metal

I’ll start with this little history lesson in why I do music, and why it means a lot. My roots of music and the “scene” are deeply rooted in punk rock. I have listened to music from bands that were recorded in shitty garages on a Talkboy (throwback…woot), I’ve heard bands demos that were so grainy and poorly produced that you can barely make out the vocals and maybe half the instruments. BUT production quality never mattered to me on if the band was good or not. IF the band and their songs were good, it showed through all the shit they did to record. I respect the underground with more regard than I do the highly paid production bullshit because I am the underground; it’s where I’m from and what I call home. From garage handheld recording to studio- to self-recording on computer software, I have been through it all myself; I’ve heard it all and talent is talent no matter what the quality of the recording.

So what I have been chosen to take on the task of listening to anything and everything that comes through the Tortured Souls realm.

Sometimes we are asked in the multimedia, journalistic business to do things as part of our job. The thing about this line of business is that we are tasked with watching movies, reading books, listening to music that sometimes makes us rethink our position in the world. Sometimes it makes us wonder why we even tell people, “Yes, you can do the thing you’re doing!”. We receive many different things in our mailboxes ranging from music, Indie films, even art review requests. Not always is what we are presented with great and fun and amazing. So now I’m going to present to you an album that was sent to us here at House of Tortured Souls by a band called S.H.O.U.T. Now let me say up front, this band came to us, with a warning that we would be honest in our reviewing. They wanted to be reviewed, so they’re getting reviewed.

At first look of the people making this music, I thought to myself, “Why’s this guy look like Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. raped Nikki Sixx while wearing a Power Rangers villain costume?” Instantly I judged by the cover. Which we are taught not to do as children, I did though and I soon figured out that I was right in my judgment. The first track on this album was LOUD super loud and sounded like a karaoke mic with too much reverb. You ever watch the episode of The Venture Brothers where some alien comes from space, and the team has to find pieces of Jonas Venture’s lost machine to put together, just to kill this guy? Well, it sounded like the alien. With that said, I thought, “Intros are always a little weird. I’ve made some myself that made no sense so whatever.” Song 2 plays, and I’m hit with something less than to be desired. The production of it was very unclear, and that’s fine usually but this was like hitting record while the garbage disposal was broken and stuck in the ON position.

I don’t know how to describe this music other than if the Decepticons decided to fight giant cats instead of the Autobots. As they stepped on their tails the screaming from Megatron was so fierce all of the pots and pans in the world that are placed in cabinets with loose doors fall to the floor of every household was used for the drum line. The guitars almost felt like the speakers were punctured with Skeletor’s voice. I decided to skip ahead to the next track, and it was just as unattractive. Then I got to thinking, maybe this is a band that does this on purpose to get a rise out of people? Perhaps they’re the kind of band from a rural area where they are the only band at all in the vicinity and thus the Amish tell them they are awesome? I am truly unsure what they are about I can say for certain though. The example I was given was less than to be desired all across the board. People sometimes get their hands on some used gear, plug in and play without even learning how to tune an instrument. These are called 12-year-olds, so as adults I’m not sure what was happening here.

As an independent musician, I can offer this: The world is a cruel place, I have had bad reviews in my day, and soon John Roisland here with House of Tortured Souls will be reviewing my whole discography (I just volunteered him for that). I do not at all expect praise. I expect honesty and that’s what you get when you toss your album out there. So Take note S.H.O.U.T.: Practice Practice Practice. Take time to learn the trade instead of throwing on some Mercyful face makeup and strumming an untuned guitar thinking rock stardom is next. Maybe find a phone booth time machine, go into the future and take guitar lessons and come back to win the battle of the bands by playing a KISS cover of an Argent song. Or you can just learn yo’ mother fucking shit. I watched the videos and I listened to the album, I feel like this whole project is satirical in a way that isn’t funny at all. I’ve listened to terrible music… Fuck, I do listen to terrible music according to most people’s opinions. I even make terrible music to most. This though, I do not recommend it unless you’re using it as a lesson on what not to sound like. Now take note again, you may be reading this and thinking, “Damn Schock is a fucking cocksucker.” No..they asked for this and were warned on the honesty of the ordeal. So before you think I’m being harsh. Watch the following videos and see for yourself just what is going on here.

So with that, I bid you all a good evening and go ahead with your name calling and blah blah. Not everything is going to be a bomb ass review. Not every band that comes our way is going to be the next big thing. Music is Life… Don’t shit on life.

Review: S.H.O.U.T. Set Your Drinks Down

Review: S.H.O.U.T. Set Your Drinks Down

I’ll start with this little history lesson in why I do music, and why it means a lot. My roots of music and the “scene” are deeply rooted in punk rock. I have listened to music from bands that were recorded in shitty garages on a Talkboy (throwback…woot), I’ve heard bands demos that were so grainy and poorly produced that you can barely make out the vocals and maybe half the instruments. BUT production quality never mattered to me on if the band was good or not. IF the band and their songs were good, it showed through all the shit they did to record. I respect the underground with more regard than I do the highly paid production bullshit because I am the underground; it’s where I’m from and what I call home. From garage handheld recording to studio- to self-recording on computer software, I have been through it all myself; I’ve heard it all and talent is talent no matter what the quality of the recording.

So what I have been chosen to take on the task of listening to anything and everything that comes through the Tortured Souls realm.

Sometimes we are asked in the multimedia, journalistic business to do things as part of our job. The thing about this line of business is that we are tasked with watching movies, reading books, listening to music that sometimes makes us rethink our position in the world. Sometimes it makes us wonder why we even tell people, “Yes, you can do the thing you’re doing!”. We receive many different things in our mailboxes ranging from music, Indie films, even art review requests. Not always is what we are presented with great and fun and amazing. So now I’m going to present to you an album that was sent to us here at House of Tortured Souls by a band called S.H.O.U.T. Now let me say up front, this band came to us, with a warning that we would be honest in our reviewing. They wanted to be reviewed, so they’re getting reviewed.

At first look of the people making this music, I thought to myself, “Why’s this guy look like Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. raped Nikki Sixx while wearing a Power Rangers villain costume?” Instantly I judged by the cover. Which we are taught not to do as children, I did though and I soon figured out that I was right in my judgment. The first track on this album was LOUD super loud and sounded like a karaoke mic with too much reverb. You ever watch the episode of The Venture Brothers where some alien comes from space, and the team has to find pieces of Jonas Venture’s lost machine to put together, just to kill this guy? Well, it sounded like the alien. With that said, I thought, “Intros are always a little weird. I’ve made some myself that made no sense so whatever.” Song 2 plays, and I’m hit with something less than to be desired. The production of it was very unclear, and that’s fine usually but this was like hitting record while the garbage disposal was broken and stuck in the ON position.

I don’t know how to describe this music other than if the Decepticons decided to fight giant cats instead of the Autobots. As they stepped on their tails the screaming from Megatron was so fierce all of the pots and pans in the world that are placed in cabinets with loose doors fall to the floor of every household was used for the drum line. The guitars almost felt like the speakers were punctured with Skeletor’s voice. I decided to skip ahead to the next track, and it was just as unattractive. Then I got to thinking, maybe this is a band that does this on purpose to get a rise out of people? Perhaps they’re the kind of band from a rural area where they are the only band at all in the vicinity and thus the Amish tell them they are awesome? I am truly unsure what they are about I can say for certain though. The example I was given was less than to be desired all across the board. People sometimes get their hands on some used gear, plug in and play without even learning how to tune an instrument. These are called 12-year-olds, so as adults I’m not sure what was happening here.

