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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Optimist/Pessimist – Compilation HOPE

Optimist/Pessimist – Compilation HOPE

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

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


By Shock


Horror Punk is a genre that many in the punk rock world will overlook and say, “Oh, they’re just trying to sound like the Misfits.” Coming from the heart of my being, I can say that this is not true. Yes, there are many who try. Much like any genre of music, you will have such seminal acts come around and these bands will mimic their influences heavily. However, this compilation and the compilations previous to it have proven to give the Horror Punk world a new face and a new life.

If you’re just getting into the genre, this and the previous Music of Horror-Punks.net compilations are where to start. You’ll find some acts that are well known as well as some that some of us have not heard of yet. The Horror Punk world is vast with many styles, due to the many influences from punk and metal. So now let’s break down a few of my favorite songs off of this particular album and then you’re free to download from the link that will be provided at the end of this. It’s a name-your-price type deal which is awesome for those of us on the comp, but if you wanna help out the horror-punks.net site throw a few bucks towards it. Trust me this compilation is worth every penny you put into it. Without further ado..I give to you 21 songs from the 62 track record.

Guitar iconBishop Lake – “Make You Mine”: A heavy rock and roll sound with the classic love song for stalker type quality. This song tells a story, with melodies and harmonizing that is true to the horror rock sound. This is a powerful piece that depending how you feel about someone could really work as a love song toward someone you’re stalking.

Guitar iconBloodthirsters – “Psycho City”: Campy, fun psychobilly sounding song. If you want to crawl yourself out of your grave and dance sock hop style, this one is the song for it.

Guitar iconCyclotrode X – “Killing Time”: Where Horror Punk bands pull influence from is all over the spectrum. Here’s a band with a song that really mixes it. You can hear some heavy Stooges influence as well as hints of The Exploited and some other street punk style. With a real classic sound that any one into punk rock can get down with.

Guitar iconDead End Lane – “Cat Fight”: Holy Hell! When I turned this song on, I knew it was time to get down and slam dance old school style. That’s right, this monster of a song really gritty and true to the head-climbing, stage-diving old school circle pit punk rock. This particular song is most definitely one of my favorites on the comp. A lot of what Horror Punk is about also is being all inclusive. Female vocals and female musicians are always welcomed and common here. This song really shows that off with gusto.

Guitar iconDeathwood – “Number 85”: Sing-A-Long hardcore is what I’m going to call this, an anthemesque tone with a vocalist that sounds an awful lot like Bruce Dickinson, just a splash grittier but still very impactful. Another song and band I believe everyone should be listening to. The harmonizing gang vocals really pack a punch here, as well as the music being flawlessly beautiful. You will listen and get chills, I promise you that.

Guitar iconDr. Hell – “Poison Cabinet”: I’ve been listening to this band for a while - true Horror Punks right here. Keeping to the classic punk rock sound, adding the horror flavor lyrically and visually, this is another band keeping the female musicianship in the game. Once these backups hit you’ll be like, “Oh Hell yes!” Every song they have is a hit to me. I’m glad to see them on this compilation.

Guitar iconFear Incorporated – “The Boogey Man”: This is a song, something you could really play during a Halloween mixer or in a haunted attraction and creep the hell out of people. It’s very synth-sounding and has a lot of spooky overtones and reverb that definitely is worthy of a creepy good time. On a regular basis it’s not my cup of tea, but it’s perfect for a party situation for sure.

Guitar iconGenki Genki Panic – “Two Girls One Casket”: SURF ROCