I Missed Posting For Bandcamp Day :( Yet here is some reviews.

It’s October my darklings, the month of spook, where goths can be goths. So I need to start thinking about my Halloween soundtrack. I’ll fire through the latest batwings and eye lashes of newt falling into my cauldron.

Swansect: Kill Pop Goth – Adrian is always thrashing like a madman in a new direction. Always producing something he hasn’t done and something I hadn’t heard a million times before. Track #1 Horse of Grass has this cool percussion driven guitar strike. Almost a folk goth tempo with vibrating underwater vocals. Track #2 Kain is my favorite and has this sinister Tones on Tail Daniel Ash sex appeal. The words are in Norwegian telling the story of Cain. I love the old school batcave rockabilly riff. Swansect always takes you to a place in your mind with the music, and usually that place is a nightmare.

https://swansect.bandcamp.com/album/kill-pop-goth

SpankTheNun: The Bunker Tapes II – This album is mixed by the legendary Claus Larson (LeatherStrip). Out of Texas Eric Hanes does a hard and nasty industrial, full of chant and eye beam precision. Track 2 Fight and Breed is a building whisper that holds aggression on a greasy chain to make a tension build you can feel on the back your neck. I think what really sets this above the bar are how clearly the vocals ring for industrial music. It has a bit of effect, but you can savor every growled line. Some amazing remixes here from Melodywhore, Sapphirra Vee, and Assemblage 23. My favorite track was Lies and Hate which unleashes a real Nitzer Ebb feel. I think what impressed me most of this album is how it never has to turn the volume up to 11 to hit you in the fucking teeth with it’s power. It’s a real skill to project that much rage without screaming.

https://spankthenun.bandcamp.com/album/the-bunker-tapes-vol-i

Vazum: Rated V – Ok I know I recently reviewed the Detroit band Vazum, but they did this new release specifically for Halloween with a monster/ghoul theme. It’s stalking creature abomination horror full of heavy guitars and sinister keys. Zach unleashes and inner demon from behind his usually lovely lilting vocals to send a shiver up the spine. I said the same about the previous album Vampyre Villa but I love the use of 90’s alternative mixed into the horror. Emily has a soulful Concrete Blonde vocal style that is the perfect offset in every song. Each monster has it’s own tone and flavor, my favorite was Werewolf . This one really let Emily shine on vocals and truly laid out the primal transformation. Cool lyrical poetry, “Copper turns to gold, sell our gold for silver”. There is so much going on here stylistically. We had an interview with them last week (which will post soon) I am really bummed I hadn’t heard this to discuss before hand.

https://vazum.bandcamp.com/

Vanity Kills : Chapter 2 Enemy – Hard rocking cyberpunk from Cardiff UK. The real beauty captured here is the driving rock 90’s aggression of Helmet phase shifting into pixilated time dilation of club smashing electro-core. The intensity almost rides the line of metal. Yet the distinctive dance stomp is catchy and clean. For personal preference I wish I could hear more of the lyrics and feel the melody lines. The music really placed me in an empty room of drywall I found myself smashing out of, I wanted to know more about why. Favorite track was “This is Gonna Hurt”, it had such a punch it made me picture Clutch smashing synthesizers on a flaming stage. This one shows great promise for the future.

https://officialvanitykills.bandcamp.com/album/chapter-2-enemy

UnderTheSkin: End This Summer – New single complete with some outstanding remixes from Poland. This one is a Cure heavy darkwave bird of prey soaring on a night sky. Mariusz has a beautiful and captivating voice. The bassline of the song is everywhere beneath the soaring wings. A powerful track in crafting and execution. So who could successfully remix such a track? Ash Code, Shad Shadows, Kill Shelter, and Antipole with Paris. Now that is a heavy weight endorsement of some of the great production tunesmiths of our scene. A lot of individual flavor here for each remix on an absolute scorcher of a track.

https://underskin.bandcamp.com/album/end-this-summer-ep

Razor Hawt video with this one too.

