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GWAR has been one of my favorite bands for the past 30 years now. Known for playing on or around Halloween in Baltimore I took every opportunity to grab some passes to see them now that I’m back in Maryland after many years of being gone from the area. Rams Head Live in Baltimore was the venue on this Thursday night. A good sized club always brings in big acts and is a pretty cool venue with pretty much not a bad seat( all general admission) in the place. GWAR is one band that to see live is one that I would HAVE to cover for a story. My wife Steff had never seen GWAR before, that alone was almost reason enough to go.

By the time we got there GHOUL was just about to go on stage. GHOUL is a fun mix of GWAR, MENTORS, MISFITS with a touch of MOTORHEAD! Keeping in touch with the Halloween spirit with a horror punk sound. I don’t think Gwar could have found a better band to hit the road with. Both lyrically and their stage presence oozes horror. As for starters, if your not familiar with GHOUL, they all wear burlap sack, masks with bloody mouths, have stage actors that they behead and spray blood out on to the crowd and sing of death and graveyards while they have the look of just committed a nasty home invasion. GHOUL ARE  FUCKING AWESOME!! What a great live act and a great bunch of guys as I was fortunate enough to have run into a few of them after the show.

                                           

Finally,…after a bit of a wait from what seemed to have been some technical issues, GWAR makes their way to the stage. By this time the crowd had started to fill up, sadly it wasn’t to overly packed, but then again it was a Thursday ….and the general age of the crowd…well, we aren’t as young as we once were. GWAR come out on stage and its always something new, every tour. The stage show is creative, overwhelming at times, oh..and bloody violent. Kind of makes you feel like your mixing a Lloyd Kaufman film to shock rock extreme music, in one live nightmare!

This was my first time having seen GWAR since the passing of the late great ODERUS URUNGUS, it was hard waiting to hear some of the old classics, and yet only one was done, Black and Huge. It was actually kind of nice that the band left it alone. Regardless, the stage show over the top as always, and for the club only charging $20.00 tickets, makes you wonder how these guys are making a penny because they really do put a lot into it!

Of course, they always touch on a few big media items such as government and religion, that the boys are always more than welcome to slay and befoul on stage and spray gallons of blood and other bodily fluids on to the audience. From a decapitated priest to Blothar ejaculating on the crowd, it was a wet floor, to say the least!

   

 

It was the same day as the show that the heart-wrenching news surfaced about guitarist Michael Derks, best known to the world as Balsac the Jaws of Death. I had noticed from the get go that he wasn’t on stage. So, just kind of assumed that with the recent medical news that maybe he had decided to take the rest of the tour off…I was wrong. It must have been the third song that Balsac made his stage presence, and what a crowd response he was given, and seemed as if he really played his heart out that night.

                                                      
GWAR played for over an hour and a half. For these aging gentlemen, those costumes, props, lighting, stage theatrics and pure energy, I’ve got to give them credit cause most of the people in the crowd were winded. The last song came around, and how suiting, it was a cover of AC/DC’s If You Want Blood. Not only did they do a great job of the song, they also did a great job of making a complete mess of the venue and everyone that was in it! If you were one of the fortunate ones who hadn’t got spewed or gutted on, you were about to! I honestly don’t think there was a dry place in the club by the end of the song.

As I mentioned earlier, my wife had never seen GWAR before. When they came on stage she and I got split up, I went up to the stage to take photo’s and she went front and center stage in the crowd with old friend of mine who catches them every time they roll into town with his daughter no less. So the band exited the stage, house lights came on, ..and they were, the three of them, all blue and red and I do mean from head to toe soaked in stage spray! The smile on my wife’s face was priceless, she had been GWAR’d!!

GHOUL and GWAR thank you both for the passes and thank you both for such a great show, you guys are the goods!!

Visit Gwar on their website and see all the great things you’ve been missing: Gwar-Official Site of the Gods also check out the almighty and amazing GHOUL on their official site..I’m telling you this band is something to look out for. Ghoul-Official site!

