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Gothic Rock, Vol. 3: Back on Black

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Focusing on the '80s, Cleopatra continues to document the history of gothic rock with this two-CD set. Progressing through the discs, the tracks get basically more obscure. Starting off is the pop-goth of the Cult ("Spirit Walker," similar to the Skeleton Family track), then on to the odd, desert goth of Theatre of Hate's "Do You Believe in the Westworld." Fields of Nephilim adds riff-rock goth (&"Blue Water"). With sound ready to open for Psychedelic Furs or Modern English is March Violets. Truly unique is the bouncy, glam goth of Danielle Dax' "Yummer Yummer Man." The obligatory track of '80's goth kings, Bauhaus, is "Passion of Lovers." Other big names in the genre found here include Christian Death, New Model Army, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel and Alien Sex Fiend. Lesser known is a catchy cut from Sexbeat, "Sweat." Not that it is often that I see a goth move enough to sweat, but a good place to start is goth dance-rock from a Specimen 12-inch mix. Fun to sing along to, and rife with '80s era goth guitar, is "The Tenant" from Play Dead. Siouxsie Sioux, without any range, is the Anje Huwe, defining vocalist for X-Mal Deutschland. Promoting overt depression is Danse Society. Obscure and ruggedly recorded gems from Creaming Jesus, Bone Orchard, Turkey Bones, Ritual, In Excelsis, 1919, Into a Circle, Rosetta Stone, Salvation, Screaming Dead, Zero le Creche, Rubella Ballet, The Dark, Cuddly Toys and Actifed round out the collection on Disc Two.

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