As an independent musician, I can offer this: The world is a cruel place, I have had bad reviews in my day, and soon John Roisland here with House of Tortured Souls will be reviewing my whole discography (I just volunteered him for that). I do not at all expect praise. I expect honesty and that’s what you get when you toss your album out there. So Take note S.H.O.U.T.: Practice Practice Practice. Take time to learn the trade instead of throwing on some Mercyful face makeup and strumming an untuned guitar thinking rock stardom is next. Maybe find a phone booth time machine, go into the future and take guitar lessons and come back to win the battle of the bands by playing a KISS cover of an Argent song. Or you can just learn yo’ mother fucking shit. I watched the videos and I listened to the album, I feel like this whole project is satirical in a way that isn’t funny at all. I’ve listened to terrible music… Fuck, I do listen to terrible music according to most people’s opinions. I even make terrible music to most. This though, I do not recommend it unless you’re using it as a lesson on what not to sound like. Now take note again, you may be reading this and thinking, “Damn Schock is a fucking cocksucker.” No..they asked for this and were warned on the honesty of the ordeal. So before you think I’m being harsh. Watch the following videos and see for yourself just what is going on here.

So with that, I bid you all a good evening and go ahead with your name calling and blah blah. Not everything is going to be a bomb ass review. Not every band that comes our way is going to be the next big thing. Music is Life… Don’t shit on life.




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Slayer…The Grand Finale!

Slayer…The Grand Finale!

For the last 37 years, the music world has changed dramatically in many aspects and it can be said without a doubt that there is one band that has touched all of us in the world. As a music fan of every sort, I have studied the likes of Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Tommy James and the Shondells, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Ramones, Sex Pistols and beyond. Music has always been important to me and something that keeps the world ticking. One band though that has changed the way we look at music in the metal, punk, and underground genres that everyone has pulled inspiration from is the almighty SLAYER.

Slayer Group

It was announced this morning that Slayer would be doing one last tour this year, which we announced earlier this month. With Anthrax, Testament, Behemoth and Lamb of God and then that is it for a band that for nearly 40 years has not only stayed true to their sound they have inspired many metal and punk acts across the world. Leaving a legacy that will be remembered throughout time.

Slayer Tour image

On May 2, 2013, original founding member and guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away from cirrhosis of the liver. Jeff Hanneman For a lot of us in the metal world, this was it for Slayer. However, they pressed on with Gary Holt of Exodus fame.Gary Holt He was a worthy — stand-in  we will never say replacement due to Jeff Hanneman’s signature style of playing it could not be matched. Slayer has gone, now this will be the 5th year with Holt on guitar, releasing Repentless on September 11, 2015, Slayer showed the world that they still have what it takes to be the best thrash metal band of all time. Also, past drummer and original founder of the band, Dave Lombardo has gone on to do so many different projects such as Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross and of course taking the throne for the Misfits on these past 4 performances. Slayer’s legacy is something more than just who’s in the band now but the musical genius of Dave Lombardo and his influence from being in Slayer and beyond.

Repentless Album Cover

Touring non-stop and hardly ever taking a break, this album will sadly be their last as well as this tour being the last for the band. We are sad, yes, but here’s something to remember: although we see them as gods and heroes, they are after all humans with families and lives outside of the limelight. So let us rejoice and celebrate with a band that has changed our lives, a band that has set the standard for how not to sell out your sound.

Say what you want about Slayer, and about thrash metal, but we cannot deny the influence and the impact overall that this band has had on the world of music from thrash to punk to hardcore to death metal to speed metal… and the list goes on. Slayer will not only go out this year with one of the best lineups of any tour. They will go out as legends, with music that will withstand the test of time. In 60 years, people will look back on music history and see that Slayer was a force to be reckoned with. All of the fans, the bands they’ve influenced, and believe this or not..the lives they’ve saved. Yes, I said it. Slayer saves lives. We will miss the live performance and any future records. However, it’s all for the best, and that’s what matters here.

From all of us here at House of Tortured Souls, Slayer we will be seeing you on this final tour and bid you all the best for the remainder of your lives for you and your families.

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Body Count – BloodLust (2017)

Body Count – BloodLust (2017)

The band Body Count, fronted by rapper and actor Ice-T, is a band that flies under the radar most of the time in the metal scene. I mean we always knew about the existence of this amazing band; however, we don’t hear much from them year after year like some metal bands. So when they do drop a record, it’s something to put on constant rotation.

The new album BloodLust, like the previous five albums they’ve released since 1992 hits HARD. Something that I’m sure when they came out people were confused “Ice T? Metal?” Pffffft, he took it and he owned it. I honestly put Body Count up there on a pedestal with many bands in metal and hardcore. Their message, their talent, and their image is what influences the people of the world to think and look at the actions of the government, ourselves, the world in general. The respect Body Count deserves in music needs to raise up, and this album will show you why.

Body Count - BloodLust / Image: Fair use doctrine.

Here’s a track by track view:

  • “Civil War”: Not only does it come out political from the get-go, the message in the song gives you a feeling that the current state of the country is real. The shit seen by blacks, whites, Latinos, by everyone in the world is real and here’s the response Body Count is speaking for US.
  • “The Ski Mask Way”: A nice little number, rhythmic, and keeps your head moving. Also shows that Ice T is true to where he came from. He may be a cop on tv but my dude is still more gangsta than anyone on the market today claiming they’re street.
  • “This Way We Ride”: Body Count, as I mentioned, gives us a view into street life, into the reality of the world that’s out there. This song does just that. The lyrical content and perfect flow of a rap style vocal pattern over the extreme talent of the band gives us a look into what’s out there. A harsh reality in song, that even in the short time it plays, if you just listen it’s like watching a 2-hour movie of the streets. This is a deep fucking song.*
  • “All Love is Lost” (with Max from SoulFly/Sepultura): Boy..let’s just say this is a heavy damn song. Get fucked over, you’re dropped. Period.
  • “Raining Blood/Postmortem”: Yep, these mother fuckers cover the almighty Slayer on this piece. There’s a little backstory at the beginning of the song on Body Count and how they got their sound. Slayer was a big part of that. This really took me by surprise and I must say I loved every second of this.
  • “God, Please Believe Me”: The guitar line….that’s all I’m gonna say. Sets the tone for the lyrics that are deep on a personal level for Ice-T, I’m sure. At only 1:25 seconds long, it’s one where the words touch you and make you look at things a little differently.
  • “Walk With Me” (with Randy from Lamb of God): You know this mother fucker is heavy with Randy on guest vocals. Just listen and let it fill you with fear.
  • “Here I Go Again”: No it is not a White Snake Cover..I was sad too. BC shows us what metal is all about with this song. A bloody image instantly crawls in your mind with a CLASSIC horrorcore vibe lyrically. Metal music behind the super dark lyrics. This is horror.
  • “No lives Matter”: A response to all the “lives matter” issues opening of the song explains what it’s all about. How everyone who says “All lives matter” really doesn’t care about anyone but themselves. Just listen, and you’ll understand.
  • “BloodLust”: A little history lesson in what’s wrong with the human race. We love murder apparently, vengeance, etc. This is a damn fine song and I love how they give it straight about who we are as people. Everyone wants to point to this or that as the issue. It’s all of us, it’s in us we are the problem.
  • “Black Hoodie”: We all remember the several stories of police officers shooting kids just rollin’ down the street just had a hoodie on, had his hood up. The police shoot without just cause, and then it became a trend. Body Count gives it to us, on what the issue is.
SIDE NOTE:
There’s racism all over the place, and I know there’re people out there in the metal world giving grief for a band like this. Let me say this: even the haters can learn from BLOODLUST, learn what other people outside of their race go through. IF it’s the music that speaks to you, then let this album speak to you. Let this album show you what’s out there that you may not be dealing with. Ice-T said once on stage:
You ain’t gonna make niggas listen, nobody listen, singin’ about how much money you got, singin’ about shakin’ yo ass. That’s bullshit. Hey, you do an album. Okay, one song, I’m rich. Now you got nine fucking songs to talk about some real shit. Music, fuck music, just leaders. Sisters. I’m talking about young white girls, young white boys, black… I don’t give a fuck. Open your motherfucking mouth and say something, man.

