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The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

Just about every Cure album is worth picking up, and even those ranked lowest boast worthwhile moments. Here are their albums, spanning 29 years, presented from worst to best.


Protomartyr's 'Ultimate Success Today' Succeeds in Reflecting Our Times

Post-punk's Protomartyr have honed their sound into something apocalyptic on their defiantly modernist Ultimate Success Today.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

The Cure's "Seaside" Cure for Sheltering at Home

In these times of pandemic turmoil and outright trauma, what better match does the tempestuous human soul have than the sea? And what better lyricist than the Cure's Robert Smith, who twins the wrath (or sadness) of the sea with similar human emotions?


Wailin Storms Sings of Snakes and Spells With "Rattle" (premiere)

Reminiscent of classic grunge and doom, Wailin Storms' "Rattle" is bound to set the pace of this collective's career.


The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums Ever: Part 3, Echo & the Bunnymen to Lizzy Mercier Descloux

This week we are celebrating the best post-punk albums of all-time and today we have part three with Echo & the Bunnymen, Cabaret Voltaire, Pere Ubu and more.


Protomartyr - "Processed by the Boys" (Singles Going Steady)

Protomartyr's "Processed By the Boys" is a gripping spin on reality as we know it, and here, the revolution is being televised.


Fotocrime's '80s-Inspired Rock Is Often Half-Baked

Fotocrime's South of Heaven is interesting mostly in that it's one of the most mediocre rock records I've heard in a long time.


Brooding Goth Meets Post-Punk on Bambara's 'Stray'

On Stray, Bambara peel the curtain back further on their reality. Haunting and deeply evocative words are sewn into a dark tapestry of atmospheric, brooding goth meets post-punk on an album that lingers like the rough outline of an aging scar.


Frayle Deliver Anthems for the Persecuted Via '1692' (album stream) (premiere)

Living dark may be the best revenge as Cleveland's Frayle suggest on their debut LP. Fans of gothic and black metal will rejoice as will those who love Portishead and Cocteau Twins.


New Age Grate Marry Goth, Doom, and Electronics on "Sylvia Won't Lie" (premiere)

New York's New Age Grate create an electronic soundscape interwoven with strands of Goth and doom on their new single, "Sylvia Won't Lie".


Texas Psych-Rockers, the Cuckoos Release Debut LP (album stream)

Austin psychedelic rock band, the Cuckoos release their debut LP I Hate Love on 24 January following a series of well-regarded 2019 singles. Hear it in full now.


Timelost Give Marilyn Manson's "Cryptorchid" a New Lease on Life (premiere + interview)

Lo-fi, black metal-cum-goth-ish outfit, Timelost share a cover of Marilyn Manson's "Cryptorchid". They talk with us about the importance of making the old new.


Chelsea Wolfe Delves Deeply Into Folk on 'Birth of Violence'

Chelsea Wolfe is a gothic Gaia figure on intoxicating new folk rock album Birth of Violence.


Hello (Again) Cruel World: An Interview with Shakespears Sister

After more than two decades apart, Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit set aside differences to make new music and reclaim their shared creative chemistry. Shakespears Sister recall pregnancy, video stardom, and George Harrison's generosity.


The 100 Greatest Alternative Songs of the '80s

One of our most popular series ever, this 2015 list of the 1980s best "alternative" music has it all, from new wave to punk and post-punk to goth.


Drab Majesty's Darkwave Peaks on 'Modern Mirror'

Still gothy after all these years, darkwave duo Drab Majesty's songwriting is catching up with their impeccable aesthetic on Modern Mirror.


Esben and the Witch's 'Nowhere' Is a Mesmerizing Musical Experience

Much as their namesake, Esben and the Witch evoke a stunning musical versatility and lyrical fervor. Nowhere is a mesmerizing musical experience enshrining the interplay between the primal and the pristine.


The Story of Swans by Those Who Lived to Tell

Nick Soulsby's oral history of Swans digs deep in and around the trenches of Michael Gira's twisted musical world.


Nick Soulsby Reads from His Oral History, 'Swans: Sacrifice and Transcendence'

Swans' story is a story of artistic near-death, defiance, and resurrection. This excerpt brings forth the band's challenges during the Swans Are Dead Tour of 1997.


Protomartyr Partners with Kelley Deal for Their 'Consolation' EP

Protomartyr join forces with Kelley Deal for two out of four blistering yet beautiful songs on their Consolation EP.


Coliseum's Ryan Patterson Re-invents Himself As Fotocrime for the Synth-Heavy 'Principle of Pain'

Fotocrime's Principle of Pain is a synth-heavy post-punk album with elements of goth-rock and darkwave that shows a whole new side to Ryan Patterson as an artist.


Sol Invictus' Darkly Creative Sound Is Stronger Than Ever on 'Necropolis'

Necropolis' themes of timelessness, decay and death paradoxically reveal Sol Invictus' founding member Tony Wakeford at his best.


The Damned - "Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow" (Singles Going Steady)

"Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow" ends up as much a powerful expression of present dystopian fears as it is a kicking throwback to '80s goth rock.


VOWWS Updates James Bond-Style Spy Music with "Esseff" (premiere)

New single from dark duo VOWWS conjures classic James Bond scores while avoiding all the stuff we've all heard before.


Freedom As the World Falls: An Interview with ROPE SECT

PopMatters delves into the psyche of one of underground music's most fascinating new bands—ROPE SECT.


'Cured' Memoir of The Cure Goes Sky High, Hits Rock Bottom, Finds Perfect Equilibrium

By making himself the hero and the villain of his own story, Lol Tolhurst maintains a satisfying evenness throughout Cured.


Steady Dark Grooves: An Interview with the Horrors

Rhys Webb of the Horrors opens up about the process and direction behind their latest album, V, and how they've managed to thrive and stay together through their first decade.

Juan Eduardo Rodriguez

Murder By Death: Big Dark Love

Love may be a many-splendored thing, but in the hands of Murder By Death, it’s also an instigator of pain and horror.


The Faint: Doom Abuse

Doom Abuse may not measure up to the Faint's greatest moments or delve into new terrain, but if they're goal was to have fun and make a good record, then mission accomplished.


The Top 10 Love Songs of the Cure

From mournful laments to giddy, knees-up swoons and everything in between, in observance of Valentine's Day Sound Affects runs down the choice love songs from post-punk's most capable romantics.


Lacuna Coil: Dark Adrenaline

Returning to form on their sixth album, Lacuna Coil deserve their renewed reputation as one of gothic metal's most unique bands.

Chris Colgan

Snubbed!: Why the Cure Deserves to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week--but not fellow ballot finalist the Cure. Here's why goth's flagship group deserved to join them.


Ancient VVisdom: A Godlike Inferno

A Godlike Inferno is proof that gothic rock doesn't have to be complicated to be enjoyable.


Dommin: Love Is Gone

These new gothic rockers show a lot of promise, and with some work on their sound, they can definitely achieve greatness.


The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys [Deluxe Edition]

Though Rhino Record's Deluxe Edition of Three Imaginary Boys has a few of the goods, the definitive document of early Cure is still the US cassette edition of Boys Don't Cry.

Jason Thompson

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