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MUSIC REVIEW: Danzig – Skeletons (2015)

We all know and love Mr. Glenn Danzig, the man behind the almighty Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig. What most suspected and read in past interviews is that he was heavily influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison. I mean, he’s like the evil version of both that’s wrapped into a ball of energy that, honestly, after seeing him live a couple of times, I think cannot be matched by a lot of people in his age bracket. So he brings us now Danzig Skeletons.
For many years we all waited for an album to come out in which Danzig would cover some of heaviest influences. Finally, as of 2015 he did, and it’s a glorious record. Listening to Glenn speak in interviews and with the unexpected reunion of the Misfits 2 Riotfest gigs, you can see he’s really getting nostalgic and so an album like this is pretty cool to have on his resume, paying homage to some things and introducing fans of his to music they may not have heard prior. A couple of tracks from some B film biker flicks really threw me off, but when you listen to the original versions, it makes sense as to why he would throw his particular style into it.
Danzig - Skeletons / Fair use doctrine.
So let’s get down to business:
Devil’s AngelsThis was taken from the theme song of an old biker movie. Straight up I had hopes that maybe he would revisit the O.G. punk rock sound of The Misfits with some of this, and this one did it. A very well done number with some throw back punk rock that made us all fall in love with Mr. Danzig.
SatanAnother number that has that old time biker film jive to it. I had never heard of this, so I researched the original and found it to be mega slow, and, I don’t know, I always thought bikers were supposed to be hard and mean, and this didn’t do it for me. However, good ol’ Glenn really threw in some of that bluesy metal vibe and smashed it. Definitely made it more convincing to the reader.
Let Yourself GoAn Elvis number that isn’t very well known unless you’re a die hard fan and not just a fair weather Presley fan. Really, there’s no difference. Danzig nailed this one PERFECTLY.
N.I.B.By far my favorite Black Sabbath song, and I’ve heard many people cover this one and even considered covering it myself. I can’t say it’s my favorite version, but it’s definitely in the top 3. It’s slowed down a bit, and Danzig puts his own spin on it, of course, and really turned it into a Danzig song. If you hadn’t known Sabbath was the original artist, you’d think it was a Danzig tune for sure.
Lord of the ThighsAerosmith... uh, yeah, you read that correctly. An older Aerosmith number that was great originally, and then Glenn gets a hold of it and adds that metal flair and really gave it some justice. I’m sure anyone who knows the original and then hears this will absolutely love it. Putting that Danzig twist to it really makes a difference in the song’s dynamic.
Action WomanAnother song I had never heard prior to this, originally recorded by some band called The Litter. I felt, after listening to the original, that if Danzig wasn’t in the punk scene, this would have been his band. No doubt about it, he took this song and again made it a tune of his own with the carried out notes and guitar squeals. It has Danzig 1 all over it.
Rough BoyWhat’s funny about this whole record is there are songs by bands that you’re not going to expect. This one is brought to us by ZZ Top. I was not expecting to hear this; again, though, it’s very well done and perfectly arranged, really paying great homage to the original. I don’t care for ZZ Top, but to see what’s up, I listened to it and found it a good representation.
With a Girl Like YouDanzig frequently can be incoherent in his lyrical projection. When I listened to this one, I thought that’s what was going on here, but nope, the original has the same vibe. I’m not so stoked about this one as the others, the distorted bass really throws off the vibe of the song and kind of gets annoying after 45 seconds.
Find SomebodyThis is another tune that sounds as if they were dying down towards the end of writing. Not very well arranged and sounds as if the whole band may be falling asleep. I’ve heard this one in original form a few dozen times, and it doesn’t really pay homage as well as they could have.
Crying in the RainOriginally recorded by The Everly Brothers, it was an amazing song then, and the way Danzig recorded it is fantastic. Light instruments and some echoed out vocals. It’s a fantastic way to end this album.
Overall, Danzig did a fantastic job with this record. A few songs could have been represented better, but who am I to say? They stayed true to a bluesy but metal style and picked songs that represented the Danzig sound.

