Mental Insect

Skull Tracks

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In the early 1990s, Chicago boasted a healthy alternative music scene that was full of alternative rockers, industrial noisemakers and gothic gloom bands. One of the gloomiest gothic acts from that scene was Mental Insect, whose Skull Tracks is as morbid lyrically as it is musically. Even if you spoke no English and didn't understand the lyrics of "Wall of Tears," "Post Industrial Sex" and "Starting From Zero," it would be clear that they were very depressing songs -- as well as musically solid ones. The EP was far from a big commercial hit, although it did enjoy a bit of exposure in underground Chicago clubs. Skull Tracks could prove difficult to find, but goth enthusiasts would do well to grab a copy if they happen to come across one.