A couple of years ago I found this record distro company, Middle Pillar
, based out of Queens, and I swear, they are like the Target of dark / goth music -- you just can't stop buying stuff once you start! I found them after getting a Changelings CD, which led to some more Changelings CDs, then this amazing dark ambient meditation music The Unquiet Void, something else, then a whole bunch of stuff I got after I emailed them and said "Do yo have something that sounds like X?" Including Qntal, which I *love* -- gotta get more of that.
Anyway, this week I took their "newly available" catalog and actually went through it like the old Sears catalogs, starring stuff that sounded good. And now I just got their monthly email. SO tempting! All kinds of Medieval or "classical" style dark music or industrial... and then "martial" (what is that?) What I think I will do since, hey, I've got some guaranteed money these next few months at least, is look up as many of the "tempting" albums as I can, finding band sites and album samples, then picking like 5 or so to get.
The only exception to the "must presample" rule is some of the German goth magazines that come with a CD and cost like $11. I'm sorry, but I pretty much think if it's German I'll probably love it, whether it's bad OR good. Plus it comes with a magazine and damn, German magazines are often INSANE, so good deal -- wacko (or maybe even good!) CD plus magazine.