Following the success of their EP, TSOL released Dance With Me, a dark but fun record that introduced the world to Goth Punk. With influences ranging from Black Flag, The Damned, and Misfits, TSOL made punk a black and bleak statement of rebellion all over again.
One of the best examples on this disc is "Code Blue", a creepy and fun semi-anthem about necrophilia. The track remains one of TSOL's definitive tracks and is well loved by punk fans world over.
The production on the album is way ahead of its time. The vocals are harsh but melodic and painful at the same time. The guitars give unmistakable punk speed to the mix, and the bass gives it that definitive goth sounds. Songs like "80 Times" "Sounds of Laughter" and "Code Blue" are probably some of the most amazing punk anthems ever recorded. The power and emotion in the songs sends chills down my spine.
The album is great because it features the explosive vocals of original frontman John Grisham, who left the band much later. Not sounding like anything else at that time, TSOL gave influence to millions of bands including The Offspring, AFI, and Danzig, and their songs have been covered by the likes of Slayer and Anthrax. Combining disturbing lyrics with haunting but undeniably catchy hooks, this is a must own for anyone who loves punk rock.