For those concerned about goth rock's over-exaggerated early demise in the late '90s, the emergence of such torch carrying bands as Deep Red will offer some reassurance that the genre is alive and well. Formed in Miami, FL, in 1996 by members DC Astro and Martha M. Arce, the duo was quickly signed to the record label Candyland Entertainment (run by members of German industrialists Project Pitchfork), and participated in several compilations, including The Goth Box and a tribute to one of their main influences, Siouxsie & the Banshees, on the disc Through a Looking Glass, among others. 1996 also saw the release of Deep Red's debut release, The Awakening, as they opened for friends Project Pitchfork in Europe the following year (adding member Mario Soto to the lineup). In 2000, Deep Red issued their sophomore effort, Darkwaters, and additionally, the members began producing other acts (Open Canvas), while Arce launched a solo project, Distorted Reality. Deep Red's third effort, titled Chimera, is scheduled to be released in late 2001.
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