like visions, the show follows the enigmatic X-RL7 frontman Omega as he navigates the trials and tribulations of the music industry alongside guitarist/producer PJand flamboyant larger-than-life band manager Alfie in their journey to make it to the top of the musical food chain. Featuring a myriad of colorful characters and original electronic rock tunes set against a cyberpunk-inspired futuristic backdrop.

“I’m absolutely delighted (and terrified) to launch X-RL7 at last,” Evans says. “The series has been in development for over a year and a half and represents the amalgamation of so many of my passions – my love of pixel art, music, comedy, social commentary, romance, cyberpunk and conspiratorial themes all coming together in one unique pixelated cocktail.” 

The series is free to watch.

Check out the first episode here:

For a full overview of the series, including clips from all episodes and featuring the voices of all guest musicians, visit https://youtu.be/Khm2fRrcDu8.

The Origins of X-RL7

The origins of the X-RL7 project can be traced back to 2016 in the form of an unfinished point and click adventure game developed by Evans with the concept revolving around a music journalist and other fictional bands with original music. After moving on from this, Evans formed Youtube video series Project Anything, honing his animation skills, while still creating music with his band MiXE1. Still enamored by one of the songs he penned for the game (“Apotheosis Man”), Evans picked up the remnants of the project in late 2018 and started repurposing it as a video/music series with a brand new story, focusing largely around one specific band – X-RL7.

Along the way Evans approached musical friends and past collaborators to lend their voices to various characters and songs. As the series took shape, he approached others in the alternative music scene, some of whom he has been a fan of for many years, who kindly got involved and delivered fantastic performances as their animated counter parts.

Musicians who have lent their voices to the show so far include:

  • ​Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence)
  • Rob “Rawrb” Kersey (Psychostick)
  • Daniel Graves (Aesthetic Perfection)
  • Lauren Babic (Red Handed Denial, Crazy Eighty Eight)
  • Nyxx (Nyxx)
  • Erlend Eilertsen (Essence of Mind, Lights A.M.)
  • Mikey AlterRed (AlterRed)
  • Richard Kaltenhauser (Machine Rox)
  • Natasha Cox (AL1CE, Mankind Is Obsolete)
  • Sasha Travis (AL1CE)
  • Pete Crane (SHIV-R)
  • Lawrie Bayldon (Studio-X)
  • Bridgette Hill (Studio-X)
  • Mike Evans (MiXE1)
  • Lee Towson (MiXE1)
  • Chris Voigt (Greasy Tales, Sexual Lobster)
  • Michael Joseph (Rockstar Esoterica)​

“I am very blessed that so many super talented artists have taken the time to lend their voices to the project, embracing the world of X-RL7 and the music,” says Evans.

X-RL7 Hosts Press Conference

Apotheosis Music Soundtrack Out Now

A new episode will be released every two weeks, with episodes of the sub-series X-RL7 Backstage – which digs deeper with mini-documentaries about the making of the series – official lyric videos and more released in between. Additionally, the first musical installment of the project, the debut album Apotheosis Music is available today via all digital music providers. More music will be released throughout the year.

Apotheosis Music Album Cover

From the retro-inspired visual style and cyberpunk aesthetic, the comedy, the eccentric characters, the references to musician life, the original electronic-rock music, the awesome guest appearances, X-RL7 is a fun and unique project. Join X-RL7 on their journey.

Be sure to follow X-RL7 on social media for additional announcements and support the project on Patreon for exclusive rewards and content.​

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Industrial Pop Trio Aesthetic Perfection to Join Lords of Acid on Make Acid Great Again Tour

On the heels of a direct support slot through Europe with the infamous Lindemann, the solo project of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann, industrial pop trio Aesthetic Perfection will set out across the US with the legendary Lords of Acid on the Make Acid Great Again Tour.

Make Acid Great Again Tour Begins Friday, March 13 in Los Angeles

With a newly revamped live show, audiences can expect a spectacle like never before.

“In the 20 years I’ve been a part of this project, I’ve never felt that all the pieces fit just as perfectly as I do now,” says Aesthetic Perfection founder and frontman Daniel Graves. “Each one of us is committed to taking this project to the next level and evolving every aspect. We want this to be an audiovisual experience, created within a community where everyone feels accepted for who they are.”

Since forming Aesthetic Perfection nearly two decades ago, producer Daniel Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.

For a sampling of Aesthetic Perfection,
check out the video for “Gods & Gold” here:

Aesthetic Perfection’s latest studio album, Into the Black, hit stores last year via Close to Human Music. The album features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), CombichristWednesday 13Genitorturers and several other top heavy-music artists. An all-star cast of collaborators such as Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand also contributed to the album.

Into the Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. Dark and gritty, yet undeniably catchy and melodic, Into the Black builds upon the band’s past while solidly keeping its eyes focused on the future. From the haunting electronic melodies of “Supernatural” to the twangy guitars of “Echoes”, from the punch-to-the-gut beat of “No Boys Allowed” to the soaring highs of “Mourning Doves,” Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.

Into The Black is available via Apple MusicAmazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available here, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.

