Various Artists

Revolver Presents: The Dark Side

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Why is it that whenever there is some "dark side" or "spooky" or goth collection there has to be an image of the cross on it somewhere? It proves a misunderstanding on the part of the designers, for sure. Placing an empty cross on something like this sends the wrong message: the empty cross is a sign of hope to Christians (the very people who musicians included here are trying to piss off -- most of them anyway), although some could give a rat's ass. Anyway, there seems to be little rhyme or reason to this collection. Yeah, some dark rock bands are here, but so are the Misfits, the most cartoony band since Kiss. Lacuna Coil are here, but so are Ministry and Marilyn Manson -- covering Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," no less. To make matters more confounding is that Dimmu Borgir are on this baby, as are H.I.M. and Atreyu! Revolver magazine is at least partially responsible for this, which must certainly be considered a fiasco given that many people who are into any two or three of these artists hate the rest on turf or "authenticity" grounds.

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