                                                                    
Keep it Evil

CONCERT REVIEW: GHOUL/GWAR RAMS HEAD LIVE 10/26/17

GWAR has been one of my favorite bands for the past 30 years now. Known for playing on or around Halloween in Baltimore I took every opportunity to grab some passes to see them now that I’m back in Maryland after many years of being gone from the area. Rams Head Live in Baltimore was the venue on this Thursday night. A good sized club always brings in big acts and is a pretty cool venue with pretty much not a bad seat( all general admission) in the place. GWAR is one band that to see live is one that I would HAVE to cover for a story. My wife Steff had never seen GWAR before, that alone was almost reason enough to go.

By the time we got there GHOUL was just about to go on stage. GHOUL is a fun mix of GWAR, MENTORS, MISFITS with a touch of MOTORHEAD! Keeping in touch with the Halloween spirit with a horror punk sound. I don’t think Gwar could have found a better band to hit the road with. Both lyrically and their stage presence oozes horror. As for starters, if your not familiar with GHOUL, they all wear burlap sack, masks with bloody mouths, have stage actors that they behead and spray blood out on to the crowd and sing of death and graveyards while they have the look of just committed a nasty home invasion. GHOUL ARE  FUCKING AWESOME!! What a great live act and a great bunch of guys as I was fortunate enough to have run into a few of them after the show.

                                           

Finally,…after a bit of a wait from what seemed to have been some technical issues, GWAR makes their way to the stage. By this time the crowd had started to fill up, sadly it wasn’t to overly packed, but then again it was a Thursday ….and the general age of the crowd…well, we aren’t as young as we once were. GWAR come out on stage and its always something new, every tour. The stage show is creative, overwhelming at times, oh..and bloody violent. Kind of makes you feel like your mixing a Lloyd Kaufman film to shock rock extreme music, in one live nightmare!

This was my first time having seen GWAR since the passing of the late great ODERUS URUNGUS, it was hard waiting to hear some of the old classics, and yet only one was done, Black and Huge. It was actually kind of nice that the band left it alone. Regardless, the stage show over the top as always, and for the club only charging $20.00 tickets, makes you wonder how these guys are making a penny because they really do put a lot into it!

Of course, they always touch on a few big media items such as government and religion, that the boys are always more than welcome to slay and befoul on stage and spray gallons of blood and other bodily fluids on to the audience. From a decapitated priest to Blothar ejaculating on the crowd, it was a wet floor, to say the least!

   

 

It was the same day as the show that the heart-wrenching news surfaced about guitarist Michael Derks, best known to the world as Balsac the Jaws of Death. I had noticed from the get go that he wasn’t on stage. So, just kind of assumed that with the recent medical news that maybe he had decided to take the rest of the tour off…I was wrong. It must have been the third song that Balsac made his stage presence, and what a crowd response he was given, and seemed as if he really played his heart out that night.

                                                      
GWAR played for over an hour and a half. For these aging gentlemen, those costumes, props, lighting, stage theatrics and pure energy, I’ve got to give them credit cause most of the people in the crowd were winded. The last song came around, and how suiting, it was a cover of AC/DC’s If You Want Blood. Not only did they do a great job of the song, they also did a great job of making a complete mess of the venue and everyone that was in it! If you were one of the fortunate ones who hadn’t got spewed or gutted on, you were about to! I honestly don’t think there was a dry place in the club by the end of the song.

As I mentioned earlier, my wife had never seen GWAR before. When they came on stage she and I got split up, I went up to the stage to take photo’s and she went front and center stage in the crowd with old friend of mine who catches them every time they roll into town with his daughter no less. So the band exited the stage, house lights came on, ..and they were, the three of them, all blue and red and I do mean from head to toe soaked in stage spray! The smile on my wife’s face was priceless, she had been GWAR’d!!

