BEASTMILK – CLIMAX

beastmilkBEASTMILK – ‘Climax’
Beastmilk’s new album Climax has the angst of Glenn Danzig and The Misfits, while also granting enough sincerity to melt the heart of Robert Smith and The Cure.  Immediately it hits the ground running with opener ‘Death Reflects Us,’ a horror-pop tune which summons Morrissey’s ‘Irish Blood, English Heart.’  The vocals beckon like a possessed Jim Morrison doing a duet with Ray Davies of The Kinks, on ‘The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls’.  This 80’s rock revival drives manically like a Cars b-side.  ‘Genocidal Crush’ sways like The Cure’s ‘A Tree’ and emits a gruesome chorus that’s devilishly tempting to sing along to. ‘You Are Now Under Our Control’ further resurrects Jim Morrison as The Lizard King, while ‘Ghosts Out of Focus’ echoes lost recordings from a Hatful of Hallow.  ‘Fear Your Mind’ is instantly the most memeorable – a prolific Misfits in their prime, loaded with various gun and killing references; Beastmilk reminds its listeners how lively it feels to be morbid.  Deep into the second half, it’s difficult to remember what decade Climax was produced in. The philharmonic pulses of Modern English, Depeche Mode and Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark infiltrate and dissolve any apparent aspects of contemporary rock.  ‘Surf The Apocalypse’ continues to incorporate a heavy 80’s alternative vibe, while balancing perfectly on crushing guitar waves and rockabilly drum beats.  Ending in cinematic fashion, ‘Strange Attractors’ reverberates like the final track to an indie film.  Listeners can imagine if they will, as Ryan Gosling drives off into the sunset having beaten someone black and blue, confining all emotional ties to the past.  Although probably not the pinnacle they envisioned, the tune would slaughter on a movie soundtrack.  Beastmilk have reached a fortifying climax with ease, generating music of death, doom and despair that won’t leave listeners feeling six feet under.  (9)
NICK DeLIBERO

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