Saturday, August 31, 2013

Some food for thought: Blurred Lines

With all the hoo-ha made over Miley Cyrus' controversial performance at last week's MTV VMA show, it made me wonder why Robin Thicke wasn't receiving the same amount of heat from the public and media as Miley was, especially for the lyrics to "Blurred Lines".  Apparently the author of this article on Robin Thicke totally missed the boat. In fact I don't think she paid much attention to the lyrics of the song itself. The entire song just comes off creep and leacherous. Sorry but I do not find "Blurred Lines" sexy or cute:

"Okay, now he was close. Tried to domesticate you but you're an animal. Baby, it's in your nature. Just let me liberate you. You don't need no paper".

That's just the tip of the iceberg. What I really dislike about the song is when Robin starts singing "I know you want it" repeatedly. What does that really say? I get the message that despite saying "no", women really means "yes" when it comes to sex.  Of course referring a woman as a bitch in the song really doesn't score points with me.

"You the hottest bitch in this place. I feel so lucky, you wanna hug me. What rhymes with hug me".

The song just keeps going downhill from there with T.I lines. I just want to vomit all over my laptop. As I read the lyrics to the song over and over, I find myself needing a serious shower. The leacherous lyrics really makes me feel dirty and gross inside and out.

I think it is really telling about how desperate Robin Thicke is to make it big in music is when he is reduced to singing a song that gives a bad message about women and implies that when a woman says "no" she really means "yes". Wow. What a great message to send to your son Robin. What is more depressing in my eyes is the idiots who aren't paying attention to the lyrics or not seeing the message that I see because they are too busy castigating Miley Cyrus. Sometimes I really wish I did not live on this planet with all the idiots who live and breath on it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Some food for thought: Why I keep buying CDs

Tonight I came across the latest All Songs Considered  article on NPR's website in which the article poses the question Why Would Anyone Keep Buying CDs?  I thought this would be a fun topic to discuss on my blog tonight.

For me personally I prefer buying CDs over mp3s. If I had the money, I'd buy a record player and invest in viny instead but reality is that I don't have the $$$ to buy a quality stereo system, let alone room for one so for me it is CDs. I'll occasionally download mp3s. I think it is near to impossible to deny digital technology's role with music. Can't put back what came out of Pandora's box, in this case it is digital music. I will download the occasional mp3 here and there. When I pre-ordered the new Mr.Kitty album Life via bandcamp  I automatically received a free download of the album to listen to while I waited for the physical copy of the album. I like to say on record I like the option of giving music consumer a free download version of the album he or she ordered online from the artist's bandcamp page or website. After all there are people who dig the convenience of mp3s. Just something to consider.

As a music consumer, I love frequenting my local record stores. There are something about going to The Electric Fetus or Cheapo Discs that makes my heart skip a beat. Downloading music cannot replicate the joy I receive from perusing the CD racks at the Fetus or the clacking sounds of plastic when I flip through the used CD bins. I can spend hours at Cheapo Discs flipping through their used CD bins. That is one reason why I keep buying CDs.

Secondly, I often like to buy directly from the artists themselves whether at shows or pre-orders online (like the new albums from  Helalyn Flowers and Ayria). When I buy directly from the artists, I feel really good about myself because I am directly supporting the artist. When I do pre-orders from the artists themselves, I like to spend extra on the goodies they would include with the album like the three CD version of Ayria's Plastic Makes Perfect and White Me In/Black Me Out by Helalyn Flowers. Both were personalized/autographed by the artists themselves and included some free goodies like a guitar pick and poster cards. You just don't get that with mp3s. What it boils down to really is the physicality of owning music. For the younger generation, call me weird but that is just how I roll. lol

Finally, I still buy CDs because I just prefer the general sound of them over the compressed sounds of mp3s. That is just my personal preference.

I am not going to knock Mp3s. I do like the convenience of downloading music (LEGALLY). As someone who grew up with 8-tracks/vinyl/cassettes/CDs in her generation, I'm just accustomed and have grown to love owning physical copies of albums by my favorite artists. I do though strongly believe that if you are going to download music, do it legally. That is someone's art that they spent good money on creating and they deserve to be compensated for it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My top 10 current favorite songs

Lately I have been listening to a playlist I made on youtube at work. The songs I have on it is a mix bag of synthpop, country, classical, and pop music. Here are my ten favorite songs that I love listening to on my playlist.

