8 recent gems from the dark spectrum, from dark wave to cold wave and from minimal synth to post punk, and everything in between as long as its “bleak”. Essential for every “creature of the night”!

Pain In The Yeahs is the main artistic vehicle for Virginia, US native James K Ultra, ‘Former Terraformer’ is an authoritative opening track from the 4-track EP of the same title; An 80s fueled blend of post punk, synth-pop and gothic rock with dominant vocals and menacing synthesizers, but also catchy enough for dancing at your nearest “Dark” club!

Flange Circus genuinely mix proto-industrial, 80s dark wave, experimental electronic and cyber-punk ethos in their sublime banger ‘Three Foot Tall and Hairy’ taken from the just released album ‘Katabasis’ via AnalogueTrash Records. An epic, dark tale of monsters who live in the woods. Proceed with caution…

Mensa Deathsquad’s ‘Outrage’ is a super cathcy, upbeat, dark wave/synth-pop treat in the vein of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. Just think of Orgy’s version, since it’s a bit heavier. Good stuff!

West Wickhams create shivers down the spine with their stunning song ‘Hot Jump’, taken from the ‘Magenta’ EP. Jon Othello and Elle Flores, are the masterminds of this great post punk/psychedelic rock duo. Uncompromising, genre-breaking, and powerful music for demanding listeners….

Cult Swedish duo The Northern Territories are back in action after almost 2 decades, with the alluring single ‘Love Doesn´t Live Here Anymore’, that is a mixture of indie electronic, dark wave and chamber pop with great emotive vocals. The build-up after the 2nd minute is utterly breath-taking, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Return in absolute glory!

Tsunamiz hails from Portugal and ‘Attack’ marks the first release from the upcoming sixth studio album; This one is a great electro rock/new wave treasure ideal for dancing, and according to its creators is “about learning from our mistakes, moving on and “attacking” life like it’s a dance“.

Formed in Denver, Colorado Vatican Vamps just shared their 1st single off of their new album, that was inspired by the band’s lead singer’s time growing up in Salford, England in the 90s. The song is an eclectic mix of dark with alternative rock, and sounds like the bastard child of Echo & The Bunnymen with early-era Muse. Anthemic, highly melodic and with a larget-than-life chorus!

Finishing with the DIY-focused independent band from Berlin, Germany,  William Bleak and their authoritative post punk/dark wave banger, heavily influenced by legendary acts like The Sound (especially the guitar work) and The Cure. ‘Until you sleep’ is among the most outstanding tracks form the band’s 2023 album ‘Viva Lost Love’ and it’s destined for repeated listens. Play this beast loud!

Christos Doukakis