Twin Tribes: Shadows(Matte Black remix) – Holy shit how did I not know this was coming out? Also why does Matte Black get to remix Twin Tribes and I don’t? Ok now that petty jealousy is out of the way, this is my favorite Twin Tribes song. The song I discovered them from. I didn’t even recognize it at first in the best possible way. This is everything I want from a remix. It has taken their glorious violet energy and fired it through a prism to create something new and beautiful. I am jaw dropped on the floor right now. Buy this immediately.

https://twintribes.bandcamp.com/

Panic Priest: When Daylight Disappears – Brand new single from Jack, and it’s another burner. Such a master of blending sizzling guitar licks and neon streaming synths. His bellowing baritone voice is an trap I can’t stop falling into. This song is a prayer to the darkness that surrounds us. I want to sit on a Chicago roof staring at the moon as the city sleeps below.

https://panicpriestngp.bandcamp.com/track/when-daylight-disappears-demo

Klack: Two Minute Warning (Depeche Mode Cover) – This is a beautiful cover with a beautiful and tragic story behind it. Claus Larsen (Leatherstrip) recently lost his husband Kurt after a long battle with sickness. It left a lot of medical bills and the community really rallied around him in this tough time. All proceeds go to assist their family. I’ve always loved this song and Klack of course didn’t disappoint to capture it’s energy and majesty.

https://klack.bandcamp.com/album/two-minute-warning

It’s Friday night, what new music is stalking me like a beast in the night?

So since Thursday I have been tuning in regularly to the amazing streaming event Goths for Sanctuaries. I have been discovering amazing bands and Dj’s from all over the world. As well as a few things through the usual channels. So to take my mind off of my own nervous energy about playing Sunday night with Amaranth I figured I will try and get some reviews done.

The Vampires Of Rome: I saw this band in the streaming show and I was captured by the energy and beauty of their live performance. From Italy I’m currently only seeing the one single on bandcamp, but already they are creating a stir. The sound has an urgency to it’s tempo and a vocal cadence of batcave punk. I love the constant humming guitars and double time drums. Sometimes goth can get caged by it’s own tempo restraints. TVOR are pure unrestrained energy with the same dark seasoning. Early in the game but I see a bright future.

https://agogerecords.bandcamp.com/track/a-ghost-for-helen

Vision Video: Really cool band from Atlanta my friend Richeau turned me onto. I think what captured me was how familiar the sound was ( Cure/New Order) but also unique the flavor was. The drums and synth sounds had this lovely dreampop feel. A little Johnny Marr to the guitar. Dustin Gannon has a voice that dances on top of the rhythms. They have a very tight sound that transcend the 3 songs available on bandcamp. They really hit hard on that idea of bright shining beautiful sounds with intense dark lyrics to make a wonderful synthesis. I can’t wait to hear more.

https://visionvideo.bandcamp.com/album/in-my-side

Kiss of the Whip: I’ve been following Tristan and this amazing Baltimore based shadow synth project for a while now. “We’re Not Here” comes out on 10/23 and I have a pre-order in. In a world of neon pastel synth music KOTW is painting pictures with smokey grey charcoal. It’s music that just feels cool. When you listen to it driving down the street you feel like you are in on the secret. The edges aren’t sharp, it’s a fog that wraps around you and makes you the protagonist in a spy film. This record can’t arrive soon enough.

https://kissofthewhip.bandcamp.com/

Pretty Addicted: Fuck yes! This came to me courtesy of my friend Jeff Heveron. I need all the goth adjacent sounds with badass lady singers punching the status quo in the mouth. It’s dancable, it’s sexy, and it gives zero fucks. Great transitions with brutal intensity. I just found this band but I have a feeling I will be falling deep into this acid spewing K hole. Looks like a series of singles and I’ll be working my way back. Fuk me up with hot burning trash.

https://prettyaddicted.bandcamp.com/track/puppet-2

Preach, no one has time for that

Helvete Inc: Brand new Album called “The New Flesh” from Baltimore. I really enjoyed the 2018 release Filth for it’s biting sensual chaos. I LOVE seeing growth of sound and that is what I am feeling here. When you have a style based in noisy Skinny Puppy intensity it is a razor edge to smooth those edges without losing that rawness. That’s what I feel from this record. It’s intelligent, political, sensual, and angry in just the right measure. The cover of Prince’s “Controversy” (one of my favorite Prince Tracks) is a driving blend of sharp edges and crystal energy. I love hearing another layer on something I already love.

https://hymnsovgolgotha.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-flesh

Delphine Coma: Brand new single from goth/darkwave veteran Ashe Ruppe called Dissolve. This track really gets back to the proto-goth roots. It could have felt right at home on First Last and Always. Organic fender jazz tube amp guitar trills. The husky growl in the lowest of registers. A tone that searches the emptiness sightless and unsure. All too relatable in these times.