This whole album is a look into a life that a lot of us do not live, and really eye opening on a lyrical level. Musically, Body Count delivers something that metal music lost a long time ago. I’m really glad to see that this style and this sound is still in the veins of these guys. BloodLust is an amazing album, and I suggest it to everyone into music to buy this record and listen to every millisecond of it.

Body Count Official

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Rumor: Ultimate in Metal Tour!

Rumor: Ultimate in Metal Tour!

When a lot of us think of metal music, we go instantly to Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax…ya know, all the top dogs that got us into this shit. Now, let’s look at this dope mother fucking rumor flying around.

The guitarist of the almighty Testament leaked a li’l hint at a possible Spring/Summer tour featuring: Behemoth, Testament, Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Slayer. Boooooy, I don’t know about you, but that kind of news hit me hard. This is something of a throwback thrash fest like Clash of the Titans in the early 1990’s. However, we got the newer but well-respected Behemoth and Lamb of God, joining the thrash metal legends.
So far only one date is posted:

6/4 Reading, PA @ The Santander Arena

We will be checking every source to bring you all news on this tour, as it is truly a metal event that no one wants to miss. Yes, people talk their shit about all of the old bands Slayer, Testament, Anthrax yes are aged.

Let’s take a look, though, at the legacy they have left us over the years. Slayer has never slowed down, Anthrax had that one guy for while, we usually ignore that period, “ONLY” was a cool song though. Testament fell out for a while, but they’ve been back and damn good and faster than ever. So before judging the older cats take note they still got what a lot of other bands do not have and that is a dedication to the music that made them who they are and influenced metal thereafter that we have today. Giving us bands like Lamb of God, Behemoth… Adding these, also legendary acts to the bill really makes this kind of concert event something to be desired.

Well, that’s all we have, for now, so keep checking back as soon as all dates(if any) are posted and confirmed we will post it here for all you pretty li’l metalheads.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora (2017)

MUSIC REVIEW: Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora (2017)

If you have never listened to Darkest Hour, I would recommend grabbing this record, checking it out, and seeing what all the fuss is.

I saw these guys a few years ago live in Indianapolis, IN, at the Emerson Theater if memory serves correctly. I believe Himsa and Acacia Strain were the other bands with them, and that was one hell of a show. That was my introduction to Darkest Hour – a live performance, you know the old-fashioned way of finding new music. For that time period, something like that was a welcome style. When the whole melodic metal thing was breaking out, these guys put a new twist on it though they weren’t whining with their vocals. They come out screaming ready to kick ass and this new album is no different from that moment. Sure, they’ve progressed musically, but the style never changed, and they’ve stayed true to the first second I heard them.

A lot can be said about Darkest Hour. This band is just all out heavy, heavy, heavy, fast, and to-the-point Metal. With their classic thrash style guitar solos and blast beat drums, you would think it was a band from the mid-80s or early 90s. This force-to-be-reckoned-with of a band brings us their ninth studio album: “Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora”.

This album has really shown what kind of skill Darkest Hour has in the music business. In a time when metal music isn’t particularly all the rage anymore and things seem to be slowing down in the music world (and, to be honest, I thought metal had been docile for too long), it’s good to see a band still out there keeping true to their roots.

This album starts out with a song called “Knife in the Safe Room”, and as it comes at you as just a blast of metal madness. You cannot beat that. Then we slide right into “This Is the Truth” with a smooth transition. Straight up..this album is the truth. The melodic metal sound that they bring is mostly in the music. There’s none of that clean vocal, housewife metal style; it’s all hard and growly and heavy, so when you listen to the harmonizing guitars and expect some cleanliness, you will be surprised to hear that there is none of that happening. Starting extra hard, and not slowing down till the end when there are a couple slower numbers, Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora is a damn fine record that definitely needs to be a part of your collection pronto!

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MUSIC REVIEW: Dead Cross – Dead Cross

MUSIC REVIEW: Dead Cross – Dead Cross

Dead-Cross-Dead-Cross_Cover / Photo Courtesy of Kings Road Merch.Every so often a band is formed of forces that are too powerful for real words. Dead Cross is one of these bands. Made up of Mike Patton; Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Faith No More and like 400 other projects. Paired with Dave Lombardo; Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Grip Inc, Fantomas and like 400 other bands. Now add these two super powered, talented musicians with two more brilliant musicians Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City and more) and Michael Crain you have Dead Cross. A damn fine mixture of metal, weirdness, punk and whatever else they wish to call this project.

With the release of the self-titled album Dead Cross brings us a hard hitting thrashy, power house. With guitars that are just as thrashy as anything from the mid 80s, and of course the god father of double bass on drums, makes it all the more thrashy. Vocally and lyrically Dead Cross is another positive force with Mike Patton, the almighty vocalist of many levels and range. If you’ve listened to his bands Fantomas or Tomahawk then you’ll understand what’s going on here. Eccentric is the best word to describe what’s happening with Mr. Patton’s style. It fits, it works and Dead Cross has proven to be one of the best projects that has come out in a long time of this kind of combination of musicians.




Song by song flow right into one another as if it’s just “Ok guys we have a 25 minute set. Make this work.” Flawless transitioning from track to track, the self-titled album is something that I urge every metal and punk fan to listen to. There’s no influence here on what could be compared to if anything. It’s a standalone record that needs its own category honestly and that my friends is something that has been lost in the music world for a very long time.

  • Seizure Desist – The opening track to the album is the perfect introduction to the band and what this album has to offer you, from start to finish.
  • Idiopathic – A thrashy number throwback to the classic styling of the early days of thrash metal. Mike Patton shows a lot, not all but a lot of his vocal range on this track. Weird as usual that’s how he rolls.
  • Obedience School –Thrashy, yet harmonizing. You really hear that Lombardo style on this bad boy. Powerful and demonizing guitar styling that is to admired heavily.
  • Shillelagh – CIRCLE PIT!!
  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead – A slower number, very goth and dark as you would expect with such a title. I did not expect this honestly, and it’s great! Again though, showcasing the range and talent that each member brings to the table for Dead Cross.
  • Divine Filth – If Mike Patton sang for Slayer. Man, can you imagine? I love Slayer but let’s be honest Mike Patton would have made something a lot different there. This song is downright amazing.
  • Grave Slave – An evil number. Solidly strange and lyrically marvelous!
  • The Future Has Been Cancelled – More of the that Crossover style, circle pit music. Getchya’ Doc Martens on and get down to business. But then stop for some weirdness that makes no sense at all.
  • Gag Reflex: – A vocal heavy track, slower than all others on this record again though showing what Mike Patton is made of.
  • Church of the Mother Fuckers – The final track on the record. Starts out like some apocalyptic metal break down song, then ends just the same. Honestly the perfect ending to such a beast of a record.

Over all if you’re going to listen to something that is fast and full of energy then this record is for you. If given the chance to see Dead Cross live, I have zero doubt in my mind that it will be everything there needs to be in a live performance. I’d say you need to really get your pit shoes ready because this throwback to the way things used to be has brought back a sound that has been long forgotten to everyone in the rock and metal world washing away true talent with style. Dead Cross stay true to the roots of heavy music, and produced a record that to me sits right next to the classics as one of the best albums to ever hit the scene. Doing things in DIY fashion, Dead Cross is on bandcamp.com. See the link below, purchase this record and enjoy every millisecond of it. You will not be disappointed.

