Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Top 15 Goth/Industrial Albums of 2013
The state of the goth scene is evident here in this year's Top 15 Goth/Industrial Albums of 2013 list. Last Fm helped me sort these according to which albums demanded the most repeat listens.
15- the New Flesh- Reality
This Bay area band emphasized the punk in post-punk but still keep things dark enough to earn their place here.
14- Psyclon Nine- Order of the Shadow
The 5th and final album by this band makes you sad to see them go.
13-the Haunted Horses- Watcher
This Seattle trio churned out a dark swathe of post- industrial noise rock.
12- Author& Punisher -Women & Children
Man meets machine but this time with more ambiance and melody. The post-apocalyptic landscape is still just as bleak.
11-Psychic Teens -Come
Dark and angular like Jesus Lizard jamming with Joy Division, this album has a rock propulsion that keeps it moving.
10-Night Sins- To London or the Lake
This album find the Philly band moving from post-punk into a darker cold wave sound.
9- INVSN- S/T
Former front man of the Refused crafts some pretty convincing songs that are heavily shadowed by 80's bands like Crowded House and the Cure's more radio friendly moments.
8- Zola Jesus -Versions
Zola collaborates with Foetus to re-imagine her songs in a more organic manner.
7- Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks
Trent steps away from the distorted guitars of industrial into a more EDM direction, that still holds up due to his songwriting chops.
The Swedish post-punks show a lot of maturity in their songwriting on their sophomore lp. The choruses carry more refined hooks and attention to detail.
5-Ministry- From Beet to Eternity
Uncle Al still has a taste for mean metal riffs but the song are not weighed down by this as they have in some of the other post- Dark Side of the Spoon albums.
4-Savages- Silence Yourself
There are many other bands out there trying to imitate Siouxsie, but these gals take the influence and meld into into their own punchy sound.
3- Skinny Puppy - Weapon
More synth driven with with EDM friendly beats, this album is more dark wave than industrial but still demands repeat listens.
They took the whole post-punk resurgence and made it more balanced from every end of the sonic spectrum. I hear as much Echo and the Bunny Men in this as I do the Misfits. Some of the years best song writing with hook that sink their steely talons into your skull.
1-Chelsea Wolfe- Pain is Beauty
Wolfe goes even darker on this painfully beautiful album. She knows how she wants her voice to haunt the songs, then wails like a desperate siren detoxing off dope. The songs have more twists and turns and take from being doom-folk into a more goth direction.