https://swissdarknights.bandcamp.com/track/dissolve-2

DogTablet: New album from Martin King and company called “Tales From The Outlaw”. It’s hard to compare one album to another for Dogtablet because the range is so vast. Jared Louche (Chemlab) returns to add vocals. This time with a beauty of harmonies that tend more towards The Velvet Underground than Industrial. I suppose that is the great benefit of being genre royalty is you get to reinvent your own wheel. Track 2 includes vocals from talented electronic tune wizard Melodywhore. Again with such a gentle subtlety and hopeful tone in the downbeat tempo. The more I hear the more I impressed with his soothing and rich voice. Martin and Dogtablet continue to be one of those projects I can always count on while it is still in the decanter. Expertly crafted and creatively fresh with each passing release.

https://dogtablet.bandcamp.com/

11 Grams: Rob and Simeon have just released the long anticipated electronic mind shredder “Humancide” full of grinding industrial dance beats, guest vocalists and remixes. When I hear 11 grams I hear the work of master electronic engineers with savvy and intent addressing the human condition. Each track feels balanced on a pin with a blend of energy and elements that leap from track to track while existing in the same world. It’s a sonic science fiction novel compressed and downloaded into your mind.

https://11grams.bandcamp.com/album/humanicide

Goths for Sanctuaries: 9/24 – 9/29

Two things that give me hope in these dark times are my cats and live music. One of those has been painfully taken away from me. That’s why this weekend means so much. The sheer amount of amazing bands and DJ’s here is mind boggling. I think it really goes a long way towards how much our tiny furry gods mean to us. I’m going to try and touch briefly on a lot of what will be featured, but there is just so much. So I will start with the bands preforming live. Buckle up, because the scope of this weekend will be one to remember.

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Inkubus Sukkubus: British driving organic darkness that goes back to the late 80’s. They have this beautiful pagan ritual Stevie Nicks thing happening. I’ve never seen them play live so I am very excited for this one. I really love the unapologetic witchcraft vibe and expect this is a band that will lend extremely well to a live stream performance.

https://inkubus-sukkubus.bandcamp.com/

Chameleons Vox: Also from England this was a band that made me first fall in love with dark music. Their capacity to forge a perfect spiral staircase of a riff with thunderous drums and lyrics that captured my young imagination is a thing of legend. Getting a chance to witness this live performance let alone share a bill is a dream come true.

https://moochinaboutltd.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-roughnecks-2

The Cassandra Complex: No one has more goth street cred then Rodney Orpheus, they have played with The Sisters, Mission, you name it. I have been deep diving back into this band with some of Rodney’s solo releases lately. They really gave the goth concept it’s teeth on a science fiction themed intelligence. Lately I have really enjoyed the recent live streams and this performance will be a memorable one.

https://thecassandracomplex.bandcamp.com/album/everything-ive-always-wanted-live-in-berlin-2012

Ashes Fallen: The sinister guitar lord James Perry and lovely wife Michelle are putting the rock back into goth rock. The songs are epic in scope and full of complexity and power. Hailing from Sacramento CA, they have a lot of that Cali glam flavor with a stalking dark shadow.

https://ashesfallenmusic.bandcamp.com/track/we-belong-nowhere

Blood Bells: Texas death rock duo Blood Bells have that driving hallow abyss sound perfect for a late night drive on an empty back street below a full moon. Just enough punk edge to pour some piss and vinegar on your darkness.

https://bloodbells.bandcamp.com/releases

AngelSpit: LA Cyberpunk originally from Austrailia that is a true audio visual experience. They have been destroying stages since early 2000’s and have been doing a lot with streaming shows. It’s glitchy chaos magic Zoog has one of those voices that beckons to you through the fuzz. Pure energy through your ears down your spine.

https://angelspit-official.bandcamp.com/album/sputnik-meltdown

Amaranth: How the fuck are we on this bill with everyone I have listed so far? I’ll take it. We took everything we love, stole from in liberally and spewed it out as prog-goth. Lets hope we don’t embarrass ourselves.

https://theamaranth.bandcamp.com/

Spindly Killers: I don’t know them well, another UK band. They have a cool Johnny Cash meets Nick Cave thing happening. I look forward to learning more.

https://spindlykillers.bandcamp.com/

Stahschlag: Smooth and stabbing Industrial noise from Hamberg Germany. Mastered by the amazing Rob Early of 11 Grams. Really beautiful soundscape images with cannon fire drums. A bit of old Test Dept feel which should lend well to a live performance. Color me intrigued.

