New Orleans’ The World is a Vampire delivers a serving of unsettled noisy goth punk. Add doses of 90’s grunge and goth influence but create something truly nightmarish with it as they layer on bouts of vicious hardcore and moments of complete dementia. The sound is blown up as if played through mud, with huge distortion and the maniacal, shrieking, spectral howls of Bryan from Thou. This is a masterful melding of genres feat. KC from Thou/Treadles, Clayton of Heat Dust, Scott from Secret Passage, Michael from Silver Dodling, and Rachel of Bitchface. Absolutely fantastic ugly punk for these times. Their side closes with a fantastic cover of Mad World by Tears for Fears.
Michigan’s Cloud Rat absolutely stuns here with some of their best material. A gorgeous haunting piano and vocals track devolves into the swirling maelstrom that I love Cloud Rat so much for – blistering and dynamic grinding hardcore with Madison’s pure venom on vocals. Their side finishes with some fitting foul noise, putting a cap on this hideous masterpiece.