Beastmilk – Climax by Rick Ecker

Rating: 4.5 / 5
Distributor/label: Svart Records

Band line-up:
Goatspeed – guitars
Kvohst – vocals
Paile – drums
Arino – bass

Track listing:
1. Death Reflects Us
2. The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls
3. Genocidal Crush
4. You are Now Under Our Control
5. Ghosts Out of Focus
6. Nuclear Winter
7. Fear Your Mind
8. Love in a Cold World
9. Surf the Apocalypse
10. Strange Attractors

Sounding like a combination of The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Damned, and Killing Joke all wrapped up together, Beastmilk take the best parts and give us an album that is one of the best of the year. If this would have been released when I was in High School back in the ‘80s, this would be deemed a classic and I believe that it still will be.

These dark and moody post-punk songs have the feel of those bands, but take you on a trip that takes you from that starting point to a new place that shines brightly with the grandiose sounds that fill this album to the brim. The album starts with “Death Reflects Us”, and the moody song sets the fantastic pace of the album. Song after song on this album showcase the intricate skill that they have, playing their instruments with passion and conviction that pour from the speakers into your ears and you just fall into the dizzying free-for-all that they have created.

The huge sound that they have created could also be attributed to a sound not unlike the mountainous, and huge sound that they create on their albums as well. The songs just keep getting better and you hate that the album will inevitably have to end, but before it does, you are treated to the trilogy of fantastic songs that end off the album, “Love in a Cold World”, “Surf the Apocalypse” and “Strange Attractors”.

Yes, you could call this Goth, but not the pretentious, store bought version, it’s what Goth should be, dark, but fun and full of energy. Not one song is out of place, not one note is wasted, the band gives the listener everything that they have to offer and you possibly have been introduced to your new favorite band courtesy of this album.