https://stahlschlag.bandcamp.com/album/annihilation

SugarPlum Suicide: Dancy Irish goth pop? I’m all in. Cerridwen Kitty has a great vocal lilt which helps carry a candy sweet beat. Gives me The Birthday Massacre vibes. I look forward to seeing how it plays out live.

https://sugarplumsuicide.bandcamp.com/

Luna Lacuna: A UK grudge alt rock band. I love the growling L7 vocals here. It’s smokey, filthy, and a great break in sound from some of the other acts. Plus bonus points for the Alester Crowley cat on the album cover.

https://lunalacuna.bandcamp.com/

Pro Patria: Belgian Industrial Disco Clash full of movement and rage. This is a steel surfboard with razor edges coming at you at full tilt. I really enjoy the unusual time breaks and ferocious growl of Peter V.

https://propatria.bandcamp.com/album/godless

Camlann: Holy shit does this band fill me with hope for the future. New signing by our friends from Cold Transmission Music these under 20 folks from Indonesia are playing at a level of depth and quality i could not have conceived of at that age. It’s a ceremonial drone of shadows on a cave wall, flickering and rich. This is the future I long for. Ony Godfrey has a voice that is haunting and elegant. Give me more.

https://camlannmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-forgotten-lost-fragments

Machines With Human Skin: Originally from Chicago our friend Adrian Halo brings their rolling 90’s industrial style grind. I’ve never witnessed it live so I am excited to see this energy brought to life. Pain and triumph rolled into a ball and flung at the wall with abandon. I love the marching tempo and raw emotion.

https://machineswithhumanskin.bandcamp.com/album/anagnorisis

40 Octaves Below: From Vancouver this EDM explosion is sure to get the party jumping. Slithering effect rich vocals and driving beats. Time to turn your computer up to 11 and stomp your boots. This is a horror film soundtrack to haunt your dreams.

https://40octavesbelow.bandcamp.com/album/digital-resurrections

Dead Blood Cells: UK based darkwave brings a slithering sweetness blended with electric glitch. I love that razor wire between post punk and Industrial feels. It’s music that comes in waves and the vocals are ethereal and penetrating. Can’t wait to see the live energy.

https://deadbloodcells.bandcamp.com/track/woman-in-white

Coor Brown Obles : SE UK artist with a dreamy organic bounce. A bit of Magnetic Fields alt vibe. I really like the vocals which fluctuate greatly within the songs to create dynamic build.

https://coorblimey.bandcamp.com/album/going-in-circles

This review has only covered the live performances. We haven’t even touched on bands doing pre recorded or DJ performances. Aside from the wonderful cause this event is shaping up to be one of the standout online events of the year. I hope to see you all there.

