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Floodland

Sisters Of Mercy

1987

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Floodland

Rating

2.98

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3197

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Whoa, I've actually heard one of these songs before! A radio cut of Dominion got a lot of play on my hometown rock station in the 90s. The kind of play that makes you think these dudes made exactly one good song and made knowing the name of the artist useful literally only for pub trivia purposes. Pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed the whole album. It scratched a dark, almost gothy rock itch that hadn't been scratched since I last hung out in the garage listening to the radio with my dad while he drank Buds and worked on his motorcycle.

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5

Loved it. I have not waded much into goth-rock/new wave/post-punk but this was great. Though the instrumentation was simple, it was very effective. The music features a strong backbeat, prominent bass, horror motifs, and typical new wave/post-punk vocal delivery. The overall result is a driving, pulsing music that is instantly likable and even danceable.

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4

Leans into its darkwave cliches, but I'm weak to them. There's a greater-than-average amount of variation in the tracklist, too. Sprawling and short, quiet and loud.

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4

A good combination of energy and just general moodiness. I liked it. Good for exercise too.

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Makes me want to dress in all black and go to a rave. Or at least play Vampires: The Masquerade. Lead singer reminds me of Peter Steele from Type O Negative. Favorite tracks: "Dominion/Mother Russia", "This Corrosion"

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I can't say that I've ever really listened to a goth album before, so I don't have a lot of genre context for this. I'll say having listened to most of the album that while this is not particularly my kind of music, it is well done. I like the vocal production and how male and female voices get blended together over squealing metal guitars. 4/5

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Loved this so much I dyed my eyebrows black. It’s a good look! For real though, this was great. Now where’s a Type-0 Negative album on this list???

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3.3 - An unusual sound, combining baritone vocals, gothic choir, electronic percussion, synthesizer and some guitar. A mix between Depeche Mode and “Scary Monsters”, and forward thinking enough to seem to also usher in the sound for both. Dark and atmospheric, often pretentious. “The Corrosion is a standout.

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5

Sweet album. Cool dark and mellow sound, great vocals, and a steady flow from one track to the next.

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5

i knew this album at the time, though not that well. i remembered loving some tracks, but didn't know others at all. on the whole, i loved this one, especially This Corrosion, which just burns

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Electrónica gótica. Está bien. Dudaba entre 4 o 5, pero, venga, un 5

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Great

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Goths are wonderful from a distance

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5

Used to listen to this album loads when I was younger, love it!

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The pinnacle of goth darkwave club-core. Put this on, and I'm already wearing black and hitting the dance floor. Instantly catchy, moody goth jams. Perfect!

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Interesting

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I fucking love this album. It's amazing that they did so much with such a minimal approach. Just last night I was drunk and trying to get my mates to love Lucretia my reflection as much as I do, so this is fitting. 5/5.

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This was a fantastic goth album. I will definitely explore the genre now.

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I always thought of goths as boring people wearing a lot of make up bored with their own lives. Then emos came and they were much worse. But, hey! These are audiences, and we are here to discuss music, right? Right.  If I were to pick up an essential post punk band with really pessimistic sound and content, Joy Division would be that band. Still, this doesn't totally mean that I consider other bands in the dark/goth spectrum to be derivative, mind. I really love some of them, from Christian Death to Fields Of The Nephilim. I wasn't really familiar with the Sisters Of Mercy though. Lucretia My Reflection, Dominion, and the mighty This Corrosion (which I am sure I already heard in the past) were singles, and they were great. As a whole, the album really sounds huge, with all those busy, upfront bass lines and insisting drumming, a lot of female backing vocals, even some choir (a 40 piece one on This Corrosion), but never feeling overcharged. 1959 with only piano and voice fills up the room effortlessly. On Flood II there is an acoustic guitar along with the synths and the aforementioned, very effective rhythm section, and the whole thing comes out from the speakers as if it was a roaring monster. I could go on and mention all the songs in here, as there is no filler really. All I can say is that I need this record in my collection. A masterpiece. 

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Had never heard of these guys...was sort of expecting something adjacent to Leonard Cohen's song "Sisters of Mercy". This is not that. This album is right up my alley, though. Many of these songs, like "1959", and "The Corrsion" (while very different from each other) have a "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds meet the Talking Heads" vibe, which I love. Okay, album over, and this is the first full album that I've immediately added to my Spotify list. 5/5.

