Today a time machine arrived at my home and took me back to the early years of post-punk and death-rock. It's like being stuck between a dark, foggy night-disco and a graveyard. So please grab your old leather-coat, listen to this incredible collection and remember what kind of music we all missed because we were born in the eighties.
Favorite track: A Skeleton at the Feast.
Chase E Stewart
Who would have thought deathrock could be this fun! I'm taking this comp to mean that deathrock is a wiry, minor-key offshoot of punk with nervous lyrics and infectious energy. RIYL SB's roster artist Institute.
Favorite track: A Skeleton at the Feast.
After the initial blast of punk rock bands made their impression on the youth of the late 1970s, subgenres quickly emerged. Some preferred the faster, louder aggression of hardcore, others the angular danceability of post-punk, some the raw and more personal home-made sound of DIY, and so on. Looking back among and between these genres we now recognize various blends of punk, post-punk, goth rock, industrial, and DIY as “deathrock." In 2014, Sacred Bones Records launched the series Killed By Deathrock to document an entire scene of bands that haven't yet received proper recognition. You hold now in your hands the second volume.
The thread that holds these groups together as deathrock bands comes down to their willingness and sometimes compulsion to reveal and explore the darker side of their psyches. Night-soaked dirges of fatality, despair, and horror were rampant, rooted in that sublimity that is found on the edge of the horror genre, as famously developed by Edgar Allan Poe — an edge that relished in misery and openly recognized the inevitable end of any human life.
Killed by Deathrock Vol. 2 opens with Gatecrashers' maniacal, keyboard-driven anthem "Spectator," the first track from the Denmark group's 1980 7" EP Desillusioned. Middle Class began by releasing what many consider to be the first-ever hardcore punk record: their 1978 debut EP Out of Vogue. Bassist Mike Patton would produce seminal California punk bands like Adolescents and Minutemen, among others. By 1984, Middle Class had evolved from their fast-blast origins to a darker, more plodding style, represented here by their track "A Skeleton At The Feast," from the 1982 LP Homeland. ADS, a group from the same Denmark scene as Gatecrashers, offers up the searing "Waiting for the War," from their scarce 1982 split 7" with City-X, which takes the socially conscious yet satirical bite of punk rock one nihilistic step further. A swirling nightmare of reverb-drenched guitars begins UK darkwave act Veda's snarling "Whiplash," featuring Sex Gang Children member Cam Campbell. The 1987 single it comes from was Veda's one and only release. Fellow British band Skeletal Family began a prolific career in 1983. Their track "Promised Land" is a perfect showcase for guitarist Stan Greenwood's jagged style, as well as Ann Marie Hurst's powerful vocal ability.
UK goth rock band Flowers for Agatha's somber "The Freedom Curse" was more than worthy of radio airplay, which sadly went unachieved. The song appeared on the band's 1985 EP of the same name. "Dark Spirits" is a standout cut from Los Angeles deathrockers Red Temple Spirits, released by the legendary Midwestern label Fundamental. Independent Project Records later released a comprehensive anthology of the group's material in 2013. The driving post-punk obscurity that is "What's Wrong Yvette," by the nearly unknown Denver band Crank Call Love Affair, comes from their only record, a self-released 7" single of the same name. Belgium's Red Zebra – now known as EX-RZ – contributes their raw, infectious brand of new wave in the form of the title track from their 1980 debut 7" EP "I Can't Live In A Living Room." Fellow Belgians Vita Noctis round out the compilation with their dreamy, recorded-to-cassette ballad "Hade," from their 1984 self-released tape In The Face Of … Death.
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It is a remarkable stage from the 90's, but come full force into the modern era ,reminiscent of parties and home treachery adding to the indulgence of party favors. Moderate use and fantastic dance raves! cliffy9
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This entire album is filled with one hit after another. If any of them were featured in an 80’s Carpenter be they’d easily be an iconic. It’s hard to pick a favorite track, but I’ll say White Pulse as it reminds me of all the things I love about Carpenter’s main themes for The Fog and Halloween. Angel’s Asylum and Distant Dream are close second, but there isn’t a dull moment in this album. Keep killing it, John Carpenter! lasthavoc
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This is a totally mesmerizing album. It;s really special, and feels like a beautiful melancholic painting (if that makes any sense). Amongst singer-songwriters, very few have such a distinctive style of there own. richardschouten