Review Revue: Specimen - Batastrophe

I spent a little time in my youth hanging out with people who identified as goth. I never really got completely into the scene, but I did enjoy going to some of their dance nights at a local club and smoking their clove cigarettes. If I had paid a little more attention to goth culture, I’m sure I would have heard of the band Specimen before now; everything I’m reading online makes them sound pretty key to the origins of the goth scene, both musically and stylistically (original keyboardist Jonny Slut is credited by many with inventing the deathhawk, for crying out loud). Over three decades after their inception, and after many lineup changes and I’m sure much drama (they have almost three times as many former members as they do current members), the band is still playing live and recording. You can even hear some previews from their forthcoming album over at their Soundcloud page.

Based on the descriptions I’ve read of the band and their music, I wasn’t expecting such wholehearted approval from the KCMU gang, but it sounds like this was quite a hit around the station.


“These are the English guys who started the whole ‘Batcave’ movement, club and record. WATCH! for COLD endings!! Pronounce ‘Batastrophe’ like ‘Catastrophe.’”

“Sounds good. Try ‘Returning . . .’”

“Heavy? Pretty light if you ask me!”

“Great record!!”

“Every cut a killer!”

“DON’T STEAL THIS RECORD”

“11 years later, I don’t think you have to worry . . .”

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