10. Pierced Arrows – Descending Shadows

Pierced Arrows - Descending ShadowsSecond album for Pierced Arrows, a band that rose out of the ashes of Dead Moon, is a new lesson in horror rock. Once again, in gorgeous monophonic sound, they explore torture, alienation and death. Song Paranoia is an album within an album, with layers of sounds and a thumping bass riff that winds down in a spiral of fear. Nobody does this more convincingly than Fred and Toody. But they also leave room this time for some simpler, almost romantic moment in song Ain’t Life Strange and This Time Around which both feature Toody on vocals.

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