EP Review: Golem Dance Cult - Grotesque Radio (2021)

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 Golem Dance Cult - Grotesque Radio
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Label: selfrelease
Format: CD / Digital
Length: 20:31
Genre: Post Punk / Darkwave / Industrial
Origin: England / France

Laur and Charles are Golem Dance Cult. Years ago, the two musicians have played in a band together. Since then, time has passed, but the two artists have stayed in contact, and have recently released their first EP "Grotesque Radio". On six tracks they create a nihilist soundscape that they themselves describe as "an old Hammer horror movie directed by Dalí and recoloured by Andy Warhol".


"Grotesque Radio" is an ideal soundtrack for dungeon parties. With their cold, claustrophobic, hopeless, and dark sounds, the six songs revive late-Cold-War-era rock and electronic music. Golem Dance Cult go back to the heyday of Gothic Rock, Wave, and Industrial, and partially remind of Punish Yourself, Cinema Bizarre, or early Einstürzende Neubauten. The mood of "Grotesque Radio" is nihilist and therefore extremely deliberating. The EP feels like a giant party in a bunker where all the participants dance like there is no tomorrow, because there might not be one.


The final song '(In my Time of) Living on Mars' sticks out of this general atmosphere by addition of a massively rolling Blues Rock theme, and a certain Space Rock impact. Overall, Golem Dance Cult's first EP is by no means a rehash of pre-1990s darkest music. Instead, "Grotesque Radio" introduces us to another era of global cold forlorness, and joyful nihilism. It is the music of the age of the storm on the Capitol ('Capitol Blues') and other catastrophes. Embrace the eschaton, and dance to these stunning tunes.

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