Twinmachine – Tomorrow That Never Was

Artist: Twinmachine
Album: Tomorrow That Never Was
Release: 5th April 2013
Genre: Post-punk, goth

This is the debut album by Russian post-punks Twinmachine, but you’d think by the sounds of it that they’ve been going since the 80s!
Sounding like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry with Ian Astbury on vocals, this is goth at its most relentless and upbeat. Tracks like “Paranoia” and “Colder Than Hell” promise to be goth club anthems, but the shining gem is the slower “Nostalgia Dreams”, which would not be out of place in any hairspray-laden 80s film.

This album is a mere half-hour long, but there really isn’t a weak track on it. Even if they never put out another note, Twinmachine can be proud of having made an utterly superb album. They deserve to be huge.

Twinmachine’s album “Tomorrow That Never Was” is out now on afmusic, and can be listened to and purchased on their Bandcamp.

Rating: 9/10
Recommended Tracks: “Nostalgia Dreams”, “Paranoia”, pretty much the entire thing.
Reviewer: DJ Catnip (originally published in Vanitas #002)

The Rose Of Avalanche – Always There

Artist: The Rose of Avalanche
Album: Always There
Release: 1986
Genre: Goth, psychedelic, rock

The Rose Of Avalanche deserved to be big. They existed in some eerie zone of psychedelic hard rock with slow-burning goth beats, but to call them just “a goth band” would be to do them a major disservice. Their sound owes more to the Yardbirds than the Mission.

One of the many factors that got in their way was labels completely mismanaging the band, releasing compilations and unfinished material without any input from the group themselves.
This compilation is one of those such records, containing various tracks from the preceding few singles. Disregarding these circumstances, however, “Always There” has barely been off my turntable since I got it.

Three a-sides in particular stand out as gothic highlights: “Always There”, “Velveteen” and their debut “L.A. Rain”, beloved of John Peel.
But delve deeper and you’ll find fuzzbox-fuelled rock-and-roll rhythms, including their own take on The Doors’ “Waiting For The Sun”, and the “L.A. Rain” b-side “Rise To The Groove”, in which as Phil Morris spits out rhetoric about how “Little Richard’s crawlin’, knockin’ at the door!” over a serpentine guitar part.

In short: This is an excellent set of tracks from the start of The Rose Of Avalanche’s career, and if you’re into your glam-tinged dark rock, you should definitely check them out.

Rating: 9/10
Recommended Tracks: Always There, L.A. Rain, Too Many Castles In The Sky
Reviewer: DJ Catnip (original review published in Vanitas #001)