Robin Ono

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Robin is a writer born and raised in the small country of Luxemburg.
Eurasian, raised English and schooled in the french educational system, the task of figuring out which olympic team to root for triggers a deep, harrowing existential crisis in his soul. Over the years, his go-to response when asked about his origins has come to be funnelled down into a single phrase:
“I am basically a white man dipped in soy sauce”.

Articles by Robin Ono

Ingrina – Etter Lys

With every song placed in context, Ingrina’s ‘Etter Lys’ record is a sturdily built debut and a thoroughly engaging listen. Etter Lys is not to be picked apart, specifically because its main strength resides specifically in the summation of its parts, or rather in the way the parts are put together.

Good Luck in Death – They promised us a bright Future, we were content with an obscure past

They Promised Us A Bright Future is a participatory experience between an artist and its listener. What you get out of They Promised Us A Bright Future will depend on how much you’re willing to actively engage with it.

Grandbrothers – Village Underground, London

Grandbrother’s set made for a perfect demonstration of live performance used to transcend music into a full-on experience.

Grandbrothers with support from Kelpe

Grandbrothers, Kelpe The Village Underground, London, 10.04.2018 Photos by Robin Ono Please do not use the photos without the photographer’s permission.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Dirt

As eccentric as their work may read on paper, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan measure up to their claims and have proven themselves once more with another splendid piece of work that transcends genres.

Gary Numan – Kulturfabrik, Esch-Sur-Alzette

Numan knows how to put on a good spectacle and has made sure even the modest likes of Luxemburg’s Kulturfabrik was ready to accommodate a show worthy of his stature.

Autrenoir – Autrenoir

Autrenoir doesn’t draw its heaviness from loudness or abrasive crashes; rather, the atmosphere on each track settles in and grows at a steady pace, like a novel that unveils it gripping narrative, page by page, word by word.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot and Wormwitch – The Opera House, Toronto

Sometimes I forget that I like death metal, but it’s nights like this one – the night you’re currently reading about – that remind me why I love death metal.

Perturbator – Birthing the New Model

We caught up with the young artist and decided to inquire about the projects’ current direction and its possible link with the “synthwave-frenzy” he has, in spite of himself, been caught up in.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch

The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch The Opera House, Toronto, 18.10.2017 Photos by Robin Ono Please do not use the photos without the photographer’s permission.

Das Gespräch des Blitzes – An Interview with Laibach

“Mankind is a rope tied between beast and superman – a rope over an abyss” – a thin, razor-sharp rope upon which Laibach proudly waltzes.

Perturbator – New Model

With ‘New Model’, the French Prince of Synth Darkness ends his escape from the ruins of a saturated, overflowing retro scene and lays the foundation for his new empire.

Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Whores., Dälek

Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Whores., Dälek Mod Club, Toronto, Canada, 22.08.2017 Photos by Robin Ono Please do not use the photos without the photographer’s permission.

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas, Dälek, and Whores. – Toronto

An evening of otherworldly voyages, preceded by some experimental hip hop and loud, obscene noise rock.

Reaping Death: A conversation with Tomas Lindberg from The Lurking Fear

Wordsmith, frontman, artist of the fevered soul, Tomas ‘Tompa’ Lindberg is a household name and a seemingly everlasting force to be reckoned with in the world of extreme music. Robin Ono got in touch with Tompa to find out more.

Music, Language and Chaos: A conversation with Ilja Lappin from The Hirsch Effekt

The Hirsch Effekt’s Ilja Lappin sits down with Robin Ono to talk about the talent, the language and the chaos behind the music.

Neurosis, Converge, Amenra

Neurosis, Converge, Amenra The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada 2.08.2017 Photos by Robin Ono

Neurosis, Converge and Amenra – Toronto

Whether we’re talking about Neurosis, Converge or Amenra, time bears no mark on legacies destined to remain unmatched.

Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

Overall, Add Violence as a standalone release sums up to a couple of great tracks, a handful of interesting ideas and a few decent yet redundant formalities, leaving this reviewer yearning for a new album as opposed to reaching for the replay button.

The Hirsch Effekt – Eskapist

On the whole, ‘Eskapist’ marks yet another honorable release for the german trio, one that nicely counterbalances the consistent mathcore-driven aggression of its direct predecessor through its effective and cohesive musical narrative.

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet

Soft Sounds From Another Planet is as consistent as one can hope for, elegantly tied together into a peaceful flow of songs that wash over your senses and reel you into its world like the irresistible voice of mermaids.

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