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Velvet Acid Christ
Between The Eyes Vol. 2
Metropolis Records

The blurb says it all, really, "Very Goth oriented. Now you can see the Cure, Legendary Pink Dots influences a lot more clearly." Well hot damn, you can!

The 15 year old uber-goth in me that's still in love with Robert Smith is in absolute AWE of Velvet Acid Christ's new CD, Between the Eyes, Vol #2. Brian Erickson has captured some of the heavy, ethereal sounds in the more less-than-pop-y Cure CDs and wound them around new, innovative beats and lyrics, and I THANK HIM for that. It's as if I discovered Pornography by The Cure all over again… I apologize for being so uninformed, I don't know enough about the Legendary Pink Dots to see the obvious connection. However, if it's anything like VAC, I'm going to go buy everything.

Rivet-heads don't fret, you won't have to expect to hear an hour and a half of droning on and on, but just don't expect to be breaking a sweat on every track. VAC has of course put in a very good mix of Goth and EBM/Industrial into this work, even if it does rely on the slower, heavier tunes.

If you're a fan of the more danceable tracks from VAC, such as "Collapse" or "Dial 8," never fear, you won't be left out of the cold. Starting early in the CD, track # 6, "Mental Depression," will keep you awake and moving.

The 10 years + Brian Erickson has been working on the VAC project has been a wonderfully artistic journey that I'm proud to have been able to keep an eye on, (from afar, not stalker-y like, you non-believers!) and I hope that he continues it until I'm 90 years old and he can't remember what the hell he's doing anymore.

Take a chance and check it out, I think you won't be disappointed. If you are, then… uh… get over it… HA


Track Listing:

1. Hell 1
2. Hell 2
3. Dark Lights
4. Pain
5. Falling Snow
6. Mental Depression
7. Rain For 27 Days
8. Killing Me
9. We Have To See, We Have To Know
10. Serial Killer 101
11. Decent To Darkness
12. Hail To The Dead Souls
13. I'm Gonna Wrap Myself In Your Intestines

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