The Golden Foretaste of Heaven
unleashes the new sound of Berlin
sci-fi magic from Alec Empires
Golden Foretaste of Heaven...
DRAMATIC AND BUZZIE, electronica twanging collectively, Alec Empire's
unique futuristic vision of music does it seductively to set the dance floor
a-quivering from the very first track on his brand new album
The Golden Foretaste of Heaven to the very last.
With this fresh new sound comes a brand new label for Alec already
a cult figurehead through his releases with Digital Hardcore Recordings and
having amassed a loyal fan base through his highly-charged DJ/live shows and
extensive remixes with various high-profile artistes.
has made another unique contribution to the evolution of modern music with The
Golden Foretaste of Heaven and has moulded and twisted its form and content
to create his own pulsating, distinct sound with poetic renderings.
During the Nineties, Alec put the spotlight on Berlin via his revolutionary,
politically-charged outfit, Atari Teenage Riot with their trademark
slogans and explosive live shows. Throughout his career, Alec has worked with
an astonishing variety of musicians, including Björk, Einstür-zende Neubauten,
Jon Spencer, Rammstein and Slayer. From sharing the stage with Nine Inch Nails,
Rage Against The Machine and Beck and Moby, to touring the globe, receiving
a Kerrang! Award and getting his work snapped up for soundtracks to Hollywood
films, Alec has ticked all the right boxes.
As 2008 kicks in, Alec turns the spotlight back onto his native Berlin
a city that is attracting a lot of interest and which he is confident will be
Europe's main musical playground. The energy, the political savvy, even the
aggression still remains. As do the industrial sounds, electronic distortion
and throbbing beats. Also thrown into the mix is a subtle melodic quality, an
awareness that the youth of today discover more about themselves and their world
on the dance floor. This ethos is firmly translated into The Golden Foretaste
of Heaven. The intensity and the melodies on this album will fire-up sound
systems everywhere prepare for the fallout!
pace of life accelerates with no sign of slowing down. There is no time to go
all misty-eyed and nostalgic for the golden periods of the city's past: the
punk craze of the 70s is over, likewise the nu-wave scene of the early 80s.
Even the 90s boom in techno is a distant memory. Now it is time for something
different. Now it's time to reflect the times, the tastes and the sounds of
New Berlin Berlin in 2008, the 21st Century.
The Golden Foretaste of Heaven will be released in the UK on March 24
Check out www.alec-empire.com
Watch the video featuring the lead single On Fire with the uber-hot Natalia
Avelon, taken from the critically-acclaimed album The Golden Foretaste of
"More thrilling torment from one Empire that will never crumble" NME
"Electro Numan-Sinatra with a touch of Nine Inch Nails" Plan B Magazine
"So forward-thinking it suggests an afterlife composed of people not even born
"Sounds like a mixture of The Teenagers and Klaxons… But angrier" Kate
Nash (INTRO Magazine Feb 08)
"…the sound is the future. The glorious minimal soundscapes are haunting and
beautiful, a daring step into uncharted territory, a bold move away from what
is safe… It's intimate, it's dark, it pulsates with a powerful force from beyond
imagination. It clearly expresses human emotions from deep within an extraordinary
creative soul…" Sune (Raveonettes)