NECROMANTIK SUNSHINE
THE PAIN OF PLEASURE
ALBUM CYBERWARE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2001 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 30, 2001

I really want to like this. And partly I do. Here are echoes of many of my favourite bands from my teens. Thereís a little Bauhaus, some Sisters of Mercy, part body, a little Alien Sex Fiend - you name it. As a bonus, there are also some nice dark cheap thrills, gothic punk and catchy melodies. So, whatís the problem, you may ask? Well, nothing really. Just that "The Pain of Pleasure" is like a blueprint of someone elseís music.
These Philadelphia lads doesnít seem able to come up with something on their own. In a typical American way, they take over, colonise, a lot of other peoples music. In a very un-American way, they fail to make it their own.
Maybe Necromatik Sunshine says it best themselves, when they sing: "You take the pain - you believe itís so romantic". They believe the pain to be romantic. They have not been there and brought back the dark stories. They just make them up.

KALLE MALMSTEDT