The “SMOKE AND SPOTLIGHT” compilation series started as a cooperation between X-Pop Society and death-rock.de, but turned into a sole death-rock.de project soon.
The goal of the series is to provide a free promoton platform for new bands from all over the world and at the same time raise a little money to make gigs at death-rock.de events possible (like Outsider-Party or messthetics) possible – these event unfortunately usually not bring in the money it costs to organise them.
The compilations came out between 2006 and 2011 in spring (always before WGT) and were sold for only 6 EUR each. So far there have been six volumes with a total of 121 tracks from 27 countries.
The CDs are sold out for a long time already – but they are still available as a digital download on Bandcamp!
In May 2023, finally a new SMOKE AND SPOTLIGHT Compilation was released with Vol. 7 – this time only on Bandcamp and with the proceeds going to the European Association for Palliative Care.