Dead Cross on Bandcamp.com

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HORROR NEWS: Balsac the Jaws of Death plagued with Myelofibrosis

HORROR NEWS: Balsac the Jaws of Death plagued with Myelofibrosis

The last few years for the shock rock/metal band Gwar has not been all the best in the way of luck. However, we can say that Gwar though will keep on despite what’s been thrown at them making them, by far, the strongest band in the galaxy.
In 2011, Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot, known by his stage name Flattus Maximus, was found deceased of a heart attack while on tour. Then, in 2014, the greatest frontman to ever take the stage Dave Brockie, known to Gwar fans as Oderus Urungus was found dead in his room, due to a heroin overdose. None of this stopped Gwar from carrying on. One thing that they have always done, is kept going despite the odds. Flattus was replaced by Pustulus Maximus, and Oderus role was filled by Blothar which was the original Beefcake The Mighty. Gwar has been through a few changes over the 30+ years of their time on earth. Now, faced with not another change, but another medical issue within the band's members.
Mike Derks aka Balsac the Jaws of Death is facing a disease called myelofibrosis which is a bone marrow disorder that causes the body’s blood cells to not produce properly. This may have come as a surprise to most people. I know for sure it did for me, I got to see Gwar perform on the warped tour, and Balsac was not on a few dates due to this disease causing him great pain and other physical issues. I was wondering why I didn’t see him on stage, and now I understand.
Over the next several months, Derks will be undergoing some major medical treatment, including blood transfusions, constant monitoring, and eventually a bone marrow transplant in which chemotherapy will be administered to rid the body of the diseased marrow, and then the good marrow put in. None of this monitoring and the transfusion of blood will stop Derks or Gwar, as he is still going on tour with the band this fall/winter and will be utilizing various hospital organizations across the country to monitor his condition.
I love music, I love playing music, but if this were me I’d say, “Fuck it”, and not play until it’s all taken care of. Then again, I’m not a bad ass like the guys in Gwar, and I don’t have fans either. HA! Derks has teamed up with Love Hope Strength to get people in the know, get people to donate and gain knowledge of this condition as well as other bone marrow diseases that people face. You can visit https://www.lovehopestrength.org/ and contribute any way you can.
From all of us at House of Tortured Souls as fans, and people with hearts that care about our fellow man, we wish Mike Derks/Balsac Jaws of Death a speedy recovery and issue a thank you for all you do, keeping the ball rolling and having such a positive outlook on the situation at hand.
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MUSIC REVIEW: JasonXVoorhees – Horror Edge (2016)

MUSIC REVIEW: JasonXVoorhees – Horror Edge (2016)

These dudes really know how to bring forth a record that is HARDCORE! Extremely influenced by black metal, hardcore, punk rock, and pretty much everything bloody all the while being a straight edge band, these guys fucking hit it hard!
With an ominous intro dark and divine as you'd expect from any horror based band, it lays precedence to the album ahead. With an obvious metal and horror influence, they let it shine through. Some of the mixing with the gang vocals could have been mixed and maybe reverbed out to sound like there were 5,000,000 people instead of five, but whatever to that. It doesn't take away from the fact they get what they want to say out there and as hard and heavy as can be.
Track by track it kicks you in the face with the hardcore sound. "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie" is probably hands down my favorite song on the record. The punk rock vibe is definitely what I'm used to and what I listen to on a regular basis with the upbeat "skanking" style that you can easily dance to, or stand there like an emo and just bob your head while looking at your shoes. No matter what your secular division of life or who you are, it will get you moving. Then "Still Following" comes on, and it's the same ordeal — fast hard and punk rock...except with a break down that's heavy and catchy all at the same time. You can't beat this style of music they're going on with. The mixture of metal, punk, and hardcore is just fantastic with a perfect combination of all that gives you something for all walks of the underground world. Want them to play a punk show? No problem. Hardcore? Easy. Metal? For sure. They can achieve all and perform to every crowd with ease.
Like all horror punk or horror-influenced bands, song titles and references are there for the songs either in title or lyrics. The true sound of their influences shines through everything from AFI and Misfits to Leviathan, Slayer, Mayhem and even more punk style. It's clear that JXV knows what they want, and their sound all over the spectrum conveys what's what with this band. Working closely with Rikk and Cal of JxV on a few projects artistically and accompanying them on some comps put out by Optimist/Pessimist records which is run by Rikk, I can say they're amazing cats all around. Being a fellow straight edge myself, it's awesome to have a family like this in the horror world. The first time I saw their title "Horror Edge", I knew these guys were either going to be cock suckers and not worth befriending or they're going to be brothers. Lucky for me, the latter was the case. I highly recommend that you listen to Jason X Voorhees and support them in every way. Even if you're not into straight edge life, if you're a music fan, metal head, hardcore, punk...what the fuck ever. This band is for you.
JxV on Optimist/Pessimist Records - Bandcamp
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MEMORIAL: Dave Brockie

MEMORIAL: Dave Brockie

Dave Brockie was born August 30, 1963, and passed away on March 23, 2014. We knew him best as Oderus Urungus, lead vocalist of the shock rock extreme metal band Gwar, but he also assumed the role of vocalist and bass player in bands such as X-Cops and Dave Brockie Experience (DBX).
Dave Brockie/Oderus UrungusDave Brockie left a legacy that took Shock Rock and turned into something of a spectacle. In the beginning of the conception of Gwar, the band saw a lot of flack from the music. Bands like Alice Cooper, Kiss, David Bowie, and Black Sabbath had long embraced their dark sides and employed theatrics in stage performances. Gwar, though, took it to a level that defied all that had been seen before. Gwar literally redefined the concept of theatrical musical performances designed to shock and entertain people. Remaining as the only original member of Gwar before his passing, this legacy truly brought fans something to anticipate and admire whenever the name Gwar was uttered.
Personally, I have seen Gwar 13 times in my life, and I’ll see them every time they come around. During Dave Brockie’s time on earth and as Oderus Urungus, he seriously was the best front man of any band I have ever seen live - and believe me I have seen a LOT of bands in my time. He had a charisma that immediately inspired the crowd to go wild. Not only could he actually sing and had an amazing voice, his on stage antics brought weren’t just for the audience’s amusement. Gwar and Brockieincluded fans in the show, and the fans loved it. From the decapitation of presidential figures and celebrities to jerking his cuttle fish and covering, no…layering the audience in blood, bile, and whatever else they come up with, Gwar always left the audience satisfied. This, partnered with the giant earthworm that ate an audience member (and who knows what happened after that), guaranteed a truly memorable show.
A Gwar show was purely amazing on multiple levels, but when I reflect on all the times I have seen Gwar, I realize the extent to which Oderus fueled that. Gwar, both as a whole and as individual artists, are extremely talented, and original Beefcake, Michael Bishop, ultimately assumed the role of the lead vocalist as Blothar – knowing full well that he had some big shoes to fill after Brockie’s untimely death. Having seen Gwar with Blothar on lead vocals three times now, I can say with confidence that they are still Gwar and are making Dave/Oderusproud. Speaking of which, they have a new album coming out soon titled The Blood of the Gods set for release later this year. House of Tortured Souls will, of course, be reviewing it, so don’t forget to check back for that.
Dave Brockie Experience - Diarrhea of a MadmanBack to Dave Brockie. I also recall getting the opportunity to see DBX live many (many many MANY) years ago at some hole in Muncie, Indiana. Being low key like that, without the entire hullabaloo of Gwar, was a real treat. It was just Dave Brockie and the rest of his band in action - the stripped down, punk rock, roots style. It was an honor just to be in the audience - the jokes didn’t stop, the talent was immense, and the showmanship was godlike. Dave Brockie was not only immensely talented, the best showman in all of rock n’ roll, and a lyrical genius, he was also a genuinely nice guy to everyone he met. I had the opportunity to shake his hand during this DBX performance, and that was better than meeting any other famous person. His friends loved him with a love that could move mountains, which can be seen if you watch the Gwar-B-Q following his death. Just watching through the computer touched my heart with some super strength as the love for Davewas evident and overwhelming. We can say that he was not only loved and cherished, but he was also idolized for his music, his art, and himself as a human - and as an alien overlord who brutally murdered the Republican party and the douche bags that plague this world.
Today, we here at House of Tortured Souls celebrate the day that Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus was gifted to the world. We encourage you to pop in a Gwar, DBX, or X-Copsalbum and bask in the beauty that was Dave Brockie’s amazing talent. His legacy and creativity will never die as long Gwar keeps going, as long as we not only support the underground music scene that Dave Brockie held close to his heart, and as long as we keep the horror alive! Dave/Oderus, we in the underground love you, brother. You inspired us all to be creative and to push boundaries in what we do. I can honestly say that without you here, life is not the same. We miss you, we will always miss you, but you are still alive in our hearts.
If you wish to follow Gwar, buy merchandise, or see them on tour and whatever else going on in the world of the Scumdogs of the Universe, visit GWAR ONLINE.
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Happy Birthday, Glenn Danzig!