GHOUL and GWAR thank you both for the passes and thank you both for such a great show, you guys are the goods!!

Visit Gwar on their website and see all the great things you’ve been missing: Gwar-Official Site of the Gods also check out the almighty and amazing GHOUL on their official site..I’m telling you this band is something to look out for. Ghoul-Official site!

                                                                    
Keep it Evil




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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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Schock’s Top 5 Albums for the Halloween Mood

Schock’s Top 5 Albums for the Halloween Mood

I’m going to run through five albums to put you in the Halloween spirit. We all love music, and we all have stuff we are used to. I’m always on the hunt for something new and fresh, so let me help you out this Halloween season. You cannot go wrong with my Top 5 Albums That Scream HALLOWEEN when listened to any time of the year.
Misfits — Collection 2: This one in particular because A) It’s got the song “Halloween” on the album. It’s the original incarnation of the Misfits and a staple in any horror fans collection.Misfits_-_Collection_II_cover / Fair use doctrine.

Mister Monster — Over Your Dead Body: This album is so fucking good. The whole vibe of the record gives you a cold chill and makes you want to just sit by a campfire to warm up while crooning your way into your partner’s pants.Mister Monster-Over Your Dead Body / Fair use doctrine.
AFI — All Hallow’s EP and Black Sails in the Sunset EP: There was a time when AFI was absolutely amazing and these two albums... (I’m using two here because there are only 4 tracks on the All Hallow’s EP.) These two albums set a nice relaxed vibe that always, for some reason, get me thinking about walking around, kicking leaves, and enjoying the cool air. The song “Fall Children” on All Hallow’s EP is, by far, my favorite Halloween song ever written.AFI-AllHallow's and Black Sails / Fair use doctrine.
Silent Horror — Self Titled: This is a record that is from start to finish spooky and fun and screams horror and Halloween all the way through. I put this next to Mister Monster’s OYDB as one of the best horror punk records ever.Silent Horror - Self Titled / Fair use doctrine.
The Spook — Some Like It Dead: A band from the land of Germany. The Spook is another horror punk band that not only needs to be listened to, also needs to be understood. This album gives you the feeling of horror and Halloween – from the super scary factor right down to the whimsy and fun of Halloween. The Spook delivers this on this record.The Spook-Some Like It Dead / Fair use doctrine.
So there you have it the Schock TOP 5 Albums to put you in the mood for Halloween. Find them, listen and enjoy.
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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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CONCERT REVIEW: Slayer (28 June 2017)

CONCERT REVIEW: Slayer (28 June 2017)

SLAYER...SLAYER...SLAYER...SLAYER...

