Goth’s Mutant Offspring: Witch House/Ghost Drone/Zombie Rave/Drag

Deep bass
digital runes

:: A Spell Has Been Cast ::


It’s one of chaos: there’s prattle over terminology in the insular world of ‘outsider music,’ and I can’t help but be amused.  Y’see, the English language has these things called “labels,” and the reaction people have to them reinforces the power of nomenclature.  Give it a try sometime: arrange a few consonants and vowels, toss ‘em around, see what kind of response you get.

Fetch, baby…It’s Fetch.

But what if the words aren’t words but rather occult symbols/symbology?  I’ve often wanted to speak in hieroglyphics — with cartoon captions, for added effect — but I just can’t seem to get band names like †‡† &  \\\^◊^/// to dance their way off my tongue.

They’re part of a scene that — as with any ‘scene’ — seems to have as many detractors as devotees, which I think is a good thing.  On one manicured claw, there’s the trappings of being pigeon-holed; on the other, opportunities that might present themselves through being Guilty By Association. Rather than tl;dr the obvious, how about I introduce the genres?  Sub-genres? [ Again: an argument I opt to file under None Of My Business ]


Witch House † Ghost Drone † Zombie Rave † Drag

With origins as questionable as to what extent they’ll have an effect, they’re like strands of the same virus — or a dark and murky exploration into a game of Choose Your Own Adventure.

Whatever the case, I’m backin’ the brilliant post “Enthralled By Thee Witch” by My Pal The Crook [ creative director,co-owner and founder of the streetwear line Мишка NYC ], who describes this mysterious burgeoning mileu as “Goth music for a new generation and a new millennium, fully embracing all the things that drew kids into the genre through the 70s and 80s — the secrecy, the occultism, the suspense, the danger, and the moodiness — but minus all the things that turned people off from it in the 90s: the neon dreads, the vinyl pants, the fangs, and the platform industrial boots.”

Fucking dead-on, that! Brings to mind a relevant aside from Hex Files: Resurrection to which I’m hereby formally applying an asterisk… I’ve got a choke-hold on A.D.H.D. at the moment, and want to turn you on to the prolific nightmare collective that MPTC’s blogature high—or, rather: LOW—lights, and whose death drones and surreal liquid dreamscapes have been dominating my laptop as of late.


The Trip Garden of El Diablo from Mater Suspiria Vision
:: complete with cornea-melting accompaniment by Cosmotropia de Xam ::

A toxic gumbo of the terrifying and terribly terrific, MATER SUSPIRIA VISION is a brilliant composite: The music they craft induces ripples of gooseflesh; the visual accompaniment renders a viewer spellbound.

Insofar as ‘Zombie Rave,’

Consider this a formal initiation:

Zombie Rave Mix-Tape: Special Edition

ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ — Another challenge insofar as vocal pronunciation : Doppleganger of MSV creates maddeningly ultra-limited-edition sets [ the first of which was capped at a hundred downloads; the next, at 200; the third, bumped to 300…a supply nowhere near ample, nonetheless ].

The Special Edition that’s linked above, however, has an

[ Translation: You want it? Then G E T . S O M E ! ]

from the coverage on Mishka’s bloglin:

“among all the runes and mysticism, these mixes are starting to present a clearer definition and a broader scope to Witch House. Zombie Raves reanimate the dead and bloated corpses of decades of pop, rock and dance hits until they’re wholly their own catchy and evil creations that get your body moving while freaking you the fuck out.”

+ Over an hour of slow gnawing at your soul and corpus callosum + AWAITS + THEE +

Although now and next: Here’s a particularly fine find I feel it imperative to share — as it’s an excellent intro to the By Whatever/Witchever-Name-Of-It-All, as well as a killer set :

Thee † † Haunted House MIX † † by a young gent creating under the moniker  Story of Isaac
*[ update: Story of Isaac has evolved into a project entitled CRIM3S ;
however, I’ve kept this most legendary mix available for download . ]

— or —

Want just a taste without having to commit to the entire trip?