Thursday, September 24, 20203:00 PM – 4:00 PMVideos: Raven Said, The Quinsy, The Black Capes, Onism, Lupe4:00 PM – 5:00 PMVideos: Karluv Tyn, Doppelganger, Mechanimal, Angel of Dust5:00 PM – 6:00 PMVideos: Atomic Neon, Other-Ed, This Eternal Decay, Your Life on Hold6:00 PM – 7:00 PMVideos: Ground Nero, Enhok, Nairod Yarg, La Grazia Obliqua, Trouble Fait’, Iamnoone, Talk to Her, Love the Ghost, On the Floor7:00 PM – 8:00 PMVideos: Les Longs Adieux, Dageist, From the Mouth ov Belial8:00 PM – 9:00 PMVideos: Saigon Blue Rain, The Blind Ruffians, Ultrviolence9:00 PM – 10:00 PMVideos: Sunshine Blind / Caroline Blind, Vampires of Rome, Massive Ego – Reading10:00 PM – 10:30 PMLIVE: BLOOD BELLS10:30 PM – 12:30 AM (overnight)DJ Set: Rockin’ Robert C (US)Friday, September 25, 202012:30 AM – 1:00 AMVideos: The Long Losts1:00 AM – 4:30 AMDJ Set: Kale Shelter (US)4:30 AM – 8:00 AMDJ Set: Vox Sinistra (US)8:00 AM – 1:00 PMDJ Set: The New Order Melbourne (AU)1:00 PM – 3:00 PMDJ Set: Graveyard Death Cult (DE)3:00 PM – 5:00 PMDJ Set: nAo12xu (JP)5:00 PM – 7:00 PMDJ Set: Dmitry Flo (RU)7:00 PM – 9:00 PMDJ Set: Evangel (DE)9:00 PM – 11:00 PMDJ Set: Geisterwelt (DE/GR) (Videos: Lefki Symphonia, Giant Waves, Dead Souls Rising)11:00 PM – 2:00 AM (overnight)DJ Set: Vade Retro & Jo the Waiter (UK)Saturday, September 26, 20202:00 AM – 4:00 AMDJ Set: Dead Souls Gothic Lounge (US)4:00 AM – 6:00 AMDJ Set: The Sisters of Mondays (US)6:00 AM – 8:00 AMDJ Set: Dave Bats (US)8:00 AM – 10:00 AMDJ Set: Miz Margo (US) (Videos: Dark Door, Sombre)10:00 AM – 3:00 PMDJ Set: Spooky Shaz & Poisondwarf (AU) (Videos: Suzi Sabotage, October Burns Black, Brigitte Handley)3:00 PM – 4:15 PMLIVE: LUNA LACUNA – Videos: Grooving in Green – LIVE: DEAD BLOOD CELLS4:15 PM – 6:00 PMDJ Set: Caroline Carnivorous (NO)6:00 PM – 10:00 PMDJ Set: martin oldgoth & Mortasha Kinski (UK/AU) (Videos: Hapax, Sounds Like Winter, Gene Loves Jezebel, Black Rose Burning)10:00 PM – 11:00 PMDJ Set: Mistress McCutchan (CA)11:00 PM – 1:00 AM (overnight)DJ Set: Hi-Fi Hillary & Kale Shelter (US) (Videos: Sjöblom, Then Comes Silence, Twin Tribes)Sunday, September 27, 20201:00 AM – 3:00 AMDJ Set: Veganinblack (US) (Videos: Nite)3:00 AM – 5:00 AMDJ Set: Slavezero (US)5:00 AM – 7:00 AMDJ Set: Pirate Twins (US)7:00 AM – 9:00 AMDJ Set: Vox Sinistra (US) (Videos: Ash Code)9:00 AM – 9:30 AMLIVE: CAMLANN9:30 AM – 12:00 PMDJ Set: The New Order Melbourne (AU)12:00 PM – 3:00 PMLIVE: COOR BROW-OBLES, PRO PATRIA, STAHLSCHLAG – Video: Feather Trade – LIVE: SPINDLY KILLERS3:00 PM – 7:00 PMDJ Set: Cyberpagan (DE) (Videos: Dead Inside, Date at Midnight, 1919, NU:N, Audra)7:00 PM – 8:00 PMLIVE: INKUBUS SUKKUBUS – Videos: Mephisto Walz, Autumn Tears8:00 PM – 9:00 PMLIVE: CHAMELEONS VOX9:00 PM – 1:00 AM (overnight)DJ Set: Red Party NYC (US) (Videos: Bootblacks)Monday, September 28, 20201:00 AM – 2:00 AMLIVE: AMARANTH, MACHINES WITH HUMAN SKIN2:00 AM – 4:00 AMDJ Set: Kangal (US)4:00 AM – 5:00 AMLIVE: 40 OCTAVES BELOW, ASHES FALLEN5:00 AM – 6:00 AMVideos: L’Avenir, Shanghai Beach6:00 AM – 7:00 AMVideos: Sonsombre, Ren Flowers, Pilgrims of Yearning, El Ojo y la Navaja7:00 AM – 8:00 AMVideos: Mordelin, Blood Handsome, Synthax Xtructure, Unidad Obscura, Hallows, Lycia, NNHMN8:00 AM – 9:00 AMVideos: Vyrtual Zociety, Lore, The Dramedy, Kurt Riley, Electric Press Kit, Chiron, The Coloirs of Silence9:00 AM – 10:00 AMVideos: Spankthenun / Th3Count of DEATHLINE INT’L DJ set including Deathline Int’l and Cop Int’l label bands10:00 AM – 4:00 PM- Break -4:00 PM – 7:00 PMVideos: Mosquito, Ego Bliss, Death Party UK, Global Citizen, Chaos Bleak, Sometime the Wolf, Nature of Wires7:00 PM – 8:00 PMVideos: Iamwarface, Senex IV, Accrogeist8:00 PM – 9:00 PMLIVE: THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX – Videos: Vice Squad, Frostofdoom9:00 PM – 10:00 PMVideos: Frostofdoom – LIVE: ANGELSPIT10:00 PM – 11:00 PMVideos: Skeletal Family, The Secret French Postcards, 13th Sky, Deliverance MX, The Secret Post11:00 PM – 11:30 PMVideos: Pass / Ages, Red Vienna11:30 PM – 2:00 AM (overnight)DJ Set: Miserable Mondays (US)

