NIKOLAS SCHRECK: The Illusionist: CD

Dark “rock” steeped in the same expansive influences that fueled the edgier wings of ’80s goth/deathrock, courtesy of author/musician (and Anton LaVey son-in-law) Nikolas Schreck. Quieter, measured hints of Horse Rotorvator -era Coil, Foetus, Christian Death, and the like echo through assorted songs mining synth rock, cabaret, jazz and, yes, goth—not derivative so much as drawing from the same ponds. Not something one comes across as often in the underground anymore, so it’s a refreshing reminder of when pigeonholes weren’t something by which one lived or died. –Jimmy Alvarado (Records Ad Nauseum)