The latest in the Projekt label's Beneath the Icy Floe samplers, The New Face of Goth isn't entirely new, but in keeping with the goal of the label's outreach to various non-musical channels where possible it's a good introduction nonetheless. The emphasis is mostly on recent releases and kicking things off with a radio edit of "Stained" by Android Lust, the strikingly talented one-woman industrial band who made a debut bow on the label in 2003, was a wise choice. From there the compilation wends its way through well-chosen representations and a couple of rarities for the faithful as well. These include nearly decade-old tracks from Love Spirals Downwards, and Lycia is a bit of a headscratcher, but the respective songs are fine choices -- "Stir About the Stars" and a radio edit of the dramatic "Pray." Among the lesser-known numbers include Mira's "Divine," originally a compilation-only track that showcases the group's post-shoegaze sound nicely, and a new song from industrial/electronic music stalwarts Attrition, "Two Gods...Are Better Than One," a fair if not striking contribution. The hilariously brilliant Voltaire, easily one of the most individual talents in goth circles over the years, appears twice: besides a reappearance of "BRAINS!," his soundtrack for a cartoon about a cerebellum-devouring alien, there's a new song, "Goodnight, Demon Slayer." Once again it shows that there are few who can balance wit, passion, and stepping beyond stereotypical musical styles than he, and it's a grand way to sign off on this compilation.
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