Happy Birthday, Glenn Danzig!

What can be said about the mastermind who brought us the genre that merged from the early punk days, creating its very own world of mastery? Today we wish a very happy birthday to the man who, with his merry band of, dare I say...Misfits, spawned not only the subgenre of Horror punk, which lead way to many great bands over the years, but which also gave the metal world something to be desired.
June 23rd 1955 - 62 years ago - the legend was born in to this world. The parents of Glenn Anzalone probably had no clue that they had just opened Pandora’s box of inspiration and gave birth to the future leader of the underground.
It’s no secret that Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig have inspired many legendary bands and artists over the years. Not only did they inspire such bands as Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Pantera, they also influenced punk rock and hardcore acts such as No Use for a Name, Sick of it All, Hatebreed. and many, many more. The horror punk genre spun out of control causing a worldwide wave of bands such as Mister Monster, Blitzkid, The Crypt Keeper 5, The Other, Crimson Ghosts, The Spook, and countless others in the genre. It’s safe to say that the extent of Glenn Danzig’s legacy reaches far beyond any one genre as well as an outreach that has inspired people all around the world to either write music, stories, or make movies with some piece of Danzig’s legacy in mind while doing so.
The Danzig legacy doesn’t only affect the bands Glenn himself has been a part of, but, as mentioned above, has brought to the mainstream many popular punk and metal acts. Over the past 40 years, the world of underground metal, punk, and hardcore has evolved to where we can go anywhere - be it a local show full of preteens and novice musicians or a well known hardcore/Metal show, you’ll see someone representing either a shirt, patch, or cover song. It’s the norm these days to either have a Misfits or Danzig tattoo. It’s normal for even pop punk bands to cover “All Murder, All Guts…”, and it’s normal for anyone to sing along to “Mother” even if they don’t know who it is.
For someone who’s seemingly unknown to the pop scene, Glenn Danzig was brought to us 62 years ago and, believe it or not, you know this man and you’ve listened to his legacy. You may not have heard his music personally, but in the wake of his inspirational fury, you’ve heard Danzig-influenced music and you’ve showed him love by representing the countless bands he has inspired over the last 40 years.
So on this day June 23rd, do what you do, and show some respect for the man that brought you your favorite bands, the man who saw angry teens bitching about being teenagers and playing loud annoying power chords and said, “Ya know what? I’m going to write a song about Return of the Fly. I’m going to write another about Halloween. Why? Because I’m Motherfucking Glenn Danzig, that’s why!” The world would be a far different place without this genius of a man. So, Mr. Glenn Danzig, here’s to you, brother! Happy Birthday, from the whole world, that you helped create.
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EXCLUSIVE: Misfits: More Shows Possible

EXCLUSIVE: Misfits: More Shows Possible

header-misfit / Fair use doctrine.Here's a quickie for the world of Horror Punk, Punk and Metal. I have been seeing around the nets that Mr. Glenn Danzig himself is not ruling out the idea of some more Misfits shows in the future. With a new Danzig album out that's very reminiscent of DANZIG II: Lucifige, he's kinda got a fifteenth wind and really giving off a vibe like he's ready for some more action. Not a whole lot mind you; no tours for Danzig or the Misfits. Play the show, fly back home kind of deal. So what does this entail exactly? Well, in his words to Rolling Stone magazine:
"I'm open to possibly doing some more shows. I don't want to tour, but if it happens and everything lines up properly, I would imagine there'd probably be a couple more shows. I don't know when, but I'll keep an open mind."
To follow this, you could almost feel him smile when he looked back on the old days of punk rock. Being not only a music fan, but musician it was very easy to relate to these comments. Not only on what he said about punk rock, but the music of today.
"No, we've all been doing this for a long time. It's really funny. I remember when punk bands first started, you couldn't get anybody to be in a punk band because they hated it. There was the whole thing that punk musicians couldn't play. And I listen to stuff we do, and I listen to this crap that's out now, and it's like, they can't even play their instruments. They just go up there and pretend, like, Milli Vanilli–style, and they get paid. Wait ... Milli Vanilli got kicked out of the music industry for doing this, and there's even metal bands doing it. But bands go up onstage and it's all on tape. They're not even performing. If I paid money to go to a concert, and the band was up there puppet-showing it, I would be so fucking pissed off. So anyway, there's my comment on that."
So although he's willing, it won't be a tour so create some sort of savings plan now, and possibly take out a second and/or 3rd mortgage. Travel will be imminent and if it's a festival of some sort $$$$$$$ will be needed. After seeing the reunion last September in Chicago I can say it was worth EVERY GOD DAMN PENNY! If any of this reigns true, you'll want to see this I swear to Vincent Price you will not want to miss such a spectacle.
More to come on this as we get it. Keep your ears to the streets, because in the underground we have all the best bands.
Keep it creepy!
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MUSIC REVIEW: Danzig – Skeletons (2015)

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.
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MUSIC REVIEW: Darkness Visible – Australian Horror Rock

MUSIC REVIEW: Darkness Visible – Australian Horror Rock

Every once in a while I’ll stumble upon a band that differs from what’s out there in the midst of the horror rock community. Darkness Visible a band from Australia is really one of those bands that has shown they are far different from the rest of the horror rock bands that are circulating.
With a visually appealing musical act, the artistry is very well done, like a tamer version of Genitortures. Less sex than the Gen’s of course. Definitely a band that would be a lot of fun to see live. The musical aspect of Darkness Visible is eclectic as it is not just one set genre. They kind of jump all over the place as far as style goes and that’s not a bad thing. Simple people, want simple music: “If it’s not this one genre, I don’t want it”. So if you’re a simpleton don’t bother listening to Darkness Visible. I say that with the utmost respect because one minute it’s a slow death rock style song, and then you’re taken into a world of pianos and almost jazzy, swing-style forte, which I absolutely love.
The female vocals are KILLER on every song she sings on. If this were my band, I’d stick her on vocals and never touch a mic again. In the Horror Rock world, females always shine through, and this is no different.
With a new video out for “The Truth Hurts” set in a silent film kind of style, very unique and well put together. Musically it’s like if a Danzig meets Alice Cooper vibe. This particular song features male vocals. The darkness, and artistry really shows through on this video.
Let’s not stop there, I can’t seem to find any music online other than videos, and that’s really a good thing because the visual aspect of this band is pleasing to the eyes. The song “Flesh” and the video for it is quite the visual horror freak show. If you’re going to listen to a band with a different sound and different way of doing things, this is the band to check out. You can do so by visiting their Facebook page where you can find their videos and more information about them.
Darkness Visible star / Image: Darkness Visible
Darkness Visible star / Image: Darkness Visible
Stay tuned for more and, as always, keep it creepy! -Schock
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MUSIC REVIEW: Beheaded – Beast Incarnate (2017)

MUSIC REVIEW: Beheaded – Beast Incarnate (2017)

