No news from the Nine Inch Nails camp, since Trent Reznor’s been delving so deeply into soundtrack work.
But here’s something to enliven the forlorn Goth/industrial camp in the meantime: Ex-NIN guitarist, the German-bred Ralf Dietel, has his own Hollywood-based outfit called Krashkarma, and they’re as heavy as molten lead on a sinister debut dubbed “Straight To The Blood,” which sees its American release Oct, 4.
And the long-haired axeman — who’s been growing his Rapunzel dreads for 13 years — shares vocals with feral, drop-dead gorgeous drummer Niki Skistimas, so these aren’t your average headbangers.
In fact, the quartet originally started out six years ago as Suicide Holiday, wherein they perfected their yin/yang assault.
In 2009, they changed their name to Krashkarma to emphasize that duality, says Dietel — the gravity of his own voice bouncing off Skistimas’s more melodic style.
Recorded in LA, Berlin and Stuttgart, “Straight To The Blood” may not be “The Downward Spiral” (Hey — what else is, really?), but it’s a nice meaty chunk for that fan base to gnaw on for the time being.
Watch Krashkarma move from the bloodstream to the popular mainstream at www.suicideholiday.com (OK, they’re a little slow on the site’s name change).