10. Nordika - Contradiccion

09. Erotic Elk - Rest in Pieces

08. Delta Rae - Dance in the Graveyard

07. Opera Babes - Ode to Joy

06. Vanguard -In Your Arms

05. Soil and Eclipse - Time Forms

04. From Up On Poppy Hill theme song Kokurikozaka kara

03. Noyce - This World

02. Future Trail - Patience

01. Carla Maffioleti - Gesu Bambino

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top 10 sexiest female artists

With my last blog entry (which I recently revised) on Miley Cyrus and sexuality in music, I thought I would continue on with the topic with my top 10 sexiest female artists in music. For me the term "sexy" isn't just about physical beauty but how the women project themselves as artists as well as through their songs and music videos. Like I said in my previous blog, I felt that Miley's performance was forced and that she was trying too hard to show the world that she was no longer a child star (which unfortunately can have bad connotations but not all mind you). I think Miley could learn a lot from these women especially if she wants to challenge society's standards on female sexuality. Without further ado, here is my list of my top 10 sexiest female artists.

10. Grace Jones

09. Wendy O. Williams

08. Joan Jett

07. Otep Shamaya

06. Madonna

05. Cyndi Lauper

04. Shirley Manson

03. Cherrie Currie

02. Toni Halliday

01. Siouxsie

Monday, August 26, 2013

Some food for thought: Miley Cyrus and women in music

I should have noted that this blog entry has been revised last night, wasn't really happy how I sounded originally.
I think it is safe enough to say what tonight's blog entry was inspired by that oh so "inspiring" performance by former child star Miley Cyrus on last night's VMA awards. I'm not going to lie but her performance made me cringe. I did not find her outfit or her behavior remotely sexy. Another reason why I did not like her performance was that she was grinding against a married man ON television. I also felt that was not appropriate behavior for both parties involved.  That said I felt her performance just reeked of "look at me, look at me!" and that she was trying to garner attention for her upcoming album Bangerz. I also got the impressing that the little twat is trying to emulate the late Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics. Wendy O. Williams Miley Cyrus is not and never will be.

Wendy O.Williams really had a lot of charisma and knew how to use her sexuality without objectifying herself for the sake of her art. It was obvious there was a method to her madness in Wendy's onstage performance.

With Miley's performance last night, it was all over the wall and had no point other than shock value. I really suspect that this was all done for publicity for her upcoming album. I also think she was trying to shed her Disney image once and for all. Am I a fan of the gyrating and twerking that Miley did on stage? Oh hell no! Am I going to join in with the chorus of "slut-shaming" I have been seeing online? No but do think her performance certainly deserves some thought-provoking criticism which I am trying to do on my blog here. Do I think Miley is a slut or whore for her onstage behavior? By all means no. Like Madonna in her heyday, Miley was expressing hers sexuality on tv. I thought her performance was a bit forced and well, a piss poor attempt at trying to be the new Madonna circa Like a Virgin era. What I really didn't enjoy was Miley's performance especially when it involved a married man. C'mon, rubbing up against a supposedly happily married man on stage and on tv? That definitely was inappropriate and Miley should have known better. I also can't forget about Robin Thicke in this whole debacle. To not mention him would be unfair. I hate that song "Blurred Lines". Horrible melody, horrible voice, and horrible lyrics. Just hate the lyrics and what that douchebag Robin Thicke is implying in the songs which is rape. I wish people would hold him accountable for the disgusting message he implies in that song. You can read the lyrics here. I am aghasted over them. Now why isn't Robin's mother Gloria Loring PO at her douchebag son as she is with Miley's performance? Oh and why aren't people going after him for his part of the performance? I smell double standard.