Earsplit Public Relations is really bringing back the true meaning of Death Metal with some …dare I say it, ear splitting metal bands that simply murder what we hear from the big wigs of metal these days.
On this label there is a healthy mix of Death, Doom, Grind, Black and Thrash Metal. First up for my listening pleasure on this label is the band Beheaded of the album Beast Incarnate.
Straight out of the gates with this one it’s a barrage of blast beats and growls. Ya know, the way Death Metal is suppose to be. The first song, “Beast Incarnate”, really gives the album title its meaning and brings to you what the rest of the record holds true. The songs to follow are no less brutal, and unlike some modern day more well known Death Metal bands, there’s nothing clean about this record. It is gritty, raw, and killer to the point of being terrifying.
Song by song there is seriously just no stopping this band. The brutality of the drums, let’s focus here for a moment. The drums are so on point, 30000 bpm (slight exaggeration) and clean with a flawless Death Metal precise landing. You might fall in love with the just the drumming alone on this record. This isn’t to take away from the rest of the band, I’m just saying this is something I noticed right off the bat.
Beast Incarnate, right from the beginning of the album, I mean as soon as you hit play, will have you head banging – even if you’re driving down the road. You will NOT stop until the record is over this I can promise you. So wear a helmet and be safe while driving and listening to this record. Each song is a supreme example of what Death Metal truly should be. This is my first listen of this band and I’m in awe at how precise and solid this album has been executed. Lyrically, vocally, and musically, this album is truly something to buy today!
When I listen to metal bands, a lot of times some of the music is sloppy and a bit simple for the style of music. You’re asking yourself, “Who are you listening to?” I listen to the underground world, and some of the more popular bands as well, and if you listen close, you can hear some rushed recordings and who is just trying to be one of the cool kids. This is not the case here. This whole album should be in rotation in any TRUE metal head’s collection. Warning: This is not for people who think Five Finger Death Punch is a metal band. No no, this is the real deal.
Until next time... Keep it Creepy, Schock
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Optimist/Pessimist – Compilation HOPE

Optimist/Pessimist – Compilation HOPE

The HOPE compilation is a compilation put out by Optimist/Pessimist (O/P) records to raise awareness and funding for Planned Parenthood. O/P is a label hell bent on raising awareness and funds for charities and organizations. Doing an impressive job so far with They're Not the Last, a tribute to Minor Threat for which the proceeds all went to the American Cancer Society, and Edge for Autism, an all straight edge compilation in which all proceeds went toward the awareness and education of autism.
Optimist/Pessimist records is trying to make a staple on the world through positive movements and music. The HOPE compilation is put together consisting of an impressive 36 different bands and solo artists. With a genre range from HipHop/Rap, Punk, Horror Punk, Hardcore, Surf, Gothabilly and Metal. Such bands as Ghoultown, Mummula, Sugar Virus, Sunrot, SE Frank, Jason x Voorhees, Shadow Windhawk and the Morticians, xSCHOCKx, Bloodbather and Many many more! A wide array of artists coming together to help support the Planned Parenthood organization. All proceeds of the compilation will be donated to the Planned Parenthood organization. With rumors in the midst that it may be defunded, Optimist/Pessimist put together this compilation to distribute digitally and raise funding as well as awareness of the importance that Planned Parenthood's medical examinations, education and programs hold for the American People. So let your voice be heard, and if you're in a band and interested in future projects from Optimist/Pessimist Records just check them out on bandcamp.com. The link below will take you right to the page. Where you can also download/purchase Edge for Autism as well as They're not the Last, and the Jason x Voorhees album Horror Edge.
Some people see the horror community as something scary and to be feared, but let's be honest, we have families, friends and hearts. We care about the world, too. So it's pretty awesome that we can all contribute in our own ways. Rikk, the guy running the show of O/P records has the biggest heart of us all. Let's all together make this one count and then make way for the next compilation that gets put out.
For more information on Optimist/Pessimist Records visit: http://www.optimistpessimistrecords.bandcamp.com.
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MUSIC REVIEW: The Music of Horror-punks.net Vol. IIII

MUSIC REVIEW: The Music of Horror-punks.net Vol. IIII

By Shock
Horror Punk is a genre that many in the punk rock world will overlook and say, “Oh, they’re just trying to sound like the Misfits.” Coming from the heart of my being, I can say that this is not true. Yes, there are many who try. Much like any genre of music, you will have such seminal acts come around and these bands will mimic their influences heavily. However, this compilation and the compilations previous to it have proven to give the Horror Punk world a new face and a new life.
If you’re just getting into the genre, this and the previous Music of Horror-Punks.net compilations are where to start. You’ll find some acts that are well known as well as some that some of us have not heard of yet. The Horror Punk world is vast with many styles, due to the many influences from punk and metal. So now let’s break down a few of my favorite songs off of this particular album and then you’re free to download from the link that will be provided at the end of this. It’s a name-your-price type deal which is awesome for those of us on the comp, but if you wanna help out the horror-punks.net site throw a few bucks towards it. Trust me this compilation is worth every penny you put into it. Without further ado..I give to you 21 songs from the 62 track record.
Guitar iconBishop Lake – “Make You Mine”: A heavy rock and roll sound with the classic love song for stalker type quality. This song tells a story, with melodies and harmonizing that is true to the horror rock sound. This is a powerful piece that depending how you feel about someone could really work as a love song toward someone you’re stalking.
Guitar iconBloodthirsters – “Psycho City”: Campy, fun psychobilly sounding song. If you want to crawl yourself out of your grave and dance sock hop style, this one is the song for it.
Guitar iconCyclotrode X – “Killing Time”: Where Horror Punk bands pull influence from is all over the spectrum. Here’s a band with a song that really mixes it. You can hear some heavy Stooges influence as well as hints of The Exploited and some other street punk style. With a real classic sound that any one into punk rock can get down with.
Guitar iconDead End Lane – “Cat Fight”: Holy Hell! When I turned this song on, I knew it was time to get down and slam dance old school style. That’s right, this monster of a song really gritty and true to the head-climbing, stage-diving old school circle pit punk rock. This particular song is most definitely one of my favorites on the comp. A lot of what Horror Punk is about also is being all inclusive. Female vocals and female musicians are always welcomed and common here. This song really shows that off with gusto.
Guitar iconDeathwood – “Number 85”: Sing-A-Long hardcore is what I’m going to call this, an anthemesque tone with a vocalist that sounds an awful lot like Bruce Dickinson, just a splash grittier but still very impactful. Another song and band I believe everyone should be listening to. The harmonizing gang vocals really pack a punch here, as well as the music being flawlessly beautiful. You will listen and get chills, I promise you that.
Guitar iconDr. Hell – “Poison Cabinet”: I’ve been listening to this band for a while - true Horror Punks right here. Keeping to the classic punk rock sound, adding the horror flavor lyrically and visually, this is another band keeping the female musicianship in the game. Once these backups hit you’ll be like, “Oh Hell yes!” Every song they have is a hit to me. I’m glad to see them on this compilation.
Guitar iconFear Incorporated – “The Boogey Man”: This is a song, something you could really play during a Halloween mixer or in a haunted attraction and creep the hell out of people. It’s very synth-sounding and has a lot of spooky overtones and reverb that definitely is worthy of a creepy good time. On a regular basis it’s not my cup of tea, but it’s perfect for a party situation for sure.
Guitar iconGenki Genki Panic – “Two Girls One Casket”: SURF ROCK! There is nothing better than surf rock that adds horror elements. This song really had me going the whole time with no vocals, just guitar, bass, and drums. It’s a solid, reverbed surf rock number.
Guitar iconGhoultown – “I Spit on Your Grave”: Ghoultown has always been a staple in my personal collection. I forget exactly what they call their blend of cowboy horror, but I can say this old west meets slasher movie mix is amazing. This particular song is a great introduction to this band if you’ve never heard them. To add to it if you ever get a chance to see this band live, then I highly recommend you do so.
Guitar iconHaiduk – “Azyr”: This one threw me off a lot. It’s the music of Horror-Punks.net yes so there’s a lot of variety. However, thrashy death metal I was not expecting. Fast, precise, technical, brutal this is definitely an artist worth checking out if you’re really into the metal world.
Guitar iconJasonxVoorhees – “WYFSM”: Horror, Straight Edge, Hardcore. These dudes are the coolest; I’ve been friends with these guys for a while. We have done a few compilations together musically for charities, and these cats are solid good-hearted fellas for sure. This song really showcases their hard-hitting sound mixing Hardcore, Metal, and Horror to make music that is definitely worthy of listening to. You’ll really feel this band, claiming their own subcategory of all of this calling it Horror Edge!
Guitar iconJess-O-Lantern – “Corpse Revival”: More of this female flavored Horror Rock! I love this for sure. It’s upbeat, bob your head, dance around type horror rock. If you’re a fan of music at all, this is what you need to hear. I went through the Internet and found more of Jess O Lantern, and I can say it’s a solid experience.
Guitar iconMarquis DeBlood – “Death Knocks Three Times”: Woooo! This is dude has been on the scene forever with some different projects, and this, by far, is my favorite. I could listen to this song over and over and never get tired of it. There is not a single word in the whole thing, just symphonic, creepy, horrifying greatness!
Guitar iconMutant Reavers – “Blood Magic”: This band has more of that classic horror sound. With a voice that resembles early Danzig (or Samhain, if you will). Musically, if played in a live performance, I can see a crowd erupting with some old school pogo dancing and then throw down circle pit. They have a good mix in this one song, a very enjoyable band to listen to.
Guitar iconOthers – “Heart of Darkness (Tales of Dracula)”: If you’re into symphonic music with BEAUTIFUL female vocals, this is that song! Listen to this band as a whole. It’s another one I’ve been listening to for many years and even did art for them years ago. To be introduced to this band with this song is ideal. I’ve probably listened to it 9 times in a row just to soak it all in.
Guitar iconPoison Anthem – “Choke and Die”: Okay, I’ll say it again and you’ve probably figured out that I love female vocals in this particular subgenre especially. This song is amazing and another top favorite on this record. This band is front to back just solid. If you want punk rock, this is it right here. If any song gets listened to first, make it this one.
Guitar iconScanner – “Just Like Bela”: This song is a little hard to describe really. Reverby vocals and a great rock n’ roll sound coming from it. With a catchy hook, I can’t really stop listening to it. So just listen and like it.
Guitar iconScarecrow – “Horror of the Beach Party”: Another catchy tune with a super catchy sing along vibe. Imagine, if you will, Dropkick Murphys but as a Horror Punk band. This would be that band, and I checked their other songs out and they should easily be right up there on the best of the best list.
Guitar iconxSchockx – “Bloodbath Orgy”: Okay, I can’t review myself, but I have to give an honorable mention to my music. I don’t say band because it’s all just me creating what I call “HardGore” music. About the song: It is based on a couple that get pleasure from murdering people then having relations over their bodies. Sorry for the PG rating of the description.
Guitar iconSlavething – “Queen of the Dead”: HORROR PUNK 100%. Melodic, Upbeat, Great to grab a girl/guy and just start dancing to. The sound these cats put off is exactly what Horror Punk is about.
Guitar iconThe Casket Creatures – “Spirit of Vengeance”: Punk rock at its finest - harmonizing vocals that really stand out, and guitar work that is so solid you can just feel it. This one is in my top 3 for sure on the whole record, clean and crisp and Horror Punk gold.
Guitar iconVoice of Doom – “Dead Things”: Some of that Samhain flavor of Horror Punk rock goodness. An enjoyable sound that gets your head banging, then the infamous Danzig style: slow down, then speed up. It’s some good stuff for sure. Zombies, blood, and guts. Can’t beat it!
So there you have it kids. The Music of Horror-Punks.net Vol. IIII is a great record all the way through, and these are just some of my favorites from the over 62 track compilation. Each artist brings something different to the table, giving an idea that not all Horror Punk is “whoa” and horror movie references; it’s actually filled with diversity and talent. So, please check it out at The Music of Horror-Punks.net Vol. IIII.
Keep it Creepy,
-Schock
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RECAP: TWD, S06E14, Twice as Far

