Explosive - CD 2012
Parish of Redemption - CD 2011
The Ephiphany - EP 2010
Mechanized - CD 2009
Brutal Resonance ^top^
Chain D.L.K. ^top^
Grave Concern E-zine ^top^
Atlantic Industrial Music Examiner ^top^
Side-line Magazine ^top^
ReGen Magazine ^top^
Mechanized is one of those albums that grows on you pretty quickly. On first listen, it is a typical EBM or futurepop album, but when you allow the vocals and lyrics to sink in, you'll find yourself really getting into it. Fun and full of very danceable songs, this is an album worth owning. One question you may find yourself asking, though, is how a guy from the East Coast began singing with a European accent.
By: Charity VanDeberg
Grave Concerns Magazine ^top^
By: Matthew J.
Eclectomatic Ezine ^top^
I was quite excited on first listening to this album but unfortunately, Mechanized has a short half-life that eventually leaves you with the bitter realisation that, “this could have been so much better!” Most tracks hint at great potential and songs like My Experiment, Mechanized and Deep Inside almost make it, as long as you aren‘t overly intent on listening (analyse and you will despair). Well-programmed sound and decent lyrics are let down by a heavy reliance on vocals that just don’t stretch far enough.
I’m sure Nikademus is a good vocalist but flat and monotonous delivery isn’t enough to carry the album forward when the rest of the arrangement is backed down in deference. There is nothing wrong with a vocally driven album, and in fact; it would be great to hear such concepts brought into the EBM and industrial genres more often, it requires edge and attitude, neither of which Nikademus offers.
While many aspects of Mechanized are solid and occasionally raise the album to high points, for much of the time, weak vocals and suspect arrangement make for a disappointing experience. Is Mechanized worth buying? Is there something magical saving element? Unfortunately, I would say no. There is too much music of similar or better quality offered free under Creative Commons licence. That said all our promising artists (that’s right, if nothing else, Sonik Foundry is promising) are worthy of our support.
Tempelores Magazine ^top^
Nicademus, the man behind Sonik Foundry, has had a past as a DJ and a project called Cybersonic. Nowadays its via Sonik Foundry that gets his artistic touches out to the world. The album “Mechanized” holds highly danceable and accessible tunes. Expect to a certain catchiness, that captures people easily, bringing the atmosphere of the sound on a good vibe. The brutality is not really upfront nevertheless, there is plenty of depth to hear when focusing more to the story that Sonik Foundry wants to tell. Nicademus seems to speak straight from himself in the most direct way. Album opener “My Experiment” and the fifth song “Alone” seem to be the witnesses to that. Most impressive is the song “Human Nature” that takes grip on you by the lyrics as well as the booming bass that comes through your body when listening with a decent volume. It surely represents the darkest side of Sonik Foundry shown on this album.
Overall, the album is promising and hopeful for the future releases. We suspect a world act out of this here to rise and take the battle with the long established names in the genre. People who enjoy the sounds of Combichrist are recommended to check out Sonik Foundry, for example. Sonik Foundry has the potential to second them in just a few years when continue working like this.
By: Sabine van GamerenLux Atenea ^top^
Sonik Foundry is the musical project created by Nikademus (Nick Deflaminis) in the style electro-industrial and harsh EBM. After a great experience as a DJ, Nicademus has released its first album entitled "Mechanized" through his label Hitman Records as personal cultural influence in the world of industrial music. Without leaving aside the club vision of his songs, "Mechanized" rough and impressive displays in a distinctly American style of writing where the weight of music technology is much greater and more forceful in the final finish. Of course, "Mechanized" is an album that does not leave you indifferent because their noise impact is brutal and merciless with your senses. But with his club essentially causes a complete surrender to its rhythms and sequences, so the songs on this album should be indispensable in a dark-electro session that prides itself on its quality.
The song "My experiment", shows a sound dimension that expands your senses from the beginning. "Mechanized" title track on this album is more industrial, playing more with the purpose to give a cyberpunk atmosphere, futuristic and dark. Following the same line futuristic enter "My evil", with an aplomb and musical appeal that inevitably traps us with its sinister charm. "Se7en sins" is much more commercial and predictable, but with the song "Alone", will return to the dark-electro essence ruling that came with a projection above and mixed in the right club with industrial action.
