The Soft Moon never shies away from the darkness but on his latest, Exister , Luis Vasquez lets in a bit of the light. The album is still packed with the intense, edge-of-control industrial numbers fans expect, but amongst the lowest of the lows, this time Vasquez also give us a glimpse of some of the highs. It’s the agony and ecstasy of the human experience, portrayed by driving guitars, brutal percussion, and haunted vocals. The sounds spreads out at times, moving into ambient and metal dimensions, even as the compass points back to relentless gothic stomp of The Soft Moon’s signature sound. Exister hits all the right notes while taking Vasquez’s artistry into evolutionary new directions.