Esther Black to Play SXSW Industrial Showcase!!

We are proud to announce that Esther Black has been selected to play a special showcase at South by South West. The fest was put together by Phildo Owen of Skatenigs and Revolting Cocks. Other acts appearing are John Fryer’s Black Needle Noise, Curse Mackey, Skatenigs, Project 44 and David Boring. Martin Atkins (Pigface, NIN, Killing Joke, PIL etc) will be the MC!!! There will be plenty of Distortion Productions cds and other giveaways on hand.


Distortion Proudly Welcomes NYC's INTERFACE to the Label Roster!!!

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Active since 1993, Interface is based in New York and is one of the area's longest lived underground electronic music acts. Founded by producer/programmer/vocalist Eric Eldredge, the lineup is currently rounded out by Jon Billian on synths and programming and Justin Parker on live drums. The band has released five studio albums, contributed to a number of compilations and remixes, and performed countless tour dates and festivals over a 25-year career.

Interface caught the attention of Distortion owner and Electronic Saviors creator, Jim Semonik back in 2006. Eric and Jim became fast friends and Interface went on to contribute some of the most acclaimed tracks to the Electronic Saviors compilation series including the hits “Never Say Farewell”, “My Promise” and “Pathfinder”. Distortion is very delighted at the inclusion of Interface to the family. It’s a match made in the future!

Interface will release their sixth studio album, Where All Roads Lead, on Distortion Productions in mid-2019.

Prior Discography:

Tinman Records:

The Artemis Complex (1999)

Angels In Disguise (2002)

Nilaihah Records:

Beyond Humanity (2006)

Visions Of Modern Life (2009)

The Perfect World (2013)

Electronic Saviors to Donate 15K to Various Charities, Breaks 70K Total and Will Expand to Include Mental Health/Suicide Prevention!

We here at Distortion Productions are so proud to announce that this coming December, Electronic Saviors will make donations to a few charities for the grand total of $15K. The charities include The Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh c/o Dr. David Medich. Most of you know him as the guy who performed the surgery to remove the cancer of Jim Semonik. He is the head of the colorectal cancer dept at Pitt. The next charity is called Cap For Kids ( This charity helps kids with cancer. People cosplay as superheroes and visit kids affected by the disease.

Finally, going forward, Electronic Saviors will be expanding it’s focus and will include mental health/suicide prevention. A donation to Darkest Before Dawn ( is on deck for this. Darkest before dawn focuses on Suicide Prevention for the workers of the nightlife industry who suffer from depression.

Electronic Saviors 5 and the previous volumes as well as the Respect the Prime Comps have now donated $71,712!

Vol 1-$23,162

Vol 2-$10,000

Vol 3-$10,000

Vol 4/Respect the Prime-$12,000

Vol 5/Respect the Prime-$15,000

Misc Pittsburgh Marathon Donations/Gofund Me-$1550

Grand total $71,712

Volume 6 submissions will open in January. We at Distortion and Electronic Saviors would like to thank all of the bands (OVER 400), labels, promoters, magazines and organizers that have supported and helped us in this tremendous endeavor. The future is very bright!

Much Love and Respect,

Sir Jim Semonik, OMS and Chase Dudley


Chicago Industrial Act, Traumabond Joins Distortion Productions!

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, Traumabond is a new 3-piece Electro-Industrial act. This project started in late October of 2016 with Matt Flaherty (vocals/synths) and Jenn Jilbert (vocals/guitar). Nicola Palazzo (drums/producer) joined the group in April 2017 and they recorded their first independent EP titled “Scratched Out” in Nicola's Wicker Park studio, Evolution Recording. The band has a unique dynamic not heard much in the current dark music scene. Matt and Jenn trade off aggressive style vocals that complement Nic's bombastic drums and the band's overall dark synth vibe while maintaining a melodic tone as well. 