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When I read the genre ‘gothic rock’ I thought I’d not really enjoy it, but turns out it’s pretty cool. Similar to The Cure, and Flood II is uncannily similar to The Dandy Warhols’ “Boys Better”. Comfy resistors of the 80s trends

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That first track, 'Dominion/Mother Russia' is an absolute banger, and there are a couple of tracks who almost reach those heights. The rest tends to slip back into fairly nondescript goth played on tinny synths and drum machines. At least the warbled singing keeps things interesting

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What!!! No Temple of Love??? I guess that would have bee asking too much. Still there are some real Goth/Wave anthems like "This Corrosion" (especially), "Lucretia My Reflection" and "Dominion". It's monotonous and contrived, but I'm giving it an extra point due to the fact that one guy wrote the songs, sang lead and played every instrument. The choir was a nice touch too.

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Gótico y épico, suena a años ochenta en el buen sentido. Rozando la New Wave pero apoyándose en cajas de ritmos. Retrotae a un sábado de invierno por la mañana viendo La Bola de Cristal en casa de mi abuela, ese es el sonido. Buen disco que, además, se hace corto sin serlo.

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man, this thing is just THE 80s: reverb drums - CHECK trashcontainer drum - CHECK guitar chorused out of reasonability - CHECK flanger - CHECK epic synths - CHECK midi ballad - CHECK song composed almost entirely out of the weird percussion section sounds of a digital synth - CHECK verse is just chorus but quieter - CHECK "the wind blows wild" - CHECK I mean, EVERYTHING mother russia/10

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This may be the first emo sounding band I’ve ever immediately enjoyed. This record was truly something I’d never felt before. Only a few slow sections. Favorite Track : Dominion / Mother Russia Least Favorite Track : 1959

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Great album. 8/10

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Pretty cool rock album.

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4

I'm not sure what I'm listening to but... I like it? Hard to hear what's being said because the vocals are whispers and the instruments are loud, but still strangely enjoyable.

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4

Lucretia my Reflection is always a stand out for me. Big fan of this band. But to be fair, I haven't listened to them nearly as much as I would like to have. I don't have any super insightful takes on this. It sounds old, which to be honest isn't a bad thing in the case of this album. I think it works for it, Makes me want to wear sunglasses in the moonlight like Andrew Eldritch on the album cover. Which is hilarious to me. it's a fun listen.

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3.75

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This is a really good album frankly I don't know why I slept on it for so long. It's right in my 80s alternative wheelhouse. Starts out with a huge bang with the opener Dominion / Mother Russia. After the slow-burn of Flood I, Lucrative My Reflection picks up the pace with a driving bass that just won't quite. And this Corrosion presents itself as the centrepiece of a fine album. 4 🌟

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operatic goth rock. great drum programming, huge production stage.

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271021 14:51 3.5

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Really enjoyed it. A new band to me.

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Really liked this, very 80s hints of Depeche Mode and darker goth music but also driving rock songs like 'This Corrosion' which wouldn't be out of place on a Fleetwood Mac album. Some songs maybe went on a bit longer than needed but they were clearly having a lot of fun. Bonus points for the very 80s sax solo on the album opener

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cracking album

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Love it. Also enjoyed reading about the evolution of Doktor Avalanche: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doktor_Avalanche

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Never heard of this album/group. First impression on seeing the cover: "Looks like three wolf moon... this is going to bad". Then I read this was an 80's goth/dark wave record and I was prepped for the worst... But I actually really enjoyed this record. I actually haven't listened to much "goth" or "dark wave" music. Maybe I should. There is some heavy use of 80's synths and production here... but this is not your top 40's cheezy 80's music. This is music for outsiders. Can hear the post-punk roots in this. Pretty cool record.

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Classic gothic rock is strange. I dig it.

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Is this Boney Ms evil twin?

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4

Not at all what I expected and really good. The album that has really surprised me most 50 into this exercise. Will definitely check out more Sisters of Mercy.

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I always assumed 80s goth rock would be cheesy (the album cover didn't help), but this was quite good.

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Good album that has stood the test of time.

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Turn off the lights. Prepare a candle. We're about to get a little more....goth. Following the innovations to post-punk by Bauhaus and Siouxsie and The Banshees in 1979, Sisters Of Mercy would follow shortly after. Though not coming out with a first album until 1980, they would fit nicely in with the likes of The Cure and other gothic rock contemporaries. This brings us to Floodland, which is a perfectly reverb-drenched, rhythm-heavy album that's so dark, the vampires love it. If you're not big on gothic rock, there's no way you're going to like this record, as this is a prime example for the genre. There's a huge focus on atmosphere more than anything else, which may not be everyone's jam, but I think it's great.

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Damn this is a really good album, not sure how I missed it back in the day.. Lucretia My Reflection is a great great dance floor song...but every song is great not a dud among the 8 tracks. 4.5 🌟

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De va swag!

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Over the top goth/synth. Big fan of the single "This Corrosion". Enjoyed the listen.

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broughton girlies get it x

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Kinda cool so far; a bit 80s, but not in a bad way.

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Enjoyed this album. Always a fan of 80s music and this cross between rock and synth was great to listen too. Felt like I could have been watching the Lost Boys movie. Definitely a dark goth feel to it. This Corrosion got me amped!

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Cool. I used to listen to this band before going to sleep a lot for some reason and I kind of Pavlov dogged myself. I could feel my eyes closing on their own even though it was only 2 PM while I was listening to this. Gothic rock is up my alley, but I prefer Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Nick Cave and the background music for Big Boo's Haunt in Super Mario 64. Still very good though - a 3.5/5

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Lots of 80's synth.

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nice innit

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I can clearly hear why people would love this. But I can also hear a total lack of melodic progesssion and vocal ability totally ruining the hypnotic instrumental aspect of it all for me

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I already knew the first song and the rest of the album sounded similar but not in a bad way

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Actually really liked it, had never heard of them before. Some strange resemblance to Bowies 80s stuff

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Had heard "This Corrosion" via "The World's End" soundtrack, but I actually really got into a few songs on this album, from "Corrosion" to "Dominion" and "Lucretia". Some of the others songs are kinda meh, would ideally give this a 3.5.

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Muy darksss... no cierto, aguanta.

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Leider nicht alle songs auf spotify verfügbar. Finde das Album hat eine eigene Stimmung. 3

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No me van a creer pero si me pasó a gustar el soniditos de estos vampirillos.

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This was a cool album! Never heard of this band, but enjoyed their sound quite a bit. Without even seeing the date, I could tell this was '80s. The tracks were long, but that didn't bother me. I didn't love it overall, but there was enough on here to keep me interested. Favorite tracks: Dominion, Lucretia My Reflection, Driven Like the Snow. Album art: Almost looks like Michael Jackson. The barely-there faces made me laugh, this one's trying really hard to be cool. I do like it though, I admire them for going for a look. 3.5/5

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This was a very interesting album. I liked the music and vocals. I can't put my finger on who they sound like but it's like a mix of Leonard Cohen and Psychadelic Furs. Either way, they are UK and alright with me. Even their album cover is epic. Creepy lady in the back. I really enjoyed This Corrosion.

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algo ecléctico, bien pero por un ratito no ma

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Suppose

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Thought this was decent to be honest, touch samey but good enough

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Sisters Of Mercy would be a great band to see at an after hours club where most of the patrons are pasty white and their hips ramble effortlessly  with attention seeking indifference. I have fond, albeit evanescent, memories of such establishments. So I do like this, on a certain level, but I'm apathetic overall.  Two final thoughts: 1) This Corrosion, and in particular the guitar,  has a sound reminiscent of  Bowie's Scary Monsters;  and 2) I expect I would've gone through the rest of my life without ever thinking about the name Jim Steinman!

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I liked this album

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3/5. Real 80s, synthy, a bit Gary Newman-esque, enjoyable but nothin stood out especially.

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Hello, the 80's are calling. If this is goth sign me up, because I didn't know that I even liked goth-rock, but I do. It feels like someone is listening, because today the band is actually from Leeds. This album is for everyone that like this era of rock, very long tracks and the 80's feel. Dominion is my favourite track of the album.

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I didn't get into any particular song on this one, but it did put me in the mind of some lost goth 80s movie that I really enjoyed. Wouldn't turn it off.

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nice to listen to more 80's stuff

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catchy but forgetable

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3

Some songs are a little monotonous but overall it is a pretty cool goth/new wave album.

