BELLICOSE MINDS: The Creature: LP

This LP came out two years ago, but I guess it’s just turning up here. Portland is dark and rainy. I guess that rainy darkness somehow created some of the best dark hardcore and punk of the past few decades: Tragedy, Wipers, Dead Moon, and Bellicose Minds. Other Portland natives Sceptres and Estranged took the goth elements of Joy Division et al. and wove it into driving punk. Bellicose Minds have dug deeper into the goth sounds of Southern Death Cult and The Mission and have made a true goth record. There is a driving punk feel, but they have delved deep into punk/goth bands like Lack Of Knowledge/A Touch Of Hysteria. It’s dark as fuck and good as fuck. –Tim Brooks (Black Water)