Slayer 01 / Image: John RoislandDid I mention SLAYER? Anyone who has ever seen the band live knows this chant oh so well! Many, many months ago, I was fortunate enough to have interviewed BJ McDonnell on a House of Tortured Souls Live podcast. McDonnell, aside being a great guy, was also the director of Hatchet 3 and most recently helmed the Slayer trilogy of music videos, which are combined make a short story and are INCREDIBLE! Well, after the interview, I had mentioned that I wanted to try to interview Slayer for the website, and after a little pushing, he gave me a few names to try. So try and try I did - for months on end. At last, word of Slayer touring surfaced. Long story short, from one name to another name, from one email to a different phone number, I landed my first photo pass for Behemoth, Lamb of God, and FUCKING SLAYER!!!!!! The days couldn't pass quickly enough!!
Friday, July 28, 2017, was the day of the show. Fortunately, I had a pretty decent day at work, so getting out on time was going to be no problem. All I would have to do is get home, get dressed, and head into downtown Baltimore. Just one small problem: FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS! The entire tri-state area got hit with downpours all day. Their promoter kept in touch with me all day, assuring me the show would continue. Guess I should have mentioned, the show was being held at a pavilion on the inner harbor, so weather could have had a huge impact on the show.
So after getting into downtown and saying FUCK YOU to the pavilion parking ($50.00! Ha!), I parked two blocks away in Little Italy (for $3.00). I then walked my ass through the now heavy mist of rain, got to will call, and there it was - my beautiful pass. I had seen Slayer many times growing up, but it was this show, at this moment, that my knees actually shook for a second.
Slayer 02 / Image: John RoislandBy the time I got in, Behemoth had already finished their set, so I pulled out my camera and lined up in between the stage and the barrier that surrounds the stage. Lamb of God came on and put on one HELL of a show!! I’ve always enjoyed them, but truth be known, I wasn't really familiar with a lot of their work. The show they put on made a fan out of me! With photo passes, you’re allowed in a designated area for the first three songs, then out you go so the front row people can enjoy the show without folks in the way.Slayer 03 - Lamb of God / Image: John Roisland
About an hour later, Lamb of God was off the stage, and Slayer’s crew was setting up. The rain stopped, the darkness took over, a cool breeze whipped through the pavilion, and you could hear the chant - ”Slayer! Slayer! SLAYER! SLAYER!!” The other cameramen and myself all lined up to get into our photo op area. The house lights went out, the roar of the crowd grew louder, and the spotlights projected pentagrams on the ceiling. At last - SLAYER had taken the stage.
The entire time I was in the photo area, I had this smile plastered on my face that couldn't have been beaten off my face with a baseball bat. There I was, standing in between Tom Araya and Kerry Fucking King, snapping pictures like a crazed tourist eager to document every moment! I was there...at the stage...closer than anyone else. The music blared, yet I heard nothing. As I mentioned, this was my first opportunity in a photo pass situation, and it was surreal. I’ve been up to - and even on - many stages for many bands through the years, but this was different. Only a few were allowed to go beyond the barrier, and I got the chance to be one of them.
After our songs were over and it was time for me to head out, I did stop and manage to take a selfie of me and Tom Araya as he was singing. I had to! I walked out and stood outside of the crowd on side stage and watched the show, walking around in awe of what I had just achieved - not only for House of Tortured Souls, but also for myself.Slayer 04 / Image: John Roisland
Slayer fucking killed it...as always. The light show was incredible, the sound was awesome, and the line up they played...well, you name it and they slayed it - from new to old. Man I couldn't have been happier. The crowd sang along to all the happy little ditties about God, Satan, war, hatred, violence, and death. I watched over the crowd and saw heads banging, arms flying, and not a single ass in a seat. As I said before, I’ve seen Slayer many times over the years. I am a HUGE fan! Years back, I would have been down in the pit, crowd surfing, or you name it. This time I was glad to have my camera with me and had the chance to watch them for who they are. I was not let down at all.
In between songs as I watched alongside the stage, the crowd screamed, but the band just stood still. Then Tom walked to the mic, hands crossed over his bass, and waited for silence. Watching him stand there, it wasn't a look of arrogance he wore but one of power. And everyone got quiet. It’s hard to explain the powerful presence the band has, but it’s truly amazing to see up close.Slayer 05 / Image: John Roisland
For over 30 years, Slayer has remained true to who they are, and it’s safe to say they ain't never gonna change! Say what you will about other metal bands – bands who may have just tour, but Slayer still reigns. Indeed, they are still the best heavy metal band of all time.Slayer 06 / Image: John Roisland
Will I continue to go see Slayer if they come back around on another tour you ask...YOU BET YOUR ASS!!
Keep it Evil...
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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: Ratbatspider – Night Of The Sharksquatch (2014)

MUSIC REVIEW: Ratbatspider – Night Of The Sharksquatch (2014)