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Make Acid Great Again Tour Dates

  • Mar 13 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar 14 – Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
  • Mar 15 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • Mar 17 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • Mar 18 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
  • Mar 19 – Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
  • Mar 20 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Mar 21 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Mar 22 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
  • Mar 23 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
  • Mar 25 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Mar 26 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • Mar 27 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Mar 28 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
  • Mar 29 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
  • Mar 31 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 01 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
  • Apr 02 – The Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
  • Apr 03 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
  • Apr 04 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Apr 05 – Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Apr 06 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • Apr 07 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Apr 08 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
  • Apr 09 – Vertigo @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Apr 10 – The Bluebird – Reno, NV
  • Apr 11 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • Apr 13 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
  • Apr 15 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Aesthetic Perfection Is:

  • Daniel GravesVocals
  • Elliott BerlinKeys & Guitars
  • Joe LetzDrums

Aesthetic Perfection Online:

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REVIEW: Aesthetic Perfection’s Heavy Sonics Nearly Bring Down Seattle Bar (10-15-19)

SEATTLE — For nearly two decades, producer Daniel Graves’ attention-grabbing and infectious industrial pop project, Aesthetic Perfection, has defied the world’s demands for definitions by blending genres and reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist.

Last year, Aesthetic Perfection announced the “Into The Black World Tour 2019” to support their fifth studio album, Into The Black. The European leg of the tour commenced in the month of April in the UK, and the North American leg began in the beginning of September in San Diego. For the second date of this leg, they performed in Mesa, AZ — home of Burning Hot Events. Aesthetic Perfection’s North American tour made one of its last stops at Highline Bar with supporting acts Empathy Test and LAZERPUNK.

LAZERPUNK

LAZERPUNK, from Budapest, set an apropos dark and gritty tone, with electronic music so heavy that it feels like it resonates with your flesh and courses through your veins. The intensity of the music, especially as it was coming from just one man wearing an Adidas baseball cap, was nearly beyond comprehension.

LAZERPUNK
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Stepping into the environment of the club that night and being smacked with the power of these beats was like being dragged into an alternate universe. It was easily a reminder of why so many of us go out to industrial shows for the cathartic experience — communally flipping a switch that turns on a stifled side of our souls that is screaming and clawing to get out and rage during the mundane day-to-day, as we dismally watch our world socially and environmentally corrode around us. It is here we are uplifted, escape, and achieve balance in a combination of commiseration, unadulterated passion for music, and unjudged embracement of our dark, but not necessarily evil, sides.

Empathy Test

With Isaac Howlett’s British vocals that feel longing and aching, and an ethereal touch, synthwave act Empathy Test has no doubt drawn some associations to Depeche Mode innumerable times. As a blend of 80s sci-fi soundtracks, 90s guitar bands, and modern underground dance as influences, they are a duo in the studio (Howlett and producer Adam Relf), and currently a trio performing live. The beautiful thing about electronic music, as demonstrated by LAZERPUNK and Empathy Test, is that something so big can come from so few people. With the aid of Angel Metro on keys and Christina “Chrisy” Lopez on drums, the trio pulled the entranced audience at Highline into a galaxy of emotion. In between songs, Howlett brought some levity back to the room with charming, good-humored banter. Teeming with talent, Empathy Test are also responsible for their breathtaking artwork.

Isaac Howlett (Vocals), Empathy Test
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Aesthetic Perfection

When Aesthetic Perfection hit the stage, it wasn’t long before the integrity of the building structure was tested as the crowd unapologetically jumped with such force the floor could be felt bouncing under your feet — admittedly not the most comforting feeling when you’re on the second story of a building.

Daniel Graves (Vocals), Aesthetic Perfection
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Consisting of the aforementioned vocalist and programmer Graves, Elliott Berlin on keys/guitar/bass, infamous drummer Joe Letz (formerly of Combichrist and a slew of other industrial bands), this trio contrasted Empathy Test with deliciously harsh aggrotech.

The band added a delightfully creative “speed dating” VIP upgrade experience for this tour in which fans got a guarantee to interact with every band number. Additionally, the package included a signed setlist, signed polaroid, signed poster, and VIP laminate — basically all of the essentials that any diehard fan is going to want to collect from a show, and a really smart offer on the band’s part to turn a profit on their tour.

Daniel Graves (Vocals), Aesthetic Perfection
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The diversity of Graves’ vocal techniques shine in sexy transitions between a vicious growl and a timbre that might be described as an approximate blend of Jay Godon (Orgy) and the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) — this vocal flux is exemplified in the track “Ebb and Flow”; there is a broody and agonizing cover of ‘NSync’s “Bye Bye Bye” (featuring guitarist Nikki Misery of New Years Day) in which he hits an impressively powerful high note with chest voice at the bridge, a beautiful falsetto in the new Into the Black opening track “Gods & Gold”, and even an OTEP-like quality in the theatrical track “Dark Ages”.

Berlin jumped back and forth between instruments, with hair flying wildly to no end, and making himself an entertaining spectacle each time he climbed upon his keyboard and thrashed around amongst the rising smoke.