Traumabond caught the attention of Distortion after their contribution to the Electronic Saviors 5 compilation. The band met with Distortion recently and over some Chicago deep dish, decided that this partnership was a great idea. Their energetic live shows are truly something to behold. Watch for their debut album in 2019 on Distortion Productions, LLC along with a bevy of singles and eps.

TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @traumabondband 


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Distortion Teams Up With Creamy Rat Studios For Synthcore Dreams Compilation!

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Distortion Productions is pleased to announce a new partnership with Creamy Rat Sudios for the new Synthcore Dreams Compilation and Comic Book. Volume One will feature 15 tracks of Industrial Rock and Electro from the legendary acts Chemlab, Hate Dept, Leaether Strip, 16 Volt, Skrew, SMP and Society Burning accompanied by newcomers Centhron, Red Lokust and Microwaved among others. This will be a CD/Comic Book combo pack.  The comic will be a full length issue.

Synthcore Dreams is a comic book that will spread the gospel of industrial music. All profits will benefit Darkest Before Dawn, a suicide prevention charity. It features a tribute to the late great Jamie Duffy and an awesome lineup of participating bands. Synthcore Dreams is a wild post apocalyptic story with lots of action, comedy, tragedy and a little bit of a large helping of craziness!

Release Date: November 9th, 2018

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VOLUME 1: Record Deal of the Apocalypse
1. Society Burning-Stand in L1ine

2. The Fourth Man-Apocalypse (23AD Mix)

3. 16 Volt-The Electric Pope (Liquid Giraffe Mix)

4. Mortiis-The Punished


6. Leaether Strip-Filling the Graves (En Esch Remix)

7. Hate Dept-Friendless

8. Bloodwire-Alive

9. Chemlab-21 Fear Shot (Instrumental Mix)

10. Red Lokust-Mistakes Were Made (Tragic Impulse Mix)

11. Cyanotic-Salvage the Excess (Noir Edit)

12. Centhron-Elegie

13. Skrew-Christ Crossed

14. Microwaved-The End is Mine (Feat. Douglas Havlik)

15. Rob Robinson-It's Still Your Fault (God Hates Me)

Silver Walks Joins Distortion Productions, LLC!!!

Inhabiting a musical world unapologetically shifting between analog noise, classic WaxTrax!-era electronic music, goth, psychedelia, trance,  synthpop and industrial music, Silver Walks happened almost by accident. Born out of Pennsylvania’s seminal Shadowland Lancaster parties, ringleader and primary songwriter Daniel McCullough’s project has blended emotional songwriting with experimentalism and electronics for the last three years. Its debut single, Tidal, mixes a bittersweet tale of love and loss with melancholy, New Order-style synthpop and a driving electronic beat. McCullough honed his skills spinning at Shadowland Lancaster and as a prolific remixer, working with the likes of Go Fight, Ego Likeness, Panic Lift and FIRES. They’ve also gained a reputation as a compelling live act, sharing stages with the likes of Chemlab, C-Tec, Ego Likeness and Assemblage 23. Their debut EP, Songs Of Love and Hate will be available late 2018, with a debut full-length, Various Positions, out in 2019.


Panic Lift and Red Lokust Join Forces for Exclusive Track, "Constructed Cold" for TFcon Chicago.

"Respect the Prime 2: Tales of the Wrecked" has been in the works at Distortion Productions for a while now and is set for release in the Summer of 2019.  Before we get to that, Distortion will release a 5 song EP exclusively for TFcon Chicago and mail order here at entitled "Constructed Cold".  The title track brings together New Jersey's Panic Lift (Metropolis Records) with Pennsylvania's Red Lokust (Distortion Prod). The song is based on IDW comics "Death of Optimus Prime" one shot and More Than Meets the Eye #1.  The other tracks on the EP will serve as a teaser for the upcoming Respect the Prime album.  Artists include Tragic Impulse, boxed warning, Third Realm, Red Lokust and thoughtForm.  Watch for more news and teases regarding the Constructed Cold EP soon.