The Vortexx – Hosted Horror: Schedule for 19 June – 26 June 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
JUNE 19 - JUNE 26, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

The Vortexx Hosts
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got another great line-up of hosts, shows, and movies for your viewing and chatting pleasure this week with several Vortexx favorites and a field trip to the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. Our hosts are Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, Mr. Lobo, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, Ghosts on the Big Brown Couch, Lord Blood-Rah, The Bone Jangler & Coven girls Nocturna and Penny Layne, and (at the Peninsula of Horror) Professor Gillman, Freezer Mortis & Oliver. Check out the schedule for details about all the fine shows airing this week in The Vortexx. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

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Sunday (6/19) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly present another cinematic gem from the Golden Age of Black and White (and a Vortexx favorite) -- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962). Affectionately known to its many fans as "The Brain That Wouldn't Shuddup" and "Jan in the Pan," this film has everything that a B-movie fan could possibly ask for -- mutants, mad doctors, talking heads, cat fighting strippers, and some of the sleaziest, most infectious music you've ever heard. [Artwork courtesy of Arachna of the Spider People.]

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Monday (6/20) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO
presents Ed Wood's
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)

CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO returns to The Vortexx with Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). A couple of pompous aliens in silk pajamas (Dudley Manlove and Joanna Lee) and their leader The Ruler (Bunny Breckinridge) plan to resurrect Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson as slow moving zombies. Why? Because all you of Earth are Idiots! Bela died shortly before shooting began, so Ed used some footage he had of Bela, wrote a script around it, and persuaded his wife's chiropractor (Tom Mason) to shoot the rest of the scenes with a cape hiding his face. Did he really think no one would notice? We're sure Mr. Lobo is going to have a lot of fun with this one!

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Tuesday (6/21). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
RATTLERS (1976)

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, and Ali Katt presents RATTLERS (1976). When two young boys are savagely attacked and killed by a legion of rattlesnakes in a small California desert town, the local sheriff (Tony Ballen) calls upon herpetologist Dr. Tom Parkinson (Sam Chew) to discover why the snakes are displaying abnormal aggression. Their investigation leads them to a nearby army base, where the commanding officer, Colonel Stroud (Dan Priest), seems strangely reluctant to help them. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests John Masino Band - JMB and more!

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Wednesday (6/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE LATE DR. LADY SHOW
presents Mario Bava's
BLACK SABBATH (1964)

THE LATE DR. LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects presents Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH (1964). This excellent trilogy of terror is hosted by Boris Karloff, who also stars in the third (and arguably best) episode -- "The Wurdalak." Based on a story by Tolstoy, it's about a family in nineteenth-century Russia who are plagued by a particularly vicious line of vampires. Boris sets out to destroy them, only to become one himself. The other two episodes are about a nurse who steals a diamond ring from the hand of a dead clairvoyant (with somewhat predictable results) and a hooker who receives threatening calls from a dead man she betrayed. Originally released as I tre volti della paura (Three Faces of Fear), this movie was Boris's only screen appearance as a vampire, so don't miss it! [Movie poster courtesy of Doktor Sick.]

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Thursday (6/23) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
GHOSTS ON THE BIG BROWN COUCH
present Larry Buchanan's
THE NAKED WITCH (1961)

GHOSTS ON THE BIG BROWN COUCH return to The Vortexx as our three lovely ghosts (Dori, Becky, and Babs) along with Johnny (the guy who moved into their apartment) present Larry Buchanan's THE NAKED WITCH (1961). A witch (who happens to be both beautiful and naked) is brought back from the grave and embarks on a campaign of revenge against the descendants of the folks who were responsible for her death. This is the film that helped launch Buchanan's career -- which, by the way, is NOT a good thing.

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Friday (6/24) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE
presents
DEAD MEN WALK (1943)

George Zucco has a dual role as a Satan worshipper who returns from the grave to menace his twin brother, a kindly small-town physician. Dwight (Renfield) Frye plays bad-guy Zucco's hunchback henchman. It's fun to watch Zucco, who plays a villain in most movies, working both sides of the street. And you can depend on Lord Blood-Rah to spice up the mix with some cool trailers and a Cranial Cavity Search.