With Wendy O. Williams, I never got the impression from all the videos I have watched of her on youtube,  Wendy O. Williams really personified what a strong, independent woman should be. She was a bold, fearless woman with a strong vision well ahead of her time which I find lacking in mainstream music nowadays. Like I said before, Miley' performance felt forced and that she was trying too hard to be provocative and really trying to make people forget about Hannah Montana. I was not convinced that Miley Cyrus is now an adult pop star. Me thinks she needs to watch some videos of The Plasmatics, Grace Jones, and Madonna if she wants to be a envelope pushing type of pop star. Her performance on the VMA show reeks of immaturity and straight out unsexy. She could learn a lot from the aforementioned women.

A lot of my favorite artists and bands involves women. Last year I wrote a blog about the 100 greatest women in music (in my personal opinion). Not only were these women talented as musicians but what I didn't mention then is that I also thought and still think they exude sexiness but without portraying themselves as sex objects. My idea of sexiness? For me it isn't about how little clothing you are wearing or simulating masturbation on stage with a foam hand. It is about attitude along with fashion and make up. This picture of Ulrike Goldmann of Blutengel is a perfect example of my idea of what sexiness is, plus she is killer singer to boot. She is evidence that one can be sexy without looking like trashy. Also I have seen lots of fetish models online with minimal clothes where the photographs of them are tastefully done and does not come off exploitive. Also burlesque is quite sexy without coming off lewd and vulgar. If Miley had gone that route minus the awful Robin Thicke song, I think she would have convinced me that she was now a mature pop star ready to be known as an adult but she did not the other night.

In a perfect world women like Miley Cyrus would not have to resort to pulling such provocative and questionable acts onstage just to help promote one's upcoming album (and yes the same can be said about Lady Gaga too but she isn't on my shitlist tonight) and would let their real talent speak for itself (although I find her singing "talents" highly questionable). Thank heavens I don't listen to mainstream music. The women in mainstream music today I find terribly disappointing. I personally have more respect for women who let their musical talents speak for themselves and not for the image they project in their videos. The same can be said with men too but if this is what helps propel their career so be it. I just like some substance behind the imagine (which I am not seeing with Miley Cyrus).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monday's Playlist

With Monday right around the corner, I made a trip to the library today to scrounge up some music I could bring into the office. Find a few CDs that I thought were worth taking into the office along with some of my own.

Tina Guo: Eternity

Skinny Puppy: Weapon

Lights: Siberia Acoustic

Banarama: The Very Best of Banarama

Kirlian Camera: Nightglory

Garbage: Version 2.0

Belly: Star

Hanzel Und Gretyl: Scheissmessiah

Kobra and the Lotus

F.T.C: Anti-Human

Friday, August 23, 2013

Slave Republic

Tonight I was listening to a sample of the new Erotic Elk single "What You Give is What You Get" on soundcloud which I really liked. After the sample ended, music shifted over to some snippets of songs by the German synthpop band Slave Republic. It did not take me very long to fall in love with their music. I particularly enjoyed the snippets of "Walking Ghost", "Emptiness", and "Quest for Love". Definitely will need to get a hold of their music. Really excellent synthpop. Check 'em out.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Erotic Elk

Tonight I was perusing Side-Line's website when I came across an article on a Swedish electropop group called Erotic Elk. Of course my curiosity was piqued when word "electropop" was mentioned and the name of the band just stood right out there with me. So I started to do some online research on the band. If you click on the link I just posted that leads to their website, you can get a taste of Erotic Elk's music. I found a couple of tracks via youtube and really dug what I had heard. As a fan of Neuroticfish, Zynic, and old Apoptygma Berzerk, Erotic Elk's music is right up this electropop/synthpop fan's alley.

You can also hear some more of their music on their SoundCloud page. I definitely recommend checking them out if you are a big fan of synthpop music as I am.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cyndi Lauper to perform entire first album in Minneapolis

Tonight I was perusing google news out of sheer boredom. Lo and behold I came across some awesome news...Cyndi Lauper to perform first album in its entirety in Minneapolis. It goes without saying (or maybe not...haha) that I adore Cyndi Lauper and am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO planning on buying a ticket to that show this Friday. Ticket info is on the link I just posted. Yeah they aren't cheap but for Cyndi I'm willing to pay to see her live. I most likely will do just the $49 (which I believe is general admission).