"Combine soldiers" will be presented more cyclical and ongoing, "Deep inside" is a musical composition clearly aimed at a dance music, but it is the song "Lethal" that this vision back to their underground and electronic music night, with a vocal presence dominates all the background noise. Before closing this album we find the song "Human Nature" in a technological and futuristic atmosphere absolute while we were involved in a successful new musical dimension harsh-EBM touches. Meanwhile, the depth of his voice will take over our minds in this world virtualized and decadent that will put an end to this album. "Mechanized", an album of songs perfect for a DJ becomes a track in an unforgettable experience. Enjoy!
Hi Nikademus, how are you doing?
I'm doing great, The Sonik Foundry project is looking to have a bright future with more and more shows being lined up for this summer and next year.
The project is a one-man managed project, managed by me, however Live, SF is not a one person act. On stage, SF is assisted by other members -- a drummer and a keyboardist/guitarist. Up in Maine it is difficult to find local musicians that are into the scene, not to mention the population is very sparse and most musicians that are available up here are seasoned in southern rock or country music, so it is hard to find anyone that is really into it. Luckily, I met up with college friend and former Californian, Dan Miller, and asked him if he would like to play drums for me. Dan plays a very unique rig that I have designed for him. It is a stand-up array of electronic trigger pads that are mounted on BOTH sides of a tubular "A" frame stand. It’s is what I like to call, "The Tandrum" set, where two drummers (Me and Dan) play the drums head to head, facing each other complementing each others rhythms. It is -- as far as I know – unseen anywhere else, and it has been dubbed sort of a trademark for the Sonik Foundry project. This rig debuted at the Electronic Saviors Benefit Concert and CD release party at Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, Virginia February 28th 2010. About 5 months ago, Tim Mizerak joined the band as keyboardist, guitarist and track management. Tim is from Albany, and found me from an ad posted in Craig’s List. He travels 6 hours to the studio at least once a month for weekend rehearsals. Now that's dedication!
No, I don’t prefer to work alone. I like to have great friends around me, and a great team. Although on occasion, I do drive them a little crazy sometimes being the micromanaging anal-retentive perfectionist… lol. But by the end of the day were all good.
Music already played a big role in your life at a very young age, can you tell us more about childhood and what music meant for you?
Music was always in my life, it was my first true passion, driven by a musical-orientated family. My father was a booking agent in NJ from around 1970 to 1992, and owned and operated a booking agency named “Johnny Flame Productions”. Between the years 1980 and 1992, I was a mobile DJ (Funny how everyone’s a DJ these days), and a resident DJ at a few small clubs in NJ and in NY where I spun mostly Techno, Trance, Freestyle, House, and bands like “Information Society” -- Mostly music from “Mic Mac” and “Cutting Records” labels.
Cybersonic was quite different and was a mash-up of many popular genres of the time. It had so many cultural elements. Growing up in the middle of NJ and moving 16 times during my upbringing, exposed me to different lifestyles -- from rural, to suburbs, to urban, to farmland, you name it, I lived it. I have influences in almost all music genres from house, freestyle, and club music -- to rock, techno, metal, punk rock, speed metal, classical, trance, Synth-pop, Goa, Hip Hop, Rap, and Pop. I play 5 instruments fluently from percussion, to stringed, to electronic. I grew up in both wealthy and poor communities with Hispanic, Caucasian, and Afro-American people living most of my childhood in the South Amboy / Perth Amboy NJ area in the US. I had really good friendships with people that were wealthy, as well as poor. I was good friends with people from all walks of life, and from different ethnic groups. I've been up and down and side to side. My growing up was very complicated.
Also being a DJ in the Club/Freestyle period, I listened to Bass music as well, you know those days when Bass was hot, and every kid on the block had a boomin' system? During the production of Cybersonic, I was into Bass, D&B, and bands like Prodigy and the like. So, I mashed up these genres with an 80s feel and singing style. I had the tenancy to outgrow cultures and change and have made so many drastic lifestyle changes with culture and music, I went through about 5 different cultures and stereotypes in my youth from Head-banger to Skin-Head (NOT the supremest type -- I treat everyone and respect everyone equally) to Punk, to Guido(I can say that because I'm Italian), to Geek, to Freak, to average, and back around again having wore really off-the-wall cloths at some points in my life, to having more hair styles then Ru-Paul.