Electronic Saviors 5 Release Parties Revealed!

Here is the up to date list of the Electronic Saviors 5 release parties happening.

June 2-Communion After Dark DJ release Show

June 10-San Francisco @ DNA Lounge-Deathline International and Esther Black

June 15-Toronto @ Nocturne-NTTX, Red Lokust, Spider Lilies, Tragic Impulse

June 28-Richmond @ Fallout-Spider Lilies, Tragic Impulse, This Hollow Machine

June 29-Wilmington, DE @ Bar 13-Stoneburner, Spider Lilies, Tragic Impulse, Silver Walks

July 3-Charlottesville @ Goth Night-Red Lokust, Tragic Impulse

July 18-Pittsburgh @ Howler's-Interface, Third Realm, Lorelei Dreaming, Doors in the Labyrinth

July 19-Cleveland @ Symposium-Interface, Red Lokust, Third Realm, Lorelei Dreaming

July 20-Cincinatti @ The Venue Events Center-Interface, Null Device, Spider Lilies, Red Lokust, Boxed Warning, Bloodwerks

July 21-Columbus @ The Shrunken Head-Interface, Spider Lilies, Null Device, Red Lokust, Boxed Warning

Aug 2-Madison-TBA

Sept 13-15 Coldwaves NYC (Vending Only)

Sept 21-23 Coldwaves Chicago (Vending Only)

Sept 27-29 Coldwaves LA (Vending Only)

More shows to be announced.

Electronic Saviors Vol. 5 Remembrance Pre-Order Is Here

When we lose someone close to us, it fills us with a void, an emptiness.  We try to move on in the best way we can.  Sometimes we throw ourselves into the things that we love most.  One of those passions is surely music.  Metropolis Records and Distortion Productions are proud to present the fifth volume in the critically acclaimed Electronic Saviors series, Remembrance.  Cancer survivor and industrial scene promoter and DJ, Jim Semonik has once again joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator, Chase Dudley (boxed warning) to bring together bands and artists from across the broad spectrum of the industrial scene to create this massive compilation album.  Tracks by coldwave and industrial rock greats, Pig, Mindless Faith and 16Volt share the space with newcomers FIRES, Esther Black and Encephalon.  The tracks range from the club friendly future pop of Ashbury Heights to the tribal stylings of Stoneburner to the dark electro of Ludovico Technique and Red Lokust. Once again, the diversity of the industrial scene is on display for all to hear. The 70 track, 4 disc comp with be available digitally from Metropolis Records while the 6 CD, 105 track Premium Edition will be available is a strictly limited edition boxset of 500 copies available at Distortion Productions' website,  The Premium Edition will include all 6 physical discs, wristband, Bumper Sticker and Autographed Postcard.  There will also be, for the first time ever, an Electronic Saviors comic book with companion soundtrack sold separately.  More details on that will be released closer to release date. Everybody has lost someone to cancer or knows someone that has.  Listen to this album and let them live on in your memories.  Let us give our lost ones the Remembrance they deserve.

Distortion Productions Welcomes Esther Black!

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We are happy to announce California's own Esther Black has joined the Distortion Productions family.  The album Dark Ways will be released on 04/20/2018.

Crazy, aggressive, dynamic and diverse... Esther Black is an industrial-metal  band created by Erie Loch,  known for his songwriting, studio, remix and video work with bands like Prong, Ministry, Revco, Lords of Acid and Pig and his work with members of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Faith No More, Rob Zombie, The Melvins, KMFDM, Skinny Puppy and many more.

Esther Black mixes a wide variety of electronic and acoustic sounds from many genres to create a frenzied mix that's fresh and new, groove-laden and dynamic and punctuated by Erie's incredibly diverse palate of vocal styles and range.

The members of Esther Black have worked together for years as part of bands like Luxt, Wiccid and Blownload, and have toured with and/or opened for the likes of Rammstein, System of a Down, Godsmack, Combichrist, Christian Death, Revco, Thrill Kill Kult, Lords of Acid, Hanzel Und Gretyl and many, many more.

