Rocky Gray

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Rocky Gray is a Musician/Producer/ Film & Video Game Composer from Arkansas most recognized as a former member of Grammy Award winning, multi platinum goth rockers Evanescence and is a member of such acts as We Are The Fallen, Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced, and Even Devils Die.
My love of horror started from being scared silly at slumber parties around age 10. The first ones I saw were Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Fog, and Salem’s Lot. In middle school, I began reading Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ray Bradbury. It was a huge deal for me that my first horror movie at the theater was A Nightmare on Elm Street in 8th grade. I remember the days spending, what seemed like an eternity, going through the horror section at the video store.
Outside of writing and recording with his own projects he produces and mixes bands from all over the world.
Rocky is an avid fan of horror films and their soundtracks and has talked about his favorite genre flicks for the likes of Revolver Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and others.
Accursed was released on September 30th 2014, his first horror inspired solo effort that lead to him composing the original motion picture soundtrack for Nevermore Production Films 80s slasher throwback The Barn (available from Lunaris records on vinyl and cassette and digitally from iTunes and Amazon), the new Wicked Pixel Cinema movie IN MEMORY OF directed by Eric Stanze and the upcoming horror anthology Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories with several more soundtracks in the works for 2016 and 2017.?Gray has also composed music for Tripwire Interactives Killing Floor 2 video game that has sold over a million units (available on physical and digital media from Solid State Records) and the 8 bit NES style video game from Nevermore Production Films and Synersteel Studios The Barn: The Video Game as well as composing music for its 1990s style commercial.
Reviews of Accursed:
It is abundantly clear that Rocky Gray is a fervent fright film fan, based on his instrumental horror-influenced album Accursed. The record is soaked in the blood of terror cinema, while delivering a unique and powerful rock experience. I highly recommend Accursed, a dark ride through horror film nostalgia, and a mad descent into auditory thrills and chills.” – Eric Stanze, director of SCRAPBOOK, DEADWOOD PARK, and RATLINE
Rocky Gray’s Accursed album is the best soundtrack to a movie that never was. Whether it’s a late 70s grindhouse pic, an epic occult film, or even a straight up slasher flick, Rocky uses his deep knowledge of these films and their soundtracks and combines them with his musical talents to create a completely original album that is also hauntingly familiar. This is Rocky’s love letter to horror soundtracks of the last few decades, and it is amazing. – Ben Scrivens, FRIGHT-RAGS.COM
The concept of the imaginary soundtrack is such a cool idea; its a wonder that more musicians dont indulge in making them. Creating music to a film that only exists in the imagination must allow artists to give full reign to their most visionary of sounds, unencumbered by the demands of directors, editors, or movie studios. Artists as diverse as Barry Adamson, David Holmes, Olivia Tremor Control and Symmetry have all conjured up pretend cinematic music for the mind and body, while entire labels like Cineploit have created their own alternative soundtrack universe, releasing scores for films that never were but should have been. Stomping all over this genre of conjecture is the newest release from Rocky Gray, Accursed. Gray is a one man metal machine, a multi instrument virtuoso who has played in a variety of bands such as Shredded Corpse, Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced, Mourningside, We Are the Fallen, Evanescence, and Machina, and this wealth of musical experience informs the different styles featured on Accursed. Clearly, Gray is not only a music aficionado but a horror film connoisseur too, as the selections on Accursed sound like they have been ripped right out of the belly of the grindhouse. Starting off with the Fabio Frizzi goes industrial pound of Cannibal, Accursed references icons of horror film music like Goblin, John Carpenter, Ennio Morricone, and Claudio Simonetti , but establishes an original atmospheric sound that is referential but not slavishly imitative. Grays ability to genre hop from punk-metal to synthesized orchestration to euro disco to dissonant slabs of noise keeps Accursed exciting and unpredictable. Perhaps the finest tracks on Accursed are “Cemetery Ghoul” and “It Ends with an Exorcism”, songs that had me convinced I had heard them in Lucio Fulcis gory epics but are solely the products of Grays sinister sonic palette. Rocky Gray’s Accursed allows us to experience the joys of horror soundtracks but free of the overpowering visual associations that film music often has, encouraging the listener to be the director and indulge in our own personal dark visions.” – William Burns, HORROR NEWS NETWORK
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