When my father passed, and when I had my second child, I switched gears again in my life and took a break from music to concentrate fully on my family and to be more of a father and husband. I had no real time for music at that time and gained interest in a normal wholesome Americana lifestyle. I continued to work as a network Administrator at Fedex. I grew my career as a network administrator for 15 years and have acquired several certifications in different computer networking fields. Later when I reopened my studio I started back up again and with the advent of My-space and Facebook, I was able to reach thousands. Also, with a real strong computer background, and with trouble-free music production using Apple hardware and software, A dream became a reality for me!
In 1999, I left everything behind and moved to Maine and landed a job with Husson College and the New England School of Communications. Having met a few friends at work that run a recording studio over at NESCOM, I got started with the idea of having a studio again, so i rekindled the fires, started planning, built the studio in my basement, and things progressed from there. When I was complete, I reopened the Studio and started advertising. I got many new customers and recorded some nice stuff for the local scene. At some point after, I was inclined to create some new stuff of my own with all the new fancy gear. So it all started back up again and Sonik Foundry was born.
Eventually I got tuned in with the studio clique from friends of mine that had studios, and by spending many sessions in them -- with friends like John Mulrennen at Acorn Digital in Farmington NJ, and with Randy Spencer at His studio in Holden, Maine, and with all the recommended books, and learning the ins and outs of record labels working with Kristy Venrick of The Azoic and Nilaihah Records, combined with some very good advice from the bands that frequented my studio, I was destined.
It was not hard, it was actually easier due to today's technology with networking sites like Myspace, and now Facebook. All was great, making music, meeting new people, distribution and web marketing, everything was so much easier! Meanwhile Linda was studying Music Business and becoming more educated on how the business worked, from negotiating, to contracts and riders, to booking and the do's and don'ts. She is my adviser, my headlight. Shes my leader, my guide, my coach, and i would not be as far as i am today if it weren't for her communication skills and advise. She is to me what Sharon is to Ozzy.
In the meantime a lot had changed in making music, new hardware, new music styles, what changes were important for you?
The sequencer and arraignment software, the "DAW" and its ease of use compared to what i had to work with back then is way better by 10-fold. The technology certainly has gotten to the point where anyone with an artistic ability could make music quickly -- and so inexpensively! What used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, could now be done with a few grand! Man!, back then when producing Cybersonic, it cost me $1200 for a friggin 4X CD burner!!!, and was using Orchestrator Plus, hardly a professional program. I'm sorry that i missed the peak of the industrial era though as people say that this is now a dying scene and culture. No regrets though, I love my wife and kids, and had many great times with them with many to come. I don't know what I would do without them.
We have had great reception with the release. ReGen magazine, Grave Concerns Ezine, and a few others wrote rave reviews on the CD, and many DJs have reported great success at the clubs and radio shows!
I don't plan the music or write entire songs before setting foot in the studio. Most of my music gets created on the fly, on a whim, a thought that comes to me as fast as it goes. Like an artist, I gather and recall my thoughts and sit in front of my canvas with my paint and ponder on different things to paint right there on the fly, or as a musician add sounds to my arrangement that had come to me. For me, music comes in a thought process that is short lived. I get a thought of a melody in my head, get whole songs in my head while driving mostly and at that very moment, take out my blackberry and make an audio recording of my idea and hum the melody or sing what is on my mind as the epiphanies come. I go through the audio notes to recall my memory of the songs or sounds that appealed to me that popped into thought. I then start "painting my canvas". Once a bass line and a beat is down, I build on that and add instruments of complementing melodies, effects, and other elements that complete the song. Nothing serious has ever occurred like losing the song or anything, I keep good backups having a computer background -- things have been smooth thus far -- knock on wood, after all I use an Apple lol. I used to use a PC and had issues constantly, which is probably one of the reasons why I never went back to making music till now being able to afford a mac computer and all the software.
Yes, Tom Shear is a good friend of mine and I'm also a fan. His music, as well as many other groups and individuals such as Depeche Mode, VNV Nation, Colony5, Combichist, Das Ich, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, and Information Society(I used to be friends with Kurt Harland of Insoc way back, and he had given me many of my first tips on audio software back in the early 90's) among others, have played an influential part in helping create of some of my musical styles.