  • 1. ...And I'm All Out Of Bubblegum
  • 2. Inward Skeleton
  • 3. Last One Out Close The Coffin Lid
  • 4. Dead Girls Don't Say No
  • 5. Night of the Sharksquatch
Sometime in the latter half of 2015, I was first introduced to the Martian rock monsters Ratbatspider. Hailing from the angry red planet but currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this horror punk outfit blends the obvious standard scene influences of The Misfits, Glenn Danzig, etc., with a heavier, more metal-influenced style that’s rare to see with bands who identify as Horror Punk. The four piece machine features vocalist Ryan Remains, bassist Chris Rat, guitarist Jack Bat, and drummer Doug Spider. The first impression this band made on me was in form of their 2014 release, Night of the Sharksquatch. The album cover shows a hulking Sasquatch with a shark’s head superimposed on it. Between the cover art, album title, and band name, I had no idea what to expect from the group and went in with zero expectations.
From the start of the album, it was obvious this was a group willing to pave their own way in a genre over-saturated with copy artists trying to emulate groups that came before them. The first track “...And I'm All Out Of Bubblegum” opens with the Rodney Piper quip from They Live where he threatens the alien invaders and then tears right into the music. Front man, Ryan Remains’ aggressive vocal track soars to drummer Doug Spider’s blasting beat as he shouts about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The track ends with a shotgun blast before the album’s second song, “Inward Skeleton”, begins. The group slows down slightly for this track and falls into a tighter groove while Remains demonstrates his capable vocal abilities as he jumps back and forth between a croon and shouting.
The third track is the disc’s longest play, coming in at 3:13. “Last One Out Close The Coffin Lid” has the characters playing a game of Russian roulette. Chris Rat’s bass line prominently carries this track as Remains barks the lyrics like, “one is six chance I’ll wind up dead, paint the room with insides of my head”. Overall, this was my favorite listen on the album. The fourth track “Dead Girls Don’t Say No” starts with Jack Bat playing a thrash-style introduction before Doug Spider starts in with another breakneck pace drum beat. This track showcases the groups plethora of influences as collectively they sound like something straight out the late 80s thrash metal scene. The band works at double time as Remains’ vocals change shape again into a more powerful howl.
The album closes with the title track, “Night of the Sharksquatch” a powerful and heavy closer centered around a Kaiju-style beast created when toxic waste fuses the infamous Sasquatch and a shark together. The light-hearted song premise shows a band that can have fun and still write incredible, gripping, and powerful music. Ratbatspider has proven time and again on each of their more current releases that they are a band with confidence in the direction they are going and the raw talent to get them there.
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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: Calabrese – Lust for Sacrilege (2015)

MUSIC REVIEW: Calabrese – Lust for Sacrilege (2015)