I am not ashamed to admit this but I always loved Cyndi Lauper and preferred her over Madonna. I liked Madonna's music in my youth but Cyndi for me was my preference between the two. I loved her goofy, quirky personality. I related more to her music than Madonna's. Also I love Cyndi's work as an activist and her memoirs that came out last year.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Monday's Playlist

Another Sunday night which means another Monday is right around the corner. Yay! Not :P. Oh well, I got my music to keep me sane.

Amduscia: Filofobia

Ego Likeness: Breedless

Siouxsie and The Banshees: Twice Upon a Time

God Module: Viscera

Nightwish: Oceanborn

Assemblage 23: Bruise

Inertia: Universal Blood

Blutengel: Demon Kiss

Angels and Agony: Avatar

Blutengel: The Oxidising Angel

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Amduscia: Filofobia

I finally got the new Amduscia album in the mail yesterday. I am really enjoying every second of the album. Very aggressive yet melodic.

Cyferdyne: Genesys

Still enjoying this album :).

Marsheaux: Inhale

Another strong album from Marsheaux. I have been listening to the album constantly since I got it in the mail earlier this week.

Mr.Kitty: Life

If you haven't heard of Mr.Kitty, you have now. I recently discovered his music via Twitter and the independent record label Engraved Ritual. Excellent synthpop.

Sacred Treasures V From a Russian Cathedral

Lately I have been listening to a lot of choral music that I am finding at my local library. Last week I got this album. It is just absolutely beautiful music.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Advent at Ephesus

After hearing the Benedictines' latest album, I decided to check their first album out from my library. Loved what I had heard.

The Idan Raichel Project: Quarter to Six

I have been a fan of The Idan Raichel Project for a few years now. His music is a fusion of modern electronica, Hebrew text and African/Arab music.

Camera Obscura: Lets Get Out of This Country

Very catchy indie pop. I really dig it.

Friday, August 16, 2013

New music videos from Inertia, Noyce, and Promidal

If you haven't seen them already, here are the new videos from Promidal, Inertia, and Noyce. Enjoy :).

This is copy and pasted from Inertia's FB Page: Today we unleash the brand new video to the 3rd single from our album UNIVERSAL BLOOD. "Lies (S.O.P.H.I.E Mix)" will be released on August 27th on Metropolis Records. This new version has had the lyrics changed to reflect the brutal attack of Alexys from Inertia late last year.. The video also features CCTV footage of the attack in the hopes we may identify the culprits. Part proceeds from the single will be donated to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation who work to educate people on Alternative Subcultures.

In other words, if you download the single, some of the money made from the single goes to the charity :).

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fall releases

With August half way done and autumn being right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to post some upcoming fall releases.

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks [9/3]
Lord of the Lost - We Give Our Hearts: Live Auf St. Pauli [9/3]
Hocico - Los Dias Caminando [9/3 and STB will have it on 9/17]
The Causticles - Eric Gottesman [9/3]
Apoptygma Berzerk - Major Tom [9/3]
Covenant - Leaving Babylon [9/10]
Dead Voices on Air - Bundle 1995-2013 [9/10]
Moving Units - Neurotic Exotic [9/10]
Uk Decay - New Hope For the Dead [9/10]
Violet Tears - Outside Your Door [in stock at Storming the Base on 9/10]
Gitane Demone - The Reflecting Shadow [in stock also at STB on 9/10]
Tyske Ludder - Bambule [via Storming the Base on 9/17]

VNV Nation - Transnational [10/4 via Storming the Base]
Hanzel und Gretyl - Fur Immer [10/08]
Electric Six - Mustang [10/08]
Kloq - Begin Again [10/08]
Snog - The New Cocksucker Blues (digital single only) [10/15]
KMFDM - WWIII (re-release) [10/22]
Noir - Darkly Near [10/22]
Dubcon (Twilight Circus meets cEvin Key) - UFO pon di gullyside [10/22]
KMFDM - Opium [10/22]

iVardensphere - The Methuselah Tree [11/12]
Psyclon Nine - [Order of the Shadow: Act 1] [11/12]
System Syn - No Sky to Fall [11/12]
Tweaker - And Then There's Nothing [11/26]
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead [11/26]
Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile [11/26]

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some food for thought: Cheapo Records and what the store meant to me