Elliott Berlin (Keys, Bass), Aesthetic Perfection
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Meanwhile, Letz made apparent why his percussive skills are so acclaimed, as the vigorous force of the backing beats that he was responsible for nearly brought down the house.

Joe Letz (Drums), Aesthetic Perfection
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Holy shit,” was the sentiment that coursed through my head all night, and near the finale of their set, Graves showed that those in the crowd were not alone in sheer awe of the magnitude of the immense energy pervading the venue, as he let out a clearly sincere, “Holy shit Seattle!

Daniel Graves (Vocals), Aesthetic Perfection
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Aesthetic Perfection will go on to tour in Germany from October 25th through November 2nd, with alternating and combined support by Empathy Test and Iris on select dates. If you’ve lost touch, this lineup is a mind-blowing reminder of what there is to love about industrial shows, that they are alive and well, and it is still a scene worth supporting.

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Industrial Pop Outfit AESTHETIC PERFECTION Reveals Eccentric Music Video for “Gods & Gold”, Featuring Guitars by Richard Z. Kruspe of RAMMSTEIN

Los Angeles-based producer Daniel Graves has been turning heads with his addictive industrial pop project, Aesthetic Perfection, for nearly two decades. Since forming in 2000, Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.

Today marks the release of the visually stunning and eccentric new music video for “Gods & Gold“, an instantly gripping industrial pop crossover anthem with an unforgettable hook that listeners will be humming for days. The track features scorching guitars by the inimitable Richard Z. Kruspe of Rammstein, who adds an extra aggressive punch to the tune. Watch the deliciously avant garde video now via Alternative Press HERE.

Aesthetic Perfection mastermind Daniel Graves says about “Gods & Gold“:Gods & Gold was a very challenging song for us to work on. I really wanted to push the envelope here and try something new. We’d been tinkering with it for quite some time and it was just coming up short. Once our friend Richard Kruspe expressed interest in playing on the record, I instantly knew he was the missing puzzle piece. I didn’t even realize I’d had his playing style and vibe in mind when I was writing the track until that very second. Then BOOM, just like magic it all came together. It instantly became our favorite song and obvious choice for the first track on the album. Of course, we’re all enormous Rammstein fans and honored to finally work with Richard in a professional capacity.”

Aesthetic Perfection Into The Black

Gods & Gold” is cut from Aesthetic Perfection‘s fifth and latest studio album, Into The Black, which hit stores everywhere on March 29 via Close to Human Music. Featuring an all-star cast of collaborators such as the aforementioned Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand, Into The Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. Fans can order Into The Black and “Gods & Gold” now via Apple Music, Amazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available HERE, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.

Into The Black features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), Combichrist, Wednesday 13, Genitorturers and several other top heavy music artists.

Dark and gritty, yet undeniably catchy and melodic, Into The Black builds upon the band’s past while solidly keeping its eyes focused on the future. From the haunting electronic melodies of “Supernatural” to the twangy guitars of “Echoes“, from the punch-to-the-gut beat of “No Boys Allowed” to the soaring highs of “Mourning Doves“, Daniel Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.

Aesthetic Perfection will head out on a full North American headline tour beginning September 6, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The tour will feature support artist Empathy Test and will visit over a month’s-worth of cities, coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on October 19. See below for all tour dates, and visit Aesthetic Perfection‘s website HERE for tickets and HERE for VIP information.

Aesthetic Perfection Into The Black Tour

Aesthetic Perfection Tour Dates with Empathy Test:

September 06, 2019 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
September 07, 2019 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
September 08. 2019 – Rock House – El Paso, TX
September 12, 2019 – Amp Room – San Antonio, TX
September 13, 2019 – Elysium – Austin, TX
September 14, 2019 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
September 15, 2019 – The Church – Dallas, TX
September 17, 2019 – The Goat – New Orleans, LA
September 18, 2019 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
September 19, 2019 – The 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL
September 20, 2019 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
September 21, 2019 – Will’s – Orlando, FL
September 24, 2019 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
September 25, 2019 – Fallout – Richmond, VA
September 26, 2019 – Dangerous Pies – Washington, DC
September 27, 2019 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
September 28, 2019 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
September 29, 2019 – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA
September 30, 2019 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
October 01, 2019 – Coalition – Toronto, ON
October 02, 2019 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
October 03, 2019 – The Event Center – Cincinnati, OH
October 04, 2019 – Small’s – Detroit, MI
October 05, 2019 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
October 06, 2019 – Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI
October 07, 2019 – Warehouse – LaCrosse, WI
October 08, 2019 – Red Sea Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
October 09, 2019 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
October 11, 2019 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
October 12, 2019 – Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
October 14, 2019 – Pub 340 – Vancouver, BC
October 15, 2019 – Highline – Seattle, WA
October 16, 2019 – Paris Theater – Portland, OR
October 18, 2019 – Brick and Mortar – San Francisco, CA
October 19, 2019 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA

Aesthetic Perfection is:

Daniel Graves – Vocals
Elliott Berlin – Keys & Guitars
Joe Letz – Drums

Aesthetic Perfection Online:

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