The Next Wave of Goth Is Now

Goth music and culture has always been rooted firmly in the past. It often has felt this subculture awards time served in the scene and knowledge of the obscure history of the bands, clubs, and fashion of our progenitors. However in order for a culture to carry on it must evolve and strike a chord in future generations. This happened in the 90s, then again in the mid 2000’s as new waves of goth music found and audience. Each time adding to the story by paying homage to the generations before it. As time went on “Goth” has splintered into smaller subgenres which have pushed further from that original concept until a tangled and complex web reached towards the edges of other genres. I for one embrace how rich and diverse the concept of goth culture has become. In future articles I want to explore some of these subgenres and how they are impacting modern music. In this article I will be focusing on the return to the core. That first idea of guitar driven dark music, with throbbing basslines, ethereal keyboards, and haunted lyrics with romantic natures.

1st Wave: The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, The Birthday Party, Sisters of Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Fields of the Nephilim, The Mission.

2nd Wave: Rosetta Stone, Nosferatu, The Wake, Children On Stun, Dead Can Dance, Lycia

3rd Wave: Angels of Liberty, Merciful Nuns, Switchblade Symphony, O’Children, Ritual Howls, Pink Turns Blue, The Horrors, Sunshine Blind, Golden Apes, Black Tape For a Blue Girl, Razed In Black.

Finally a new slew of darklings is raising that torch and producing the next wave of goth rock. I think it is key that these are bands who came up listening to the post synthesis goth and found their way back to the root. It gets me excited for the future.

Sonsombre – Leading the charge in this next wave. A band now signed on goth mainstay label Cleopatra. Sonsombre brings back that electric tempo and graveyard theme with flickering guitar riffs that flow like a fencers duel. You can feel that early outlaw goth Fields of the Nephilim on their 4 amazing albums. With no sign of slowing down. If you are ready to jump into that next wave, this is a great place to start.

Brandon Pryus

https://sonsombre.bandcamp.com/

The Kentucky Vampires: Hailing from shockingly, Kentucky, here is another band that brings old school sinister pipe organ and fire bright guitar riffs. From Secret Sin records the tone and emotion of their 5 records is everything true fans of 80’s death rock long for. Abbas has a haunting voice full of chorus and foreboding. Brandon of Sonsombre does mastering for them and helps add a sense of continuity to this new goth sound.

https://thekentuckyvampires.bandcamp.com/album/crimson-curse

Scary Black: Another amazing new goth act from Louisville KY. What the hell is in the water out there. This is a one person band that has such electric energy and frightening tone. Singer Albie has one of those deep baritone voices that comes from the bottom of a well and fills you up with emotion. 3 albums and the napalm fire single Starlight Dancer.

https://scaryblack.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-afraid-of-the-dark

Twin Tribes: These lovely lads from Texas have taken the world by storm. Dreamy private ritual sounds that bring the beauty and heartbeat of The Cure back into the mainstream. Tender poetry and swirling texture smoldering in a cauldron on a moonlit night. Already with two breakout albums and additional singles they are setting the standard for the softer side of gothic rock.

https://twintribes.bandcamp.com/album/ceremony

Black Angel: London UK artist Black Angel is putting the bat cave rock back into death rock. I feel so much of The Mission and later Sisters dancy flow to gothic rock. Their music reminds me so much of the goth club scene, swinging arms, leather and lace. Gothic music has always been tied to expression with the body, that is something Matt Vowel’s has grasp and fused into the future.

https://blackangelmusic.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-of-death

IAMTHESHADOW: When I think of goth, I think of passion and vocals that capture a room. Lisbon Portugal’s IAMTHESHADOW does that in spades. Pedro Code has the best baritone in modern goth. It’s sexy, crooning, dangerous music that sounds like a full bodied red first touching your lips. It’s music to give yourself over and get lost in. Like the first time you heard Peter Murphy and thought this is the sound that encapsulates the image i want to see in the mirror. Now on Cold Transmission Music.

https://iamtheshadow.bandcamp.com/album/pitchblack-2

Cliff and Ivy: Alaska’s favorite goth couple Cliff and Ivy have brought back the isolated howling wolf tooth and nail of goth. The punk blend of The Damned and Alien Sex Fiend. It’s raw, fierce, and unapologetic. Ivy takes the back of your head with her beautiful prose, then smashes your nose with a headbutt of power. Cliffs thick guitar riffs are a growling beast let off the chain. Iron Gauntlet in a velvet glove.

