Gothic Sex - _Laments_
(Repulse Records, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
Shades of Type O Negative and Moonspell come to mind within the first few moments of _Laments_, though it slowly becomes a much bolder sounding record. Interesting sound passages and vocal styles coupled with dark ambient playing really bring a well-defined character to Gothic Sex. It's erotic and all-out dark in truly interesting fashion. My favorite aspect of the record seems to fall into the realm of the guitar work. While not the best guitar work I have ever heard, the imagination and creativity of the guitar playing seems to add a strengthened finesse to the resulting product -- in "Laments" and "Alone in the Dark", for example. Dark passages of emotion and uncertainty run deep here as _Laments_ caters to the dark side of the human psyche. An interesting record that'll have metal fans wanting to dig deeper into their already darkened hole.

(article published 19/11/1998)


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