Image: Rock Revolt Magazine
Over the years since I first started listening to Calabrese, I thought they couldn’t get any better. Their E.P. Midnight Spookshow (way back on MP3.com) made me fall in love with this band. They were campy, fun, and cartoonish with some hard-hitting yet almost poppy rhythms that really brought something different to the scene at the time. Then 13 Halloweens comes out with the same flavor, and you could tell it’s a great band that would – and has – just kept getting better. So, skipping past the rest of the albums to the latest, which I’m going to talk about here, I’ll say those first two defined them with some of us in the early 2000s punk rock scene.
The following Calabrese expressed a lot of growth and experience from this band of three brothers. I just finally had a chance to listen to the latest record, Lust for Sacrilege, and it is definitely a solid, one hundred percent different feel from where they were until now.
The talent in the music is very present in this album. It’s slower than the previous albums, however, as after 13 Halloweens they did kind of slow it down and evolve into more adult-themed with their brand of horror rock. Lust for Sacrilege is an album that I would put in a category with bands like Sisters of Mercy and The Cult - the super dark death rock that is great to listen to and just admire the marksmanship of the lyrics, harmonies, and music that really shows what kind of band can come from the land of campy cartoons to the big screen adulthood of rock n’ roll.
I would not classify this album as Horror Punk because, like horror, there are many subgenres. In the beginning, Calabrese got straight to the point with songs like “Blood in my Eyes”, “Midnight Spook Show”, and “Backseat of my Hearse”. Moving on to the albums III-Touch of Death and Born of the Scorpions Touch, we saw that their style was evolving – maturing. Lust for Sacrilege is the ultimate mature album for a truly talented band that is strong in everything they do that each song glides smoothly from one to the other.
The album opens with “The Dark Is Who I Am”, and, man, you CANNOT get a better opening song than this as it really sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s a bit slow and different from the Calabrese signature sound they started with. It really sets the dark tone of the album. The following tracks are a little harder and faster as they move on to “Teenage Crimewave”, which showcases some of that old school Calabrese guitar riffs and driving tempo. Still, it’s not campy and is very lyrically pleasing, a solid song from start to finish that serves as a great throw back number for them musically. The rest of the album, like I said, has some really heavy vibes of The Cult, which is a fantastic band to be compared to. “Wanted Man” is probably one of my favorite songs on the album. When I first heard it, I could practically feel it actually resonating through the speakers. In short, the whole song gives off a vibe that is just amazing and needs to be felt not heard. Some slower songs on the album, such as “Serpent Flame” and “Drift into Dust, I couldn’t really get into. I don’t mind slow songs but these just didn’t do it for me, and I skip over them. On the other hand, you, the reader, may prefer such numbers. The beauty of music is there’s always something for everyone. This album exemplifies that.
For a band that came from some punk rock, campy, horror roots, Calabrese evolved and transformed their signature sound to create something marvelous with Lust for Sacrilege , a solid album with something for everyone and really keeps you listening. I highly recommend this album, and, while you’re at it, please show Calabrese some love and pick up their other albums as well. If you have a chance to see them live, let me assure you that you should. Calabrese is something you will want to experience live, and you will not be disappointed - I promise you that.
Don’t forget to check out the official Calabrese website.
Keep it Creepy
-Schock
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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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MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