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Catchy moody new wave-ish. Reminds me of Depeche Mode

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Parts of this sound like Bowie making a goth rock album. It’s pretty cool, if a little weird and meandering for my taste.

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This album is more interesting to me knowing that one guy played everything and programmed all the drums himself. There's some cool synth stuff but this mostly feels pretty derivative.

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First song is good, the rest is alright. Kind of this weird dark pop. 6/10.

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idk. I liked a few songs but not the album as a whole. too much snare drums and reverb maybe? idk that slamming noise is too repetitive and just overly 80s

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Interesting listen. Probably won't return to it much, but it sounded really good. Goth rock certainly had a big moment...

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Haven't listened to this for years, slightly disappointed it wasn't better! Listenable, dark and smouldering, big 3 singles are still fun (Lucretia, corrosion and dominion). Undoubtedly influential.

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Classic goth, too bad Spotify doesn't have the full album right now, but will look for it somewhere else to give it a full spin. So far: 3 stars!

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Pretty interesting album with a lot to like. Corrosion is a good song. Favourite member of the band: Doktor Avalanche

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I don’t know where these vampires came from, but I sure do like their vampire music. 3.5

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I have a couple late 80’s albums by the Damned, and this is right in the middle of that Venn diagram circle. Good, serious, desperate rock-n-punk pop. Better than a three, but not a four.

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3

Some good tunes. I understand why it's on this site but none of them stuck with me

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7/10

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3

Album respectable. Mélange de rock et new wave qui se laisse écouter

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Lekker over de top en theatraal, maar een paar echt wel toffe nummers. Ik zie mezelf weer in de donkere krochten van De Boulevard op die stenen dansvloer de alto staan uit te hangen. En ondertussen natuurlijk de neuzen van mijn legerkisten inspecteren.

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Ik twijfel tussen 3 en 4. Echter vind ik een ander album van hun beter, dus 3

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I could see this influencing early NIN with the drum machine and themes. The singing was a bit comical for me though - exactly what I imagine "British gothic rock" to sound like".

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3

Dominion/Mother Russia is a goth masterpiece. The last of the album flags a fair bit, and has aged rather poorly. But still has its time and place intact...

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Cest pasns8 mauvais, ca sonne un peu billy idol ? J’ai las deteste mais pas trip mon style. 3

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Cool post punk et al

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I have mixed feelings.

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Ended up liking it towards the end

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I just had a hard time really getting into this one. I like some goth-rock and some of the tracks on this were good, and I never wanted to turn it off, but I can't see myself choosing to listen to it again anytime soon.

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If this is your thing you'll love it. It's not really mine but I did enjoy big parts of it. More from a nostalgia perspective I think.

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sort of a dark new wave album which is quite unique in sound in my experience but it lacks a bit to be really considered great i suppose

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Goth… didn’t give this my full attention. Not very fair on SOM. Maybe I shall return one day.. but for now!

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3

Sounds like Bauhaus.

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Ik vind dit soort muziek altijd een beetje de goedkope 80s sound, maar wel heel typerend. Niet zo mijn ding eigenlijk, maar prima te luisteren. De melodietjes zijn soms leuk maar de zang vind ik helemaal niks. Mijn favoriet is "This Corrosion" ***

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Very 80s gothic rock. Not my favorite genre or anything but it was alright. Especially the corrosion song

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synth pop!

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This was kinda fun. I'd need to listen to it again I think but it had a cool sound. I enjoyed it.

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I found myself enjoying a few of the songs on here after being initially skeptical. That album cover tho.

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This is an extremely 80s and extremely dark album. Not really my scene but there's some good shit. This Corrosion is weirdly compelling.

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There’s a distinct Depeche Mode similarity I’m hearing. And possibly some Tears for Fears rubbed off on them too. I’m alright with it. It’s like those good bands had a little sullen goth okay band.

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3

Pretty run of the mill stuff. Sounds very 80s. Not too bad not too good. Album art looks like the cover of a bad 2000s YA novel.

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I'm on the fence with this one. There are definitely some good, catchy songs here but it's a bit too long-winded at times. It's still got some charm though. Lucretia, My Reflection is great. I'd probably listen to this again.

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Uh hello 1980s

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no thanks

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Meh

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Repetive

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When it comes to the Goth/dance sound this pales in comparison to the Cure and New Order. I found the vocals annoying and the drums way too amped. Not a fan.