A few I consider among
T H E . E S S E N T I A L S , S H O R T . L I S T :


The track “IcX99″ by White Ring is astronomical . . .

Ditto, same
the weather conducted by

a creator-of-inky-hued-masterpieces known as


An Additional Download :

:: free your inhibitions “Somewhere [Under] The [ BLΛCK RΛ!NB0VV ]…” ::
and platinum-hued dreams you never fathomed

might feel as if they come true,
at the very least

[ If it was good enough for Judy Garland, bby ♥; then it’s good enough for you ]


and then / and then / and then

go ahead and swish the bile around; have a taste of  ΔAIMON


O Oh…

Whether it’s from the arts or the arts—that’s “arts” with a

for the letter a, mind you —
this ketamine-paced audio esotericism has me entranced

Though merely a slip and skitter across the surface of black ice
spreading like a contagion, a list of clicky-links
hereby follows

:: musical divination ::


Balam Acab




V‡S kULt

:: labels ::


Tri Angle Records

Clan Destine Records


:: further exploration ::

The Witch House Community on Vimeo

as well as
:: journalistic goulash ::

Joey Hansom of ExPatriarch

Bryan White of Cinema Suicide

Rohan at The New Gay

jawillisetc’s first post at malleus&incus


jawillisetc’s second post

Stop Making Séance : brilliant blogature and downloadable mix by
Meatbreak of Not For Resale


In closing, here’s the quotation by Mick Mercer I mentioned earlier: “Despite recent years of rampant recidivism and revisionism, Goth somehow still retains its intrinsic sense of beauty and dignity, as well as prevarication, bitchiness and mania. That’s as it should be. It’s a contrary child. During our time period we are going to see the merging of more technology and classical elements with the mating of guitars with thought and direct noise, of different nationalities producing their own distinct strains that will then go on to influence others. Nobody must ever adhere to what they, personally, have experienced as ‘the past.’ You can never live in a Golden Era. That is up to later generations to decide. If there is anyone reading this who still hankers after the days of The Mission, Sisters or The Nephilim, your determination to keep something dead alive is mad. Would you deliberately save food until three years after its sell-by date for an almighty feast? Do you…yearn for medical operations without anesthetic? No, of course not[;] so why hold on? If you have no wish to actively support Goth society, stay indoors. You are barred. Here, we saved you a Meatloaf compilation; you’ll enjoy that. Everyone else is looking for what is new, to enjoy it. To participate in it. I think it’s called being alive.”

[ excerpt taken from the 664 pg. long beast of a book, Hex Files: Resurrection which — as with further exploration of Witch House — I highly recommend. ]

☽ ♆ ☾

C’est le Mort!

Comments (21)

  1. 7:51 am, April 24, 2014sarah tashay  / Reply

    Great post. I’m just getting into the style and dipping my toes with the sound, but am falling in love with bands like White Ring, The Synthetic Dream Foundation, Modern Witch, Grimes, etc.

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  9. 6:32 pm, July 12, 2012Vulnavia  / Reply

    “…Everyone else is looking for what is new, to enjoy it. To participate in it. I think it’s called being alive.” Such a great quote, such a great post (just returning to it again, again!!)

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  14. 3:46 pm, November 14, 2010worm  / Reply

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  15. 11:38 pm, November 2, 2010laer sprog  / Reply

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  17. 6:01 pm, October 4, 2010Garretot  / Reply

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  18. 8:28 pm, September 27, 2010Boheme Noir  / Reply

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  19. 7:34 pm, September 18, 2010c13  / Reply

    Great post. I’m going to look into this more now…

  20. 1:25 am, September 14, 2010Meatbreak  / Reply

    Hihi. This is a great post – good blog! Love the tone of your writing. Thanks for the repost to my mix and the kind words – of course I found you from the big bump it gave it. Glad you and your readers are digging it.

    Here’s to the New Wave of Internet Occultism


  21. 9:12 am, September 7, 2010UlyaKasha  / Reply

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