Compilation Premiere: Psychic Records – ‘Altar of Shadows

In celebration of World Goth Day on May 22, Psychic Eye Records is sharing Altar of Shadows, a genre-defining deathrock compilation, curated by Winter Zora. Check out it here at New Noise.

The compilation features a collection of active bands from the past four decades, including deathrock’s earliest days alongside the sounds of today. It features California deathrock pioneers like Gitane Demone Quartet (founding member of Christian Death), the U.K.’s Rubella Ballet, Japan’s ’80s deathrock originators Phaidia and their contemporaries 13th Moon, Chile’s Diavol Strain, Columbia’s Okvlta, and many more. Altar of Shadows has the infectious, dark energy perfectly fitting for the holiday.

Proceeds will benefit Communities United Against Violence, an organization providing support and healing resources for trans and queer communities.

Zora expands on choosing the organization:

“For trans and queer survivors of abuse, we largely face more difficulty in finding either support or sanctuary. We’re often demonized, ostracized, and vilified just for seeking our own safety. We’re never given the time of day, and we don’t get even a fraction of the resources available for cishet survivors of domestic violence.”

Zora also says this plays into the musical selection on Altar of Shadows:

“Musically, this compilation represents the experiences we face on a regular basis, and the perspective of always being outsiders to society. So I brought together what I consider the truest expressions of current deathrock, which has been derived from queer culture from its inception. I wanted to lift the veil from the often overlooked, but most talented, artists of the genre. Together, these tracks create an alchemy that I think defines the truest expression within the dark subcultures.”

Stream Altar of Shadows in full here:

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Album art courtesy of Psychic Eye Records

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