https://cliffandivy.bandcamp.com/album/the-best-of-cliff-and-ivy

Crying Vessel: Slade and Basil also bringing that softer dark edge to gothic rock. Horror author Slade is integrating imagery of the macabre an sinister with a glam razamtaz feel. Gorgeous layered production and flange rich echo’s that simmer with Bowie and Love and Rockets. That special darkness you find on the edge of a rainbow after a storm. Available on Cleopatra Records.

https://cryingvessel.bandcamp.com/album/pleasures-for-the-wicked

Mary: My newest goth obsession from Toronto. It is fast paced, spicy, with an old school New York feel. Strong sweeping vocals with a lot of depth and meaning. It also has a complete album feel with the sweeping tempo and dynamic shifts. Take me through the full range of emotions in one record. Another Cold Transmission signing. I expect big things in the future from him.

https://maryofficial.bandcamp.com/album/die-before-death

Death Loves Veronica: This lovely lady from Texas brings that same Souxie dripping soul and witchcraft elegance to modern goth. It’s smoky and pours straight from the vein into your ears. Really nice use of guitar to add weight in the right moments. Goth needs to echo through the listener on a personal level. You need to feel what they feel and that is what Veronica captures so elegantly.

https://deathlovesveronica.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-silence

Sounds Like Winter: All the way from Australia Art Banister’s popping sharp edge retro feel goth rock has a lot of that true early Joy Division/Warsaw vibe in the drum and tempo. The vocals are forceful and ringing in a hopeless monotone. All that fuzz and emptiness given flesh.

https://sounds-like-winter.bandcamp.com/album/no-interest-single

Adoration Destroyed: Also from Texas this band is leather pants sexy in musical form. Masters of blending modern pop and old school shadow shock. It’s animalistic and winding with crackling electric dance destruction. Erik has a voice that calls to you come hither and has a 10/10 on the shake that ass factor.

https://adorationdestroyed.bandcamp.com/

Orcus Nullify: The doom and shattering gothic rock sound and poetry unafraid to lean into the cheese and imagery of early goth. Thunderous bass driven rock about bog witches and grave dirt. I love the courage and delivery of this South Carolina sensation

Witchhands: Colorado doom metal with raw open wound sounds full of decay and ritual. That place where early goth rock stayed into metal and pain. Spewing forth a filth and blood soaked pageantry with blistering guitars mashed with organs and echos.

Redwing Blackbird: Another Colorado band with blistering speed and The Damned edge punk feel mixed with true goth sensibility. This album picked me up when i am feeling low…and then sends me low again. Great production and electric tempo.

https://redwingblackbird1.bandcamp.com/album/too-klaus-for-comfort

Amaranth: Ken, do you have the strength of character to not engage in shameless self promotion and include yourself with this wave of goth bands? Fuck No! I feel good about the music we have made coming back. It veers from old school to proggoth/ to industrial but fuck it, it’s good. Give it a listen 🙂

https://theamaranth.bandcamp.com/album/spreading-the-charred-remains-of-hope

I also wanted to call out a few bands that rose from the grave to join the modern scene but have been making music all along 🙂

Caroline Blind: The stunning voice from Sunshine Blind has returned to cut an amazing solo album. Bringing in a who’s who from third wave goth to accompany her on this soulful and rich goth endeavor with a more organic feel. Her voice grabs hold of the heart strings and rides your into the ground. Breathtaking music contributions from Rich W. (The Wake), David Wolfenden (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry), Dave (The Dramedy), Ashe Ruppe (Delphine Coma), George Earth (Switchblade Symphony), Gordon Young (Pretentious Moi, Dream Disciples, Children on Stun), CWHK (Sunshine Blind), William Faith (Bellwether Syndicate, Faith and the Muse) and Geoff Bruce (Sunshine Blind, Faith and the Muse). Everyone who shows up hear really shows the impact of this artist on the scene and how much power this newest release packs.

https://carolineblind.bandcamp.com/album/the-spell-between

The Wake: Speaking of The Wake, they have just unleashed a new album in 2020 and it is game changing outstanding. This record is going to get it’s own review but to not mention the power of this release would be an oversight. Such a sky opening laser of guitar beams interlaced with velvet smooth vocals and a canopy of bass to hold it inside. My breath is taken.