RECAP: TWD, S06E14, Twice as Far

Twice As Far

By Nicole Robinson

The end of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead saw Daryl reunited with his crossbow at the cost of Denise when a burned Dwight returned and shot her through the eye during her pep talk to Daryl and Rosita. Denise, being one of the valuable assets that Alexandria had, will be sorely missed as the only doctor in the community. Her training as a psychologist also could have been helpful in the war against a Negan that is undoubtedly coming - something that her death will escalate once Rick finds out it was Dwight and The Saviors that are responsible.

Olivia counts the pantry stock, Father Gabriel patrols the grounds, and Eugene and Sasha stand watch at the gates while Morgan practices with his ninja stick. Carol smokes her cigarette. These day to day activities of Alexandria give the illusion that Rick and friends are safe in their community, safe behind the walls and closed doors that provide protection.

The Walking Dead, S06E14

Daryl checks out his bike, stolen with his crossbow earlier this season by one of those strangers he tried to help in the burnt woods.

“I should have killed him,” he tells Carol over a smoke. He is right. He should have, and this mistake will come back to haunt him later.

Eugene’s intelligence has always been his best weapon, and this episode proved exactly why. Eugene knows how to make bullets, and bullets are more valuable than the guns that shoot them. After all, guns are no good without bullets. Out with Abraham, the two find a metal shop that will allow Eugene to get to work. A very proud Abraham sings Eugene’s praises before being interrupted by a metal head walker. Eugene calls dibs, and Abe steps back.

The Walking Dead, S06E14

The walker has been coated in metal, so when Eugene tries to machete it, his knife just bounces off the walker's chrome dome. Eugene gets pinned and is unable to reach a weapon causing Abe to step in and save him. An insulted Eugene chastises Abraham, who reminds him that thinking, not killing, is his best skill. Eugene responds by dismissing Abraham, stating “your services are no longer required”, and Abraham storms out while telling Eugene he can find his own way home.

Denise drags Daryl and Rosita outside the safety of the walls to search an apothecary for medicines that could be useful to the community. If it’s more apothecary than boutique, she reasons, it’ll have drugs. Having to abandon the truck after running into a fallen tree blocking the road, Denise tries to convince Daryl to take the tracks because it is the most direct route. He refuses.

The pharmacy is still locked when the three arrive, so all the meds are still safe and sound. While Daryl and Rosita clean out the place, Denise find a baby shoe in a sink full of blood in the back and reflects that perhaps she was not as ready as she thought. On the way back she tells Daryl the story of her twin brother, older by six minutes. She describes him as brave and angry, reminding Daryl of his own brother, Merle.

At this point, the episode seems more like filler. Aside from the realization that Eugene is able to make bullets, this episode was fairly sleepy.

After Denise risks her life for a can of soda and vomits on her glasses, Daryl yells at her in a very big brother sort of way for doing so. She stands up to him, yelling “I have training in this sh**!” She brought him because he reminds her of her brother and makes her feel safe. She should have gone with Tara and told her she loves her. She brought Rosita because she is inspired by her strength. In short, she is tired of being afraid to survive. She is sick of the fact she is not out in the world trying to live, and to live you have to take chances.

Suddenly an arrow pierces Denise through the eye. A group of Saviors come out of the woods and they have Eugene. Daryl looks at the man who stole his bike and crossbow. His face is burnt now, and he introduces himself as Dwight. Daryl was right; he should have killed him when he had the chance. The arrow came from Daryl’s crossbow, but Denise wasn’t the one he was aiming for. Dwight wants to be let into Daryl’s complex, and wants to be allowed to take whatever and whoever they want. If his demands are not met, they will kill Eugene, then Rosita, and then Daryl.

The Walking Dead, S06E14

Eugene takes one for the team, grabbing a mouthful of Dwight’s manhood after spotting Abraham hiding behind some barrels, apparently having been following Eugene. He surprises the group and starts shooting. Rosita gets the guns, and Daryl slashes a neck before he starts shooting. Gunfire erupts and walkers descend causing Dwight to call for the Saviors to fall back. Eugene is shot in the crossfire. The three carry him back to Alexandria. Luckily he was only grazed, and the antibiotics will likely save his life. Abraham apologizes for doubting his abilities and says, “You know how to bite a d*ck – and I mean that in the nicest way possible.”

The Walking Dead, S06E14

Daryl retrieves Denise’s body, and buries her in their graveyard while holding a vanity keychain she took from the store. It reads "Dennis", which was her twin brother's name. Carol joins him and they dig mostly in silence. She sees what the audience sees as well. This one is going to have a lasting effect.