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Saturday (6/25) @ 8:00 P.M. (ET)
THE PENINSULA OF HORROR
-- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts --
presents
A CASE OF MURDER CHAT NIGHT!

First up at 8 (ET) FORMERLY CRAPPICS with Freezer Mortis presents THE TICKET OF LEAVE MAN (1937). An ex-convict on parole ("ticket of leave") who is falsely accused of a series of murders must prove his innocence by catching the real murderer -- a crazed serial killer known as The Tiger (the aptly named Tod Slaughter). Along with the movie, there will be expert analysis and "color commentary" by our favorite serial killer and neighborhood psychopath -- Oliver from OLIVER'S TWISTED BARGAIN BASEMENT MIDNIGHT MOVIE STONER FRIENDLY FREAK SHOW. Then stick around at approximately 10 (ET) as THE PROFESSOR GILLMAN SHOW presents THE BLOODY BROOD (1959). Peter (Columbo) Falk chews the scenery as Nico, the psychotic leader of a drug-dealing gang of beatniks, while Prof. Gillman chews even more scenery as Lt. Gillumbo of the Lagoon Angeles Police Dept. in one of our all-time favorite Professor Gillman episodes. There will be a Pre-Fourth of July “Strike Up The Band” PreShow for The Early Boids at 7 (ET), and Professor Gillman will be broadcasting LIVE from Lagoon House between the shows.

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PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's feature will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror's Livestream channel -- livestream.com/tpoh. Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of
Horror
.

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Sunday (6/26) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE BONE JANGLER
presents
THE DEVIL'S HAND (1962)

THE BONE JANGLER with co-hosts Nocturna and Penny Layne presents THE DEVIL'S HAND (1962). Tonight's movie is about a group of cultists led by Commissioner Gordon of the Batman TV series (Neil Hamilton) who worship a Devil God named Camba. The cultists spend most of their time chanting and dancing to exotic sounding flute and drum beats, but their leader also has a nifty sacrifice machine consisting of a wheel with sharp swords. Of course, the real fun of tonight's show is not the movie itself but the clever host bits, as well as the numerous sound inserts and nostalgic commercials that TBJ throws into the mix. This was Penny's second appearance on the show, shot a month after her famous "ladder" scene in the TBJ Christmas special.

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The Official Beers of The Vortexx!
Executioner's Ale! A bloody good red ale crafted in the torture chamber of the Crimson Executioner. Sock Stout! The sock with the hops. A thick and creamy head just for you. [Sock Stout is a trademark of Raen, used with permission.]

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Amazon Andy is the creation of Nick Polotta, a very gifted writer and comedian who, sadly, passed away on April 13, 2013.

Totino's Pizza Rolls, Crimson Royal Jelly, and Amazon Andy's Southern Fried Tarantula Legs! The original sponsors of the Vortexx!

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The Official Food of The Vortexx!
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BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow airs Tuesday at 9 (ET)

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Egg Bleach! The all-purpose antiseptic for treatment of cuts, scratches, and abrasions. And now you can touch up those "intimate" parts of your body with the all-new Egg Anal Bleach!

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TYPE O NEGATIVE

untitled (4)By John Roisland

TYPE O NEGATIVE

In honor of the late Peter Steele celebrating his birthday January 4th, I bring you my personal tribute two Type O Negative.

Formed in 1989, Type O Negative, out of Brooklyn, New York, hit the hard core/heavy metal scene with a sound that was of their own. Heavily influenced by The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and The Doors, the "Drab Four", as they were nicknamed, lyrically gave us songs about romance, depression, death loss, addiction, vampirism, and hate. The lyrics were often with a very dark sense of humor that lady over many of their songs.