By Shock
Mister Monster - Over Your Dead Body / Image: Discog.com
For about 17 years now, Mister Monster has been a staple in the Horror Punk fan's collection. Well, to those of us who have been fortunate to hear the best horror punk album ever written. Some of the newer guys and girls to the scene have stated they do not know who Mister Monster is or what they're about. For those who may not have heard the album Over Your Dead Body, here's a little song by song write up on an album that changed the way a lot of us looked at the genre of Horror Punk.
With Over Your Dead Body, released March 19, 2001, the New Jersey-based Mister Monster set a new standard with a subdivision of Horror Punk called Boo Wop. OYDB had been anticipated for a few years and prior to its release a handful of demos and singles were released. OYDB showed people what the band was about, introduced the Boo Wop sound and style, and highlighted the outstanding musicianship of the band.
The album album opens with a track called "Weird NJ", a news report about different females named Anna or Annie around the New Jersey area who have been killed, describing in detail the different fictional (or were they?) murders and cannibalistic rituals involved. They then slide into the song "Over Your Dead Body", which alone set the standard that could have carried this band for another two decades. This song is simply the best written song from start to finish. Full of murder, love, and necrophilia, this song really gets you amped for the whole record. While not every song is as masterful as this one, it certainly sets the standard and showcased what Mister Monster was capable of.
Following this amazing opening is "Guaranteed to Bleed" which we can tell by listening has that Boo Wop sound, a nice mixture of 50s/60s doo wop and modern day punk rock. It really gave way to a sound that wasn't present in any band at the time or before. Following this was "Love Thornz" and "This Night I Call Bad Luck", two songs that I've heard some say represent their lives. "This Night I Call Bad Luck" really when you put this on you're thinking, 'Yes, Jsin, I totally feel ya, bro'. With its catchy hook, and relateable lyrics that aren't precisely horror, it's still fitting for the genre and gives us a look into the mind of Jsin Trioxin and how he sees things outside of the horror field.
Track 6, "'Til the End", is by far my favorite song on the album. This track that really gets down to business musically and with such artistry that the music pulls you in and the lyrics right away give you chills. Go ahead and listen. I promise you, this one will change the way you see things, putting images in your head instantly of what is playing out in the lyrics. It's a beautiful song that is in a classification all on its own.
From here it goes into "Murder 4 Hire", a song that is very dirty in nature, evident from the end of "'Til the End", which acts as an intro to "Murder 4 Hire". "One, two, three or four..would you like any more of my blood stained fingers inside....you". Then it goes into this completely necrophilia-driven song. And if you're REALLY into horror, use it as a get your girl in the mood song instead of something like Marvin Gaye or any other Barry White type love song. This one will do it for the punkers and metal heads. The album carries on with "Bigger Shop of Horrors" and then "Prom Night".
"Prom Night" was the first song I heard from Mister Monster when it was still a demo. Let me say Boo Wop definitely is what this song defines. Paying homage to the story Carrie, "Prom Night" brings a really classic rock n' roll vibe and makes you want to grab a girl and sock hop dance. It's such a great track that it makes you feel like you're in the song. After this is "Amy Sue", and I've had many arguments with people over this song. Personally, I don't like it. Too slow for my taste, and I could never get into it at all; however, others would say it's the best song on the record. "Teenaged Dreams" and "Tina and Freddy" follow "Amy Sue" making up for the slower vibe. "Tina and Freddy" another Return of the Living Dead reference, is very fast and almost metal in style and is for sure a head banger. Getting further into the album, "Little Frankenstein" goes back to the Boo Wop style and sucks you back in to that genre created by this band. Next is "Her Open Grave", another slower piece I usually skip because, well, I just do. I've heard it a few hundred times but still can't get into the style that it is. Some of you may feel differently, and that's cool as well.
"Gore Whore" on the other hand, which is homage to Trash from Return of the Living Dead, rocks. Something that really gets you with music is not always being able to understand the singer, so when you listen to this one and hear, "She likes to bat fuck...she's my little gore whore". You won't hear bat. So, have a chuckle at this one, a lot of us have for years. It's a solid song with a heavy overtone and is great for anyone with a dirty mind and love of zombies. Then it goes right into "Resident Evil" another metal style piece; extra fast but crooner style vocals really make this song something to remember and get stuck in your head for years.
"Dead Flesh Gurl", another necrophilia driven song, is slower but still a decent listen. Next it goes into "Transylvania Mania", something completely different. This song is that. I remember listening to a radio interview with Jsin Trioxin in which he stated he and Myke Hideous were drinking one night and laid the vocals for this one. It's not really singing at all, just random spooky nonsense.
Finally, they end the album with "Send More Paramedics". What do you know? Another Return of the Living Dead reference; however, it has nothing to do with the movie. This is a ghostly tale of sorts and pretty much a love song that is another favorite of mine on the album.
This album is solid from start to finish (evidenced by the the fact I have had 18 copies of the album and that this is the first thing I mention when anyone asks what I'm into). Lyrically, it's a magical piece. I remember a conversation I had with Jsin one night when he was playing guitar for Blitzkid and the band I was in played with them that night. I asked about a particular lyric and what it meant he said, "You take away from it what you think it means". So, unless it's a blatant reference, you will have to figure it out for yourself. Musically, this is the best album period. Hands down. No matter what genre you're into, if you're a true music fan, this is the album for you. Punk, horror, rock'n'roll, metal... this album has every bit of it blended perfectly in 19 tracks.
Some of us fans have been waiting for years to finally hear new music, and all we have been given are singles here and there and word on the street that is there is another album being made. When it is released, I'll be all over it. I can say, though, topping this album is pretty impossible. I listen to many genres and many different bands, and this one has been my favorite for a very long time. This album is number 1 on my list. If you haven't listened, then click the link below and enjoy the whole thing. If you have the opportunity to purchase the album, do so! It's money well spent, I promise you that.
Keep it Creepy,
-Schock

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MUSIC REVIEW (RETRO): Demon Knight Soundtrack

By Nick Durham

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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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