“You were right,” Carol says. “I knew it when you said it.”

The Walking Dead, S06E14

In a last tragic twist, Carol leaves Alexandria, leaving behind only a letter for Tobin to find that says she can’t face another threat and she cannot kill anymore. This letter is addressed to the community as a whole:

I love you all, and I would have to kill for you. I can’t; I won’t. I can’t love anyone because I can’t kill for anyone anymore. I am going like I always should have. Don’t come after me, please.

This is not the last of Carol no doubt. Someone will go after her despite her request not too, likely Daryl. The death of Denise will have a resounding effect of Alexandria now that the only doctor is dead. When Tara returns from her supply run with Heath to find her having been killed, her reaction is going to reopen this wound for Daryl. She came to him for protection and she died as result of mistakes. Not killing Dwight has come back on him in the worst way possible, and that kind of guilt is hard to live with. It clouds judgment and leads to careless mistakes. Daryl may actually end up getting himself killed despite his good intentions.

The Walking Dead, S06E14

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MOVIE REVIEW: Deathgasm (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Deathgasm (2015)

 

DeathgasmBy Nick Durham

Heavy metal up your fucking ass. That’s what Deathgasm promises, and holy mother of fucking shit, that’s what Deathgasm delivers on. A delirious, New Zealand-birthed film revolving around metal, demons, and hysterical gross out moments, this film is a total fucking treat, and that’s saying it lightly. Fifteen minutes into this movie, I knew I stumbled upon something special.

Deathgasm revolves around Brodie (Milo Cawthorne): an abandoned teenage metal head that is stuck living with some fairly conservative family members that don’t approve of his dress style, taste in music, or penchant for playing some blistering licks on his guitar (it should go without saying that I totally relate to this kid, but I digress). Anyway, Brodie meets local troublemaker and fellow metal head Zakk (James Blake), and of course they decide to start their own band. Before you know it, they inadvertently summon up an ancient evil that begins taking demonic possession of the local townfolk.  What results is some of the most hilariously amazing scenes you’ll see in a horror flick around today.

Nearly everything about Deathgasm is wondrous. The film’s screenplay and scenes are peppered throughout with various metal-flavored in-jokes and nods to the metal genre. Combined with the pitch-black comedic moments and even more nods to 80s horror flicks (this film owes a lot to Evil Dead and Demons), you won’t be able to do much else other than love this fucking film. The film’s makeup and gore effects, and especially the soundtrack, are totally fucking killer.

Now for as much as I love Deathgasm, it isn’t perfect. In fact, it falls just short of being an all-time classic, albeit just barely. The bro relationship between Brodie and Zakk, and the love triangle with the super fine Medina (Kimberly Crossman), doesn’t get as much depth served to it as I would’ve liked. That and sometimes the film’s pacing is sometimes all over the place. All of that aside, this is a fucking great time.




All in all, if you’re a longtime fan of metal music, you owe it to yourself to see Deathgasm. Even if you’re not into metal music, you’ll find a lot to admire here regardless if anything like Evil Dead or Demons is up your alley. If you don’t get even a smidge of enjoyment out of this, I think something may be wrong with you, and we just can’t be friends.

Rating: 4/5

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COMING SOON: Deathgasm (2015)

By Kev B.

Deathgasm

Deathgasm

In a world overrun with found footage films and remakes full of computer generated special effects, it’s not often I actually look forward to a new release, but I am seriously psyched for the new heavy metal splatter flick Deathgasm. It’s been described as “Brutal as fuck”, and I really hope it lives up to my unusually high expectations.

According to the synopsis in the press kit for Deathgasm at the official site:

High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant ultimate power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth the Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers... And this is only the beginning!

It’s up to Brodie, Zakk, and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.

A blood-soaked and hilarious horror comedy, Deathgasm features an amazing original soundtrack of fist-banging metal and practical effects to satisfy metalheads and splatter fans alike. Deathgasm will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs, and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it.

In an interview with metalinjection.net, writer/director Jason Lei Howden was asked to think of one sentence that would get readers excited about seeing Deathgasm. His reply:

If you took a baby, got it really stoned, made it listen to Skinless on repeat while an endless stream of horror movies played on a shitty old VHS player, feeding it only pizza, beer, and disapproval, then after a couple of decades it would end up making Deathgasm (Please don’t do that to an actual baby, you sick bastards).

He sounds like a man after my own heart, and has an impressive list of influences too. Citing fellow New Zealander Peter Jackson's Bad Taste as the first horror film he ever saw and Cannibal Corpse as the first metal band he ever heard, it sounds like his head and heart are in the right place to have created a new midnight movie masterpiece. He worked for Jackson's special effects company WETA Digital for six years but says the effects for Deathgasm are not CGI and the film is soaked in gallons of blood in an homage to gore fests like Dead Alive and Dead By Dawn.

With a sequel (Deathgasm II: Live Undead) already in the works, this semi-auto biographical coming of age story drenched in blood and guts is poised to become an instant splatstick classic. It looks like a good old “save the world and get the girl” kind of flick, dripping with gore, a nice dose of humor, and a soundtrack filled with some serious black and death metal. The countdown has begun. Coming to VOD and select theaters in the US on October 2, 2015.

View the full interview with writer/director Jason Lei Howden and check out the official Deathgasm website.

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MUSIC REVIEW (RETRO): Demon Knight Soundtrack

By Nick Durham

demon knight

Has it really been 20 years since Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight first came out? It's hard to believe that it's really been that damn long. It's even harder to believe that Tales from the Crypt has been off the air for almost that long as well. With all that in mind, Tales from the Crypt has always held a special place in my heart. The TV show itself was basically my own personal introduction to horror in my youth, and while I still enjoy Demon Knight to this very day, it's the film's soundtrack that has resonated with me even more so than the actual film.

Like how the show was an introduction of sorts for me to the horror realm, the soundtrack to Demon Knight was an introduction for me to metal music that wasn't somehow related to Ozzy Osbourne or Metallica. This was the first time that I can remember hearing Pantera, Ministry, Megadeth, and others that would continue to resonate with me as I got older, and helped mold my love of the metal genre. Even though most of the tracks featured here are from previously released material from their respective artists, they all manage to fit the atmosphere not only of the film, but of the comic book horror lunacy of Tales from the Crypt as a whole.

Opening track "Cemetery Gates" is a classic single from Pantera's "Cowboys from Hell", only here we get an edited take on it that shaves about a minute and a half off the run time. Ministry's "Tonight We Murder" is lovely, while Machine Head's "My Misery" seems to be an original track provided for the film. Megadeth's "Diadems" sounds like a B-side from the "Rust in Peace"/"Symphony of Destruction" era, and Melvins provides "Instant Larry", which is pretty damn kicking.

The legendary Henry Rollins is here with Rollins Band (who else would he be with?) providing "Fall Guy", which isn't really anything special in all honesty, but Biohazard's "Beaten" and Sepultura's "Policia" more than make up for it and make me want to smash my head into a wall in a good way. Filter is here with the only song they're known for besides that fucking annoying ass "take my picture" song from the end of the century, with "Hey Man, Nice Shot", which may be about Kurt Cobain or Bud Dwyer. Take your pick. Finally the soundtrack ends with the lone hip-hop track here, "1-800-SUICIDE" by Gravediggaz. I've never been into hip-hop too much, but this song is wonderful. Not to mention the fact that I can still recite the whole thing word for word to this day.

In closing, the Demon Knight soundtrack may appear to be nothing special at first glance, but for those that were around when all this originally hit, it will hold a special place in your heart. I still listen to many of the songs featured here to this very day, and because of this soundtrack, it helped me discover so much wonderful music as the years would go on. Maybe I'm talking it up a bit more than what it's worth because of the sake of nostalgia, but I can't help myself. It was special to me then, and it's special to me now. Check it out if you never have before.

Rating: 4/5

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