Prior to receiving this record for review I had never heard of Beastmilk. The only thing I knew was that the cover art looked cool and I like the name Beastmilk. I didn't know what to expect as far as their sound was concerned, but something about the record was compelling without even listening.Had you given me the description that I am about to give you, I would have written this off as shit and moved on without hitting play, so bear with me.

Right when I heard "Death Reflects Us", the opening track of Climax, my interest was piqued. I felt like I was listening to a tranquilized Misfits in a dream. The vocals performed by Kvhost are the closest to Glenn Danzig that I have ever heard. What makes it odd is this isn't your traditional punk rock record with all things jagged and rapid. Climax isn't totally void of sharp edges, but the majority is soft and pulsing with a cold 80's goth vibe. You couldn't pay me to listen to a playlist of Joy Division, Echo and The Bunnymen, Bauhaus and Morrisey, but somehow Beastmilk combine them all, add a little Danzig and have created something that I am seriously considering as one of my favorite records of the year.

Another surprise on this record is that it was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge) of God City Studios. I'm not sure what his work history is like outside of hardcore and metal, but he has done a hell of a job on Climax. The whole record has an engulfing tone that gets comfortable quick.

If you are looking for something new that still sounds familiar, than this is the record for you. I'm glad I took a chance on it and I suspect you will too.