HORROR VACUI: Return of the Empire: LP

This is not my genre of expertise. Echo-soaked goth rock, with a just a hint of punk bite. I think death rock is the preferred nomenclature? Anyway, the music doesn’t inspire me, personally, but let’s just pretend for a moment that this record could be something I would consider listening to for pleasure. I can’t get past that a few of the songs sound very similar on first brush. Not that it sounded bad, but it did sort of blur together in a dreamy-via-’80s-guitar sort of fever dream. But I’ll be damned if every track or so they did a well-done song part. A good chorus, a smart breakdown, a sudden shift to a new territory. The building is functional, but the materials are interesting. If I were a teenage goth kid, I would probably rock out to this. –Bryan Static (Black Water, blackwaterpdx.com)