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Special Halloween and/or Devil’s Night edition, as nearly all of the band names and titles will attest. Which is to say, a ready-made soundtrack for toilet-papering Bush-Cheney signs on swing-state suburban lawns, and for hoping November 2 winds up less scary than October 31. (Of particular note: I.C.E., a/k/a Imperial Crystalline Entombment, who have a guy named IceSickKill plus ditties called “Astral Frost Invocation,” “Hypothermic Possession,” “Glacial Lyckanthropic Horde,” “Convulsing Frigid Death,” and “Behold Thy Frozen Arctic Kingdom.” Sadly, they do not also cover Yoko Ono’s “Don’t Worry Kyoko [Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow].”)


AFTER FOREVER

Exordium

(Transmission mall-goth power-ballad metal EP plus DVD)

afterforever.com

“Beautifull Emptiness” (MP3 clip)

“Eccentric” (MP3 clip)

“Two Sides” (MP3 clip)

BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL

“Tarnished”/”Remnants of a Deeper Purity”/ “Damn Swan!”

(Projekt ambient goth EP)

blacktapeforabluegirl.com

“Tarnished” (MP3 clip)

“Remnants of a Deeper Purity” (MP3)

“Damn Swan!” (MP3)

GORE GORE GIRLS

7×4

(Get Hip garage-rock EP)

goregoregirls.com

“Casino” (MP3)

“All Grown Up” (MP3)

“Loaded Heart” (MP3)

HAUNTED PUSSY

Haunted Pussy

(haunted-pussy@yahoo.com three-inch beatnik-performance-art quasi-goth-metal demo CDR EP)

I.C.E.

Apocalyptic End in White

(Crash Music black-metal concept album about freezing to death)

imperialice.com

“Hypothermic Possession” (MP3 clip)

ICED EARTH

The Blessed and the Damned

(Century Media ’90s–’00s power-metal reissue)

icedearth.com

KATATONIA

Brave Yester Days

(Century Media ’90s Neanderthal-black-metal-evolving-toward-Cro-Magnon-sorrow-metal reissue)

katatonia.com

LAMIA

Dark Angel

(Metropolis demi-classical ambient goth album)

lamia.com.ar

“Dark Angel” (MP3)

“Dunkel Leben” (MP3)

MOONSPELL

The Antidote

(Century Media goth-metal album)

moonspell.com

NIGHTWISH

Once

(Roadrunner mall-goth power-ballad metal album)

nightwish.com/english

“Nemo” (MP3)

“Planet Hell” (MP3)

“Dark Chest of Wonders” (MP3)

ROCK CITY MORGUE

These Are Dark Days

(Antidote goth-rockabilly trash-metal EP)

rockcitymorgue.com

“Disconnected” (MP3)

“Trouble” (MP3)

“People Are Wrong” (MP3)

TARANTULA HAWK

Tarantula Hawk

(Life Is Abuse 2000 “psychedelic death prog” reissue)

tarantulahawk.org

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