Track List

1. California

2. Dark Ways

3. Devil May Care

4. El Diablo

5. Goat

6. Hymn

7. Little Beast

8. Love It

9. Planet of the Flies

10. Train Wreck

11. Rise

12. Until the Sun Explodes

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Summer Nights Label Sampler Released to Coincide with Tour

Mid August sees the Distorted Summer Nights Tour hitting the road with label artists Spider Lilies, Null Device, Red Lokust, Tragic Impulse and Boxed Warning.  To commemorate this mini tour, Distortion Productions has released a strictly limited tour sampler featuring two tracks from each band as well as 4 bonus tracks from the newest Distortion bands, Third Realm and Trade Secrets. This comp is limited to only 100 copies and will be sold on tour but for those who can't get to a city featuring the tour, there will be a limited amount available here at Distortion HQ. Click the link below and get some.

Tour dates:

August 15: Columbus, OH-The Shrunken Head

August 16: Pittsburgh, PA-Howler's

August 17: Charlottesville, VA-The Ante Room

August 18: Richmond, VA-Fallout

Order CD:


Respect the Prime: Convention Edition Announced with Artwork by IDW Comics Talent!

Last year's popular tribute compilation Respect the Prime is getting a face lift.  As a thank you to the wonderful fans and supporters, Distortion Productions has enlisted the amazing talent of IDW Comics' Nick Roche and colorist Josh Perez for a truly stunning new package.  The new CD, which will be available exclusively at TFcon Toronto (July 14-16) and TFcon DC (Sept 29-Oct 1) as well as Dark Side of the Con 2 (March 16-18 in 2018) will contain 2 BRAND NEW bonus tracks from the band thoughtForm, new liner notes and artwork. For those that are unfamiliar, Respect the Prime came out last Summer for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 animated movie. It included licensed cover songs of the original Transformers: The Movie soundtrack by such bands as Xenturion Prime, Bella Morte, Caustic, Ghostfeeder, Victor Love and more. This cd will be a physical only, limited to 300 copies release strictly for the fans and proceeds will be donated to cancer research.  A very limited amount will be available right here on the Distortion website for non attendees while supplies last.  A special tour edition t shirt will also be made.

Since it's inception, the Electronic Saviors series has raised nearly 60K for various cancer charities and suffering individuals worldwide.  Distortion Productions is proud to have Nick and Josh on board so let's give a little background on these gentlemen.  Ireland's Nick Roche has been a staple of the Transformers comics since very early on in IDW's license of the brand.  He co wrote (with TF: More Than Meets the Eye/Lost Light scribe James Roberts) the fan favorite Last Stand of the Wreckers and the sequel series Sins of the Wreckers. Nick is responsible for the artwork as well in those titles and is also responsible for the early designs of the More Than Meets the Eye series along with fellow artist Alex Milne. He has also done work for Marvel Comics including but not limited to the Death's Head one shot that was part of the Revolutionary War crossover. He also worked on the independent title: Monster Motors.

Josh Perez is a vet in Transformers comics and has been coloring them all the way back to when Dreamwave had the license.  He currently is working on a Rom/Transformers limited series for IDW due this Summer and you can see his amazing work all across the IDW continuity, most notably his long run on the Robots in Disguise series.  Josh is an incredible talent and we are so happy to have worked with him.

Lastly, Distortion's own graphics guru, Jason Wolf in on design duties and has put together a truly breath taking package.  Jason has been the face of Distortion Productions for many years including concert fliers and the previous Respect the Prime CD package.

Pre orders for attendees and non attendees will begin shortly.  Keep your eyes peeled.  We have also put a little surprise in the liner notes mentioning a special announcement about the future of Respect the Prime.  Thank you to all the bands and artists involved with this wonderful project.  It's only the beginning.  Till All Are One!