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The legendary post-punk/goth band Sex Gang Children have re-released "Re-Enter The Abyss (The 1985 Remixes)" on their own label Liberation London. This limited edition has new cover artwork by Lara Gaudio and is pressed on collectible red vinyl. The album is a collection of tracks remixed by Baz Voce and originally released in 1985. Songs here were remixed for sonic quality only and are not dance remixes. The tracklist features tracks from the bands early period. We find two tracks from their first EP "Beasts", a few from their seminal debut album "Song And Legend" (which the band recently played live in its entirely during their May 2019 UK tour "Electric Jezebel") and tracks from their first singles, a-sides and b-sides.

On the first side of the record, we find "State Of Mind", "Killer K", "Shout And Scream", the classic "Sebastiane" and "Beasts". It is evident from the first listen that the mixes do give justice to the original versions, having a clearer sound, reducing especially the harsh guitars and bringing to the foreground the magnificent rhythm section. On the second side of the lavish red vinyl disc we first get "Into The Abyss (Extended Version)", here as a much longer version compared to the original single version. Next up we have the all-time favorite crowd pleaser "Deiche", "Times Of Our Lives" ending with a nice instrumental version of "Draconian Dream (Instrumental)", a more atmospheric mix that has jazzy piano added to it, making sound like the appropriate soundtrack for some dim illuminated bar. Although the tracks here are remixed, they still retain the raw energy and commitment of punk rock with the dark theatrics of goth, as the original takes.

Review by Nick Drivas

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