This morning before work I went to visit City Pages' website to see if there was any interesting music news to share on my FB/Twitter pages for The Twin Cities Underground. What I got was a big old shock. Despite available sign, Uptown Cheapo to remain open for now. Funny thing is that I didn't notice the available sign when I saw it last weekend when I stopped by to check to see if the Combichrist flyer was still up and visible (which it was when I was there).  According to the City Pages article, Cheapo Disc's 15 year lease is ending this month but the store has renewed it long enough to last into February of 2014. I should note that I will be keeping a close eye on this story and will post a news about Cheapo Discs' situation on my Twitter/FB accounts.
The news of a possible closing of Cheapo Discs makes me sad. That store was one of the first places I visited when I moved back to the Twin Cities from Milwaukee, WI over a decade ago. I remember going there looking for some Apocalyptica music, namely Plays Metallica album. What I found was Apoptygma Berzerk's Welcome to Earth album and that totally forever changed my music collection and taste. My jaw literally hit the floor when I listened to Welcome to Earth. That was my first exposure to EBM. From then I started scrounging the CD bins at Cheapo for anything goth or industrial related. I bought my first Voltaire album there (Almost Human....which made me an instant fan) and a slew of KMFDM albums. Cheapo Discs quickly became a second home to me.

Eventually at one point in my life during my 20s, I had amassed like 1000 CDs and was piss broke. As much as I hated doing so, I went to Cheapo to sell my CDs. For awhile I made pretty good money on the CDs I sold but eventually I stopped when the return was next to nil. I really don't blame the store. I wasn't the only person selling their music to the store.

In recent years I have seen many a changes to the store which includes moving their vinyl upstairs to make room for a book store. Also the store also started categorizing music by genres which includes goth and industrial which was very tiny especially when you compare it to the metal section. Still I was happy that there was a goth and industrial section. My only gripe is that HIM is considered "goth" (puh-leeze...sorry that is the music snob in me. lol). I will say that I am quite impressed by their selection in heavy metal and electronica music. Their heavy metal selection is huge.

In the past couple of years I have come across some real gems at Cheapo Discs. My very favorite find at Cheapo has to be the out of print Burning Empires/Standing EP by VNV Nation. Now I had a burned copy from a friend but there was no way in hell I was not going to not buy this rare EP. Best part of this story? The EP was only $8 or $9 while on Ebay  I have seen it go for $75. Another favorite find for me is Transmissions From Uranus by Hanzel Und Gretyl which is also out of print and rare but isn't as worth as much as Burning Empires/Standing. Again I had a burned copy but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy the actual album. Those two finds had to be my favorite memories of Cheapo Discs.

While Cheapo may not have the best selection in new releases (go to the Electric Fetus for that), I think if you spend enough time rifling through the CD bins, you will come across something you will want. I know I have through out the years. I have always found something in the store's used CD bins or regular CD bins that I could use to listen to at home and at work. I always loved the clacking sounds of plastic hitting each other as I flip through the CDs mindlessly. A little retail therapy for me ;). To know that Cheapo may possibly be no more next year makes me sad. It was one of the few places I would want to go to in the ever so gentrified Uptown. I guess if that happens, I will have to make a once a month trip to the Saint Paul location on Snelling Avenue but to be honest that won't be the same for me.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Monday's Playlist

Another Sunday night, and another Monday to get her music ready for.
Cyferdyne: Genesys

Nitro Noise: Total Nihilism

Noblesse Oblige: In Exile

Funker Vogt: Companions in Crime

Javelynn: Chimaera At Heart

Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser

System Syn: All Seasons Pass

Blutengel: Monument

Pristina: Stars and Sirens

Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 albums I have almost forgot how good they are

Lately I have been listening to albums I have not listened to in weeks and/or months. I have to admit it is difficult for me to listen to all my CDs because I get pretty easily preoccupied with certain albums but once in awhile I need to take a break and listen to an album I haven't heard in ages. Here are 10 of those albums that I almost forgot how good they are.

10. The Birthday Massacre: Hide and Seek

Okay I'll admit I didn't like the band's previous album Pins and Needles but I really enjoyed their latest effort. My problem with Pins and Needles was that it lacked oomph or the catchy pop hooks from Walking With Strangers. While not as good as Walking With Strangers, Hide and Seek is definitely a stronger effort than Pins and Needles. The songwriting is stronger and the melodies much more memorable.