The Wakening is a sample of whats next with Sonik Foundry, it will be on the new EP releasing this summer. As the project matures, and as i learn more and more with the software and gear, different elements and sounds will become more sophisticated as will the quality and style of the programing. It has been many moons since i programmed and now im starting to get comfortable with a signature sound that i think will set Sonik Foundry into the higher ranks. As I become more educated with the capabilities of my gear and software and come to the point where I can produce the same exact sounds and melodies that are in my brain verbatim, then i think that will be the peak of my artistic ability and this project. It is going to take time for my programing chops with the new software to catch up with my warped mind. lol, but when it does, watch out, it will be scary, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and sonic journey!
The main reason I released my music under my own label is the same reason why other's do such as The Azoic to Nilaihah. You cut out a lot of middle ground, cost, royalty issues, contract issues and such. you have better control. Another reason is I did not have to wait for a label or focus energy on trying to get on another label enabling me to concentrate on the music, which is my deal, the label and all the business "Stuff" is Linda. Having my own recording studio, why pay for another studio and label when I can create, market and distribute myself. Also it is a home based business so I don't have the overhead of other labels and studios and can choose to make it grow or pull the plug at any given time if needed. I have full control over what happens with the project weather I put in a little time or a lot, is up to me, if it fails, then the label fails but I don't think I have it in me to fire myself. haha!. There is good and bad in self-signing your own band. First off, it is kinda biased, why would I not sign my own band, right?... lol. However if I did not think SF was good enough for another label, I would not produce under my own because if the project sucked, so would my label and the other bands that the label represented or planed to represent would suffer from that reputation and the label as well as the bands would falter.
You did some live shows already, how did they go?
Every time I do a show they seem to get significantly better then the last by a significant amount. Thus far -- so far, so good! With unprecedented turnouts every time. My last show at Darq in Salem Massachusetts on April 24th 2010 was amazing. The crowd was very receptive and extremely satisfied with the show. The place was packed to capacity and the dance floor was completely full! Many VIPs were present such as DJ Annabel Evil, DJ and representative of Vampire Freaks, Amy Black from Plague, Anderson Mar of Dark Sky Productions, Linda Deflaminis from Hitman Records, as well as Ibeus LaCroix from Carpe Nocturne Magazine were all there amongst the audience to see the show and Linda and I have received many thanks and mentions of being very impressed from some very important people! That was a very exciting thing to hear! DJ Anabel Evil, approached me and said she was very Impressed, and others said that for someone that has started not too long ago, performs like a seasoned performer! That is because I do it for fun, and not for work, work, work! As soon as music becomes work, for me, it is no longer enjoyable and that shows in the performance. Music is in my soul, and even though i still consider it my hobby, its a labor of love that pays in more ways then money. and having the support I get from my wife, makes it all more worth while. Linda networked like nobody's business that night... hahah! Thank you babes!
Well if I tell you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore would it... lol, or shall I say that "Foghedaboutdit... I could tell ya, but id have to kill ya, capise?"... lol, J/K. Having a new thing and a new experience every time you perform. Never let your routine get stale and played out. Do something out of the norm, surprise your audience with something never done before, something new!
HAHAHA! Did Linda put you up to that one... lol. When I was younger and in my jackass years, I had an old "Parlor Trick" I used to amaze my friends with around the campfire. I used to spit like these 10-foot fire plumes from my face -- not something I would ever do indoors or in close proximity of others now. Too many liabilities, its dangerous, someone could get seriously burned, besides it has been done before. I cant see it unless someone takes a picture as i am doing it, but once someone told me I spit out such a long flame, it crossed the entire street. lol I do have some pictures somewhere of smaller ones, if I ever find them, I will post them up on my FB or whatever we would be using for social networking at that time.
You will just have to find out, as far as performance surprises go -- however we have a new EP due for release this summer. I'm going to try to have it out by June 18th if possible for my next show at Plague (the Asylum) in Portlland Maine. It will include a few new tunes and a few remixes.
Yes. Stand your ground. Don't give up fighting for your cause and what you believe in, you will prevail in the end. Be good to your spouse and your mom, your mother gives you life and your spouse sustains it.
Regen Magazine ^top^
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