ARTISTS: THE JUDAS KISS PRESENTS: PAST, PRESENT AND FOREVER
CD: Kaosthetik Konspiration 
Ltd x 420
Front: Singing Sodomy
Kiss, for those not in the know, is a magazine / journal / whatever which
prides itself on covering all aspects of Industrial Culture. Primarily
devoted to music within all genres it has delved into the darker waters
of some very strange and peculiar practices which hold a repulsive fascination
for most normal people. Being printed in small numbers and arriving infrequently
(blame Lee Powell whose vision this solely is) each edition is sold out
quickly and has become something of a cult item amongst those in the know.
Over the years it has slowly lost its reputation for taking itself far
too seriously but held onto the belief that the freedom to express your
thoughts is the right of the individual. Publish and be damned indeed.
"Past, Present and Forever" is a fitting title for this compilation. For within this recording are to be found Spiritual Front, Stimulus, Coph Nia, Of the Wand and the Moon, Blood Axis, Midnight Syndicate, As All Die, Allerseelen, Von Thronstahl, Days of the Trumpet Call, The Caretaker, Project Fahr and Caithness. A veritable who’s who of highly accomplished musicians. Of course every compilation ever put out suffers from the problem that not every track on it will appeal to everyone and "Past, Present and Forever" is no different in this respect.
tracks by Stimulus and Caithness, I hate to say, did absolutely nothing
for me. Every other act, apart from Spiritual Front and Midnight Syndicate
and Project Fahr of whom more later, I know so well having collected all
their official releases. I’ll not even write up these illustrious
acts because the names Coph Nia, Of the Wand and the Moon, Blood Axis,
As All Die, Alerseelen, Von Thronstahl, Days of the Trumpet Call and The
Caretaker have stamped their footprints forged in steel, giants amongst
mere men, within their respective spheres of music and need no introduction.
On the million to one chance that you haven’t had the pleasure of
their uplifting music then these tracks will act as a guidance for further
future investigation. Spiritual Front and Midnight Syndicate took me by
surprise. The EBM influenced track by Spiritual Front was a guilty pleasure
as too the Gothic soundscape by Midnight Syndicate. Project Fahr’s
slightly ambient electronic noise adventure was also better than hoped
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