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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: 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: Misfits Reunion @ Riot Fest 2016

MUSIC REVIEW: Misfits Reunion @ Riot Fest 2016

By Shock
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Misfits 9/18/2016
Photo credit: riotfest.org
Throughout life, we all have the need to see a band that made us who we are today. Music comes to us, and speaks to something deep inside every person. No matter whom it is or what kind of music it is, music speaks to us and, I dare say, is a necessity of life in order to survive.
Some of the bands we go through in our lives stick to our souls and yet there is no chance of seeing a live performance, bands like Queen with a front man as inspirational, charismatic and amazing as Freddie Mercury. Some of us never had the pleasure and honor to see him perform with a band that changed the standard of music. That’s just one example of thousands, and most of us who can bounce between genres, we also have home where we go to.
For me, home is Horror Punk and although some would say it pales in comparison to bands that can’t be classified like Queen. It is still where my heart and soul have been for many years. This genre was made famous by a small little band we now know as the MISFITS, a band that has a legacy that has been undeniable for decades. So when I got the email from the Riotfest.org mailing list that was nothing more than a picture of the iconic Crimson Ghost that stated ORIGINAL MISFITS LINE UP, I may have felt my heart sink. Tears flooded my eyes, and I literally screamed. Laugh if you must, but I totally did scream in the middle of a grocery store. Looked at the email on my phone and emotion flooded me. It was like finally having a dream come true – a phrase that is often used but rarely true. We have all been hearing for over 30 years “It will never happen!” Well, it was happening, and the skeptics came out in droves to instantly try to disprove this and call it a hoax. There was not a care in the world on my end of it, I logged on right way and dropped a healthy chunk of money to purchase tickets.
One thing I know is the music industry, not the lives of the people but the industry itself, so I figured of course there had to have been a solid contract in place. So I wasn’t worried like many others were, stating their past beef ruining the reunion. Now, enough of that, let’s break down the show.
It was a long three days of Riot Fest in Chicago. I spent the months prior awaiting the three day festival. Of course, being into punk and metal, I attended the whole three day event, eagerly anticipating Sunday and the opportunity to witness a band that created a genre that had influenced some of the biggest names in the music world.
The energy was intense with 50,000+ people in attendance. For us into the underground music scene, most shows have maybe 500 people tops. This was the most intense experience, the stage garnished with two giant sized jack-o-lanterns from the Halloween EP cover in and, of course, numerous crimson ghosts all over the place. So once the band took stage, the audience erupted into cheers and applause and other audience noises that nearly broke the sound barrier! Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar, Acey Slade (Murderdolls, Dope, Trashlight Vision and more) on second guitar, Jerry Only on bass, Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantomas, Suicidal Tendencies, and more) on drums and of course the almighty Glenn Danzig on vocals.
Opening up the show with “Death Comes Ripping” – a powerful way to start off the set in my opinion, the earth shook once that first beat from Mr. Lombardo’s drum intro hit. And I’m not exaggerating. The ground literally was shaking, and it was pure amazement. There was a lot going on, from the stage with the lights and screens to the crowd moving like waves; it was the time we all were waiting for and damn did it hit hard.
Some have said that Glenn sounds great, but you couldn’t hear him over everyone else singing along to every single song, so I don’t know what they could have been hearing honestly. The performance as a whole was very energetic and very unexpected, with all of them running about like they were 17 again and taking over the stage like kids on a play ground. This was unexpected only because the Misfits original members are a bit aged. There had been a lot of speculation from super elite fans that the performance was going to lack. However, just look at the shape they are in; there was no way it was going to be what was predicted all over the Internet. And I’m sure the energy from the insane amount of people in attendance really fueled the energy they put off. Their overall performance really was like seeing a band of younger cats doing what needs to be done to put on the best show. I have seen HUNDREDS of concerts in my time, and I can confidently say that the way they owned the stage was right up there with the hype and energy of bands like Suicidal Tendencies, AFI, Terror and other high energy bands.
The band slid effortlessly from song to song, each one an obvious classic. The vibe never drowned, and endless flashing designs played on the screen on the back of the stage. You couldn’t even tell it was 10:00 PM and pitch black outside. Many have speculated what the origins are behind the songs. As fans we don’t really know what the songs are truly about, so hearing straight from Danzig’s mouth what “I Turned Into a Martian” was really about or how the infamous “Bullet” JFK art was created was truly a gift to any true fan.
Seeing this live took me back to the first time I heard the MISFITS as a kid, and how it was different from other punk bands. If you’re not familiar with the Misfits, well you’ve been under a coffin far too long. They mixed the two things I love most: horror and music. This took me back to a time when everything was okay with the world and listening to your favorite band made you feel like you could do anything. Seeing them perform together live – something that will probably never happen again – made it all the more of a positive experience.
Overall, this was an amazing and a once in a lifetime event that I am very fortunate to have attended. Anyone that was there know exactly how heavy and intense it was. Everyone who had the means to make it but did not really missed out. This is your own problem. All who did not have the means, I am truly sorry that you could not make it to this historic event.
So, until next time, keep your ears to the streets. There is more horror music out there, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will hear about it real soon.
Keep it Creepy,
-Schock
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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Green Room - Band