09. The Crystalline Effect: Identity

I don't know why I have ignored this album in awhile. I really like it. The band's music can be described as a mix of trip hop and industrial music. Very catchy stuff.

08. William Orbit: Pieces In a Modern Style

My favorite William Orbit album (next to his work with Madonna on Ray of Light). I find this album so relaxing to listen to on any given day/night of the week.

07. Unter Null: Moving On

I know a few fans weren't thrilled with the direction that Unter Null took on Moving On but I liked the drum and bass influence that was heard through out the album. I felt the overall sound on the album showed that Erica Dunham wasn't a one trick pony and that as an artist was able to diversify her sound.

06. Stray: Abuse by Proxy

While I am speaking about Erica Dunham...heheheh ;). Abuse by Proxy is one of those albums that I hate to admit has fallen off my radar until recently. I have been so preoccupied with the albums I ordered from Vendetta Records and from my local record stores...that is until today when I decided to put on Abuse by Proxy after running a ton of errands this morning. I was quickly reminded why this was one of my favorite releases in 2008. I love hearing that there was much more to Erica Dunham as an artist and to hear her classical influences shine through her music.

05. Waves Under Water: All Your Light

As I was getting tomorrow's breakfast ready, I was listening to this album as I was shredding some zucchini. I really enjoyed the album from start to finish. I definitely recommend checking out this band if you dig female vocals.

04. Arch Enemy: Khaos Legions

I'm generally not a fan of this type of heavy metal music but I bought this at sale at The Electric Fetus a few years ago. I was surprised to find myself enjoying the music more so than I expected. Like a lot of albums in my CD collection, this has been sitting around collecting dust. Started listening to it again a couple of weeks ago when I had to do OT at the office. Found myself enjoying it even more so than I did when I first heard it. Maybe because my taste in music has shifted towards the more aggressive sounds in industrial music and I have become used to the harsh vocals.

03. Moonlight cove: Hearts of the World

I have been listening to Moonlight Cove's first album Orphans of the Storm so much since I bought it earlier this year, I totally disregarded the band's latest album. My bad because Hearts of the Moon is just too good with its infectious pop melodies. This is the album that Erasure has never made in the last decade. The Swedish synthpop band has become my personal favorite synthpop band with this album.

02. Blutengel: Labyrinth

This was the album by Blutengel that really got me into the band big time, let alone first album by the band I actually bought (and not have a friend burn me a copy). Totally almost forgot how much I love this album.

01. Curve: Come Clean

Okay this is NOT my favorite Curve album but I do enjoy it immensely. It had been a few years since  I listened to it and at the time thought it was only so-so. This past week, I decided to bring in the album to work to listen to. I found myself really enjoying the darker, edgier sound from the English band. While I feel their last album Gift was a stronger effort and my personal favorite Curve album(s) is a toss up between Doppelganger and Cuckoo, I have really come to appreciate the band's change in direction on this album. From what I understand, around the time of Cuckoo, the band started to become influenced by Nine Inch Nails hence their more industrial sound on their last two albums.

Friday, August 9, 2013

My 10 current favorite albums

10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

09. Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs

08. Marsheaux - Lumineux Noir

07. Nitro/Noise - Total Nihilism

06. Die Braut - Psychotherapy

05. Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect

04. Tristania - Darkest Whites

03. Moonlight Cove - Hearts of the World

02. Absolute Grrrrls Manifesto Chapter 1

01. Cyferdyne - Genesys

Still digging the Nitro/Noise album I got a few weeks ago. It is loud and aggressive. I recently ordered Genesys by Cyferdyne from Vendetta Records again. Love the album. Good mix of clean and harsh vocals. Love the latest Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds album. I really should get my own copy. I have to return the library copy this weekend. Also been listening a lot of the Absolute Grrrrls Manifesto compilation lately. There is some kick ass tracks.  Thanks to the compilation, I have gotten into the gothic metal band Tristania. I adore their new album Darkest Whites.  That album has been getting lots of airplay at work.