PopMatters: Various Artists – Killed By Deathrock, Vol. 1

Over at PopMatters I reviewed the new Sacred Bones compilation, Killed By Deathrock, Vol. 1, a collection of rare and obscure 1980s goth, post-punk and deathrock:

In the end, Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1 is a small triumph. Most of the album is a reclamation project of the highest order. It isn’t Nuggets, but then it isn’t intended to be. That seminal garage rock compilation mixed national top 40 hits with relative obscurities. Like the aforementioned Killed By Death, or the Pebbles compilations of lesser known ‘60s garage rock, this is about highlighting the bands that never broke. Rhino would never in a million years have included any of these artists on A Life Less Lived: the Gothic Box, and as such, Sacred Bones has done the music world a great service. Let’s hope that — as with the obscurities series that inspired it — there are many more volumes to come.


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