I’ve been slacking and forgot to do one of these last week. Sorry ’bout that!
Here it is:
Surrender (UK Clay) 1985
Attempting a gothic sound comparable to mid-period Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bryan Gregory’s first post-Cramps project, the aptly titled Beast, was nothing like his old group. The Beast’s three 45s in the early-’80s were of mixed quality, and Gregory soon faded into obscurity. His three bandmates, however, moved to the UK and forged ahead as the Veil, releasing an underrated album of dark poptones like “Manikin,” “Twist” (both singles) and “Love in a Dying World” (a Beast remake). Vocalist Andrella’s wispy voice and quasi-Egyptian shtick manage to charm even when some of the material does not.
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