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Can listen to it. Was nothing to write home about.

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Enjoyed the start but my interest drifted in and out of this one too much. 2*

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Dated drums right out the gate. I guess this is Proto-industrial, so that’s why it’s “important.” The voice is cool, dark, driving but I can’t get over the dated effects. There were some shining moments where I heard Bowie and Echo and the Bunnymen. But, overall, blah. 2.

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very 80s already. might be rough. but at least its decent working music. i made it to song 8 two stars.

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meh.

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Not bad. I liked more than I thought

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When New Wave and Porto WMO just misses the boat. There’s not a lot of major impact or even memorable tracks.

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bleck

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This sucks and is super boring. At least they tried

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overall thoughts: ngl, could not get into this at all. not my cup of tea I guess. songs weren't trash tho, drumming was pretty cool & the inclusion of a choir throughout some of the songs. 2.5/5.

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generic 80s

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Songs are not nearly interesting enough to be as long as they are. Bass lines are pretty good

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Started off strong but got a bit depressing by the end

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The worst clash of emo, heavy metal and 80s

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The soundtrack to Halloween no one asked for. There’s some good ideas here musically but it’s way too dramatic and over the top. See The Cure for how to do this style right without slipping into cheesiness.

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Nothing to write home about.

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odd mix of bowie and lame goth rock. not for me.

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A few good songs (This Corrosion and Dominion/Mother Russia are good), but definitely a product of its time and hasn't aged relatively well. 2.5/5.

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I listened. Kind of enjoyed but not entirely sure how to rate this album. Going with a 2 because I don't think I'd ever say, hey, put on SOM's Floodland.

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Thought it was fine. Some good moments I liked. I can see why some might enjoy it, but it's not really for me.

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I do not advocate for bullying. But sometimes you can understand a bully's motive.

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Second half better than first. Not my kind of music. Highlight tracks: 4, 5, 6

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Shitty 80s music. So moody. Bland and forgettable

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I would have liked this more when I was, like, 19. Doesn't do much for me now.

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Niet bepaald een verrijking van m’n leven.

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Iets teveel gothic voor mij.

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It’s not unpleasant music, but also not very memorable at the same time. The songs kinda of blur into a cloud of hazey guitars and moody vocals. 4/10

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Very odd, which is not a bad thing! Some songs sounded like rammstein covering Kenny Loggins, others like David Bowie fronting a particularly gloomy Echo & the Bunnymen, and one sounded like a piano ballad from some schlocky horror movie. I would never have found this on my own, and would not have expected it to sound like this based on what I had heard of the band before. Loses a star for not having a proper drummer.

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This album exactly how I expected an 80s goth pop album to sound. I'm not a fan of 80s pop for the most part and this has too much of that era in its sound. I'd be interested to hear any of their later albums, and may give the band another try at some point.

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Ogillade det... kändes väldigt långt.

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Was fine to put on Sometimes forgot to listen Nothing outstanding 4/10

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Not my style a little too dark and dreary

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nah tried to get onboard but it's just bad rock with "atmosphere" which doesn't translate unless you're all in.

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Didn’t care much for it.

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Garbage

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Wow I really did not like this album at all.

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This is was bad. The only mildly enjoyable part was the last song. Worst one yet.

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1.5

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Includes all of the worst aspects of New Wave - annoying drone vocals, flat compositions, annoying synth choices, and arrangements that go absolutely nowhere

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I couldn't finish it

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No lo escuché porque no me gustó. Además no está completo en spotify. Siguiente pregunta.

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Goth New Order. Not for me.

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This already sounds very 80s right from the start. Yeah, I don’t really like this. It’s not my cup of tea. It’s not so much 80s as…heavy metal?

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Not my style.

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Its like if Depeche Mode made a halloween album that sucked.

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I don't believe goth industrial etc is that important. 1001 seems to insist that it is, and that we understand its pioneers (Bauhaus), prophets (Nick Cave) and bowel movements (Sisters of Mercy). D

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nope

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If you're into quintessential 80's drums and weird choir backed rock you may like it.

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For people who tell everyone Robert Pattinson is their favorite Batman, but really prefer Ben Affleck if they're being honest with themselves. If you feel like 1959, that might suggest you're a closet racist.

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