The Cassandra Complex: Rodney Orpheus of London’s Cassandra Complex has been keeping the goth sound alive for years. A tantalizing and sinister painting of sound with the history of human experience brought shining and new with each release. Recently on bandcamp he put out some remasters of those lovely goth anthems back into the light. A true crooner of the poetic experience of early goth music who actually toured with the early progenitors.

https://thecassandracomplex.bandcamp.com/album/wetware-2019-remaster

I didn’t come close to hitting everything, and with facebook now stopping videos, lists like this on our page might be the best bet for a full playlist of new music. So If I missed something you feel meets the requirement of guitar based goth made in the last 4 years. Please add in the comments and I will try and get it included. Much love, Precious Ken.

It’s Bandcamp Day and times are dark. So I am looking for ass shaking darkness.

Today is the day when Bandcamp (The one music streaming and distribution company that seems to care an iota for musician’s) waives it’s fees and gives everything spent, to those making the music. It’s been a tough few months in particular and I am in the middle of Sotember (The month each year where I recharge and drink nothing stronger than Earl Grey tea)

Death Loves Veronica : In The Silence

Newest single from Texas darkwave sultry star Veronica Campbell. This song has a brighter more open tone than previous offerings. It really highlights the elegant purity of her voice. Also included is a beautiful synth rich remix of “In The Silence”. A cascading waterfall of cool crystal sound.

https://deathlovesveronica.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-silence

Danny BluThe Pale Horse

I have been waiting for someone to put raw emotion and sass back into the darkpop genre. This album crackles with mid tempo dance beats to fill the back walls of the club. The lyrics are an inward journey with an 80’s Madonna soul. Beautiful modern layered vocals to create movement and build. It’s one of those sounds that flows through your earbuds and into your nervous system and flexes attitude through your body. I feel like other people can hear these songs through my movements when I listen.

Fav Tracks: Paradise City/White Knight

https://dannyblu.bandcamp.com/album/the-pale-horse

Wingtips: Tears of Pearl

Chicago retro-synth dreamboats Wingtips have done this fitting tribute to criminally underrated 90’s Aussie pop band Savage Garden. I love the interlocking vocal duet here. The frosting sweet swirl of keyboards and chimes on this song make my heart dance with delight.

https://wingtips.bandcamp.com/track/tears-of-pearls-2

DJ Version 666Dance of the Profane

Firebrand driving doom dance with a nice sprinkle of Industrial guitar and finger firework keyboard work. I really like the effective chanting vocals which hit right on the needle of what I want from a club jam. Extra bonus remix layers on some teeth and glitch for a aggro feel. Stomp your feet and scream obscenity.

https://djversion666.bandcamp.com/album/dance-of-the-profane-single-and-remix

KlackProbably

Listen to Klack or I will attack, and you don’t want that. A fresh new feel here from Matt and Eric. I really have enjoyed every evolution of this project. This has a Construction Time Again DM flavor. It has clever carefully placed samples. The beats have a real shake that ass groove. The keyboard melody lines are beautiful retro hooks. I really fell hard for these breathy cleanly delivered vocals. It’s something I hadn’t heard from them before and immediately wanted more of. The lyrics really became a strong suit here. This is an album plucked out of the timestream and dropped hard in 2020.

https://klack.bandcamp.com/album/probably

Broken Nails: Control the Delusion

Kim Bell and company have released this lovely shadowpop with misty daybreak darkness. It has a dreamlike quality, with a Til Tuesday retro flow. I really like the front edge of Kim’s delivery on the vocals. This really gets me excited for the future direction of the project. Now on Swiss Dark Nights

https://swissdarknights.bandcamp.com/album/control-the-delusion

GoFight: Freestate

I will always buy every GoFight release. I will never regret my decision. Jim Marcus understands the blending of body gyrating dance music in the way an Indian executive chef understands the blending of spice. The layering of elements allows you to get lost in what kind of a song you are listening to. His voice is that perfect growling beauty snapping at your heart with desire and terror. Another single, another home run.

https://gofight.bandcamp.com/album/freestate

Mary: Die Before Death

I think this band from Toronto now on Cold Transmission takes the award of the day for something I had no idea I needed and now can’t live without. The scope of tempos here run from blistering car chase to lullaby shouting fuck. Gorgeous dreamy vocals that would make Robert Smith raise an eyebrow. I’m not sure where this was hiding but it just took my 2020 by storm.

https://maryofficial.bandcamp.com/album/die-before-death