When I was first introduced to the band, just after the 1991 release of their first album Slow, Deep and Hard, I thought to myself, "Okay, not bad". But at the time, I was into heavy thrash metal, so these guys weren't fast enough for me. But before I knew it, I was absolutely in love with them. They just made sense to me at that point in my life; the lyrics, spoke to me. I can remember putting their CD on repeat while I would be home and my old roommate getting very pissed after hearing about 4 hours of Christian Woman!

Over the years their creative style and dark imagery was burned into my heart, my mind, and my soul. It inspired me to the point that if I were an artist, Type O Negative would have easily been my muse. And the odd thing is that they have actually inspired me to do artwork every time I've listened to them in recent years. The Brooklyn New York music scene was known for its hardcore bands, Agnostic Front and  Sick Of It All for example, and then some long haired guys come on stage with songs about vampires and a following of their own.

With the 1993 release Bloody Kisses, they took the world by storm! Type O Negative were now touring the world over and over again. A follow-up album in 1996, October Rust, earned them critical acclaim. From one album to the next as each followed, their level of maturity grew in their music, as lyrically they  became darker, more emotional, and more personal. The last three albums, World Coming Down, Life Is Killing Me, and Dead Again, were both incredible and very sad, because you could hear him singing about his real life monsters: alcoholism and paranoia brought on from newest vice, cocaine.

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Lead singer Pete Steele was a monster of a man who stood 6'8 and towered over everybody on stage. Though I am 6' tall, the few times I was fortunate enough to have met Mr. Steele, my neck was sore from looking up at him. He was an incredible person to talk to, and he spoke genuinely and honestly. He didn't hold back, which I appreciated,  but he was also a very shy and depressed person. Steele suffered from being both bipolar and clinically depressed, which led him to drink before going on stage to get over his stage fright, and he sometimes consumed an entire bottle or two of red wine while on stage to continue.

Their shows were always phenomenal, no special effects, no fancy light show, just four guys performing great music. I think seeing them in DC on Halloween night was very suiting! Their songs are ones that you could dance to, throw down in a pit, work out, have on in the background while you were doing things around the house, or even have sex to, but their music to me was much more. Their music was never, ever turned off if ever their song was playing. I always allowed it to finish. I'm not trying to say that every song they wrote was  masterpiece, but there was never one that I could say I didn't like either.

Listening to Peter Steele's voice always amazed me. This 6'8 mountain of muscle had a voice that could hit some of the lowest sounds I've ever heard. It was as if you were listening to Lurch from The Addams Family singing to you, and on the flip side has voice with so melodic and graceful. If you didn't know who he was, you may have thought to put a battle axe in his hands and throw him into a set of Conan the Barbarian, but you wouldn't think of him as a a singer.

Back in my day, every time Type O Negative  came to town I always had my tickets and never missed a show. No matter how big or small it was, it was  always a great show. It didn't matter who they were performing with , the  likes of Danzig, Pantera. or taking a night off from a major tour and doing a small club show unannounced, they were always awesome!

Peter Steele died April 14th, 2010 from heart failure due to an aortic aneurysm at only 48 years old. I miss Type O Negative a lot, I still listen to it all the time.  As a  matter of fact, it's the most popular played Pandora station that I have. I listen to it at work, in the car, and any chance I get. The memories that I have of them are very strong though they weren't  everybody's cup of tea. The friends that I hung with were all metal heads and hardcore music fans. I was the Type O fan of my group, and they all knew and respected that.

The untimely death of Peter Steele and the end of the band hurt. I was living in Florida at the time and had just got home from work. I turned the computer on and saw the headlines. I was crushed! Memories of their concerts, sounds of the music, and friends I was with as their music played thru out the years came rushing to me like a hail storm of bullets.

To this day , through me, their music lives on and always will. People always ask one another, "What's your favorite...?" Well, I don't know what my favorite food, or actor is. Not sure what my favorite movie is (unless its horror), but I do know what my favorite band is, ..... Type O Negative.

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So to Peter Steele, Kenny Hickey, Josh Silver and Johnny Kelly, I thank you for the music and memories that were and will be made through it.

And to Peter, I hope you are no longer fighting with your monsters, and can nest rest easy.  We miss you.

Keep It Evil.