Bands of Gothic Pogo XII: Horror Vacui


today we are presenting to you: Horror Vacui from Bologna, Italy! We’re really glad to have them over! Read more…


Horror Vacui officially started in early 2010 even though some songs and the idea of a goth/death rock band were already alive at least 5 years before when some of the members were living in London. After some line up changes and some practices, we found a stable line up in December 2010. We played our first show in June 2011 supporting The Estranged and a month later we recorded 6 songs that we distributed for free on CD (100 copies pressed) to friends we were meeting on the road during the Kontatto (another band where two of us play in) tour in Summer 2011. The promo CD got really good responses so we decided to press 200 official Demo CD’s with the same tracklist but with a more professional attempt. A lot of promoters, bands, zines, labels got in touch so we started playing live a lot, recording stuff and writing new tunes. In March 2012 we recorded a 12 songs session and released two records off it:

Can You Still See Reality? 7” EP (Legion Of The Dead Records – May 2012)

In Darkness You Will Feel Alright LP/CD/Tape (Legion Of The Dead Records / Avant! Records / HPGD Productions – October 2012)


In December ’12 / January ’13 we toured France and Spain with the Spanish peace punk band Sect (former members of Belgrado in the line up) and in September 2013 we toured Europe ending at the mighty dark night at The Enemy Of The Sun Festival in Prague. In March 2014 we recorded another 10 songs session and two more records saw the light:

Limited U.S.A. Tour 2 tracks 7” EP (Mass Media Records – October 2014)

Return Of The Empire LP/CD/Tape (U.S. press on Black Water Records / HPGD Productions – October 2014 and European press on Legion Of The Dead Records / Avant! Records – June 2015)

In October / November 2014 we toured the U.S.A. The West Coast has been toured together with the peace punk band Vivid Sekt from Portland (former members of Arctic Flowers and Moral Hex in the line up), while the East Coast has been toured just by ourselves.


In August / September 2015 we toured Europe again and played some important festivals like La Semana Gotica (Madrid) and Sacrosanct (Reading). In 2016 we played some festivals around Europe like the Evil Fest in Southern Italy, The Return To The Batcave in Wroclaw and the Scumfest in London. 2017 saw us going back to the West Coast to play the Manic Relapse festival in Oakland, California plus 8 more shows from Los Angeles to Seattle. We released a special flexi limited edition with two brand new songs called “Die Schwartzen Keller Session” released by the band itself and only available at our shows.


Our music is heavily influenced by the old UK goth rock like Bauhaus, The Chameleons, Lords Of The New Church, Screaming Dead, Fields Of the Nephilim, Sisters Of mercy, The Damned etc. and the old Californian death rock like Christian Death, 45 Graves, Mephisto Waltz, Screams For Tina, Kommunity FK and so on. Our lyrics deal more with the typical anarcho punk topics like the disgust for war, government, fascism, todays society etc etc.

Since we started playing, we’ve been invited to open for many bands we grew up with, like Christian Death, Theatre Of Hate, The Chameleons, The Mob, Spears Of destiny, Part 1, The Zoundz etc.

In 2011 we started a new collective called Legion Of The Dead (that also became the label we release our records for) with the goal to start booking d.i.y. shows in our squat in Bologna Atlantide for the new bands who approached the revival of the goth/wave/death rock style. So far we booked shows for Belgrado (Spain), Dystopian Society (Italy), The Estranged (U.S.A.), Tanzkommando Untergang, Bellicose Minds, Wind Atlas, Shadowhouse, Rakta, Terminal Gods, His Electro Blue Voice, Havah and tons of local acts.

The current line up is:

Koppa: vocals
Masbucci: guitar
Marziona: guitar
Lara: bass
Aggio: drums

We all play in other bands: Kontatto (D-beat), Intothebaobab (anarcho punk), Doxie (all grrrls punk rock), Ancient Cult (70’es rock); and we run Atlantide squat in Bologna.