Photo by Scott Green © Broad Green Pictures

A punk rock band gets more than they bargained for in this no holds barred riveting thriller. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party 2007 and Blue Ruin 2013) does another job well done executing a slow burn thriller packed with punk music, machetes, carnage, vengeance and Neo-Nazis. What more could you ask for in a white knuckle thriller? A local punk band drives from venue to venue to play shows and make some cash and when they believe they’ve landed the gig of a lifetime, that is when all bets are off.

After the band finishes playing their set, they begin leaving the premises that is until one of the members realizes he left his cell phone back in the room. Pat, played by Anton Yelchin (RIP), offers to retrieve it and witnesses a grisly murder. The band is then forced back into the room and held hostage until Darcy, the owner of the club (played by the great Patrick Stewart), shows up and can figure out what to do. But it seems that Darcy has a very sharp plan up his sleeve for the band and that is to wipe the slate clean. The group have no intentions on staying in the building and will do whatever it takes to stay alive…or die trying.

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From the moment they witness the murder, the film is covered in blood. As well as horrifying deaths. As the clock ticks and the body count rises, time begins running out and the group faces one hell of a nightmare. As a hardcore movie lover I will say that Green Roomis the best movie of the year thus far and with all the crap coming out later on this year I will bet anything that nothing will come close to beating this film. If you haven’t had the chance to view Green Room, what the hell are you waiting for? It’s a balls to wall, hardcore film that is guaranteed to be talked about for years to come.

2/2 Sisters

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The Haunting Sounds of CALABRESE

The Haunting Sounds of CALABRESE

By John Roisland
 

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Hailing from the hot dusty plains of Phoenix, Arizona, the three blood brothers of Bobby, Jimmy and Davey Calabrese are a hard-hitting, ghoulishly-sounding, straight from the grave, in your face rock band known as Calabrese.
 
Calabrese self-released their first EP Midnight Spookshow in 2003, which brought them higher acclaim and huge positive feedback in the underground and independent music scene, and has been on the move ever since with no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
Since their first release, Calabrese, has brought us other great albums as:
 

-13 Halloweens
-The Traveling Vampire Show
-Calabrese III: They Call Us Death
-Born with a Scorpion’s Touch
-Lust for Sacrilege

 
The band has once stated having been influenced by The Dead Boys, Stooges, and even Motörhead, among many others, all of which do come out within their music along with their own style and sound.
 
Calabrese‘s music conjures up scenes of early monster movies – a graveyard under a full moon – the feeling of Halloween in the air. Having a love for monster movies and horror from a very young age, Calabrese holds true to this in their lyrics and image.
 

Their music is tight and comes with a great production value, which is a rare treat among this style of music. Many other bands try to deliver but fall short on the sound quality. Not these guys! Even the sound samples they often use to open some songs with is all top quality. This is grade A horror rock-n-roll!
 
That leads me to what i think is the  greatest thing about Calabrese. These guys drive a horror sound with them and are they a horror band, but they are also punk, rock, rock-a-billy and more.YES THEY ARE! The boys bring you the best of it many rock genres!  Because of this, Calabrese is actually hard to narrow down and  categorize. If you run a general search online, they’re called a punk band; yet if you search the music website Pandora, they’re hooked up with other artists such as the The Misfits,  Blitzkid, and other horror-based bands, including many with a rockabilly style. I really admire that Calabrese doesn’t limit themselves or feel that they have to live up to certain labels.
 
Don’t get me wrong, they do deliver  great sounding horror rock n roll…but they reach beyond their own tombs to bring you great music!
 
Calabrese has been holding true in my top personal favorites for some time now. My only disappointment by them, was having missed them playing in Baltimore last winter, only would have been about a 30 minute drive for me. So do your self a huge favor, find out where these guys are playing, go to their show… and get me a 3X t-shirt from them… I’M NOT KIDDING!!! And while you’re at it, get yourself one. Support the band, they will love you for it and you’ll love the music of Calabrese!
 
Keep It Evil.
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