Not so intoxicating is On the Dark Side, a collection of local and national goth, metal, and industrial bands that certainly lives up to its title. On the disc is an image of a gargoyle that appears to be taking a dump. Ewww. And speaking of demonic crap, did we mention New York's Castigate666? Its miserable, sub-Mortician death metal is somehow even more unsophisticated than that of its dumb-as-a-stump muse. Buffalo's pretentious Thrown to the Wolves doesn't fare much better; nor does the sleep-inducing U.K. goth outfit Mothburner. One standout is Austin's punchy Squat Thrust, which provides a much needed dose of humor on "Cowboys vs. Vampires." This is one of the only bands on this comp that doesn't take itself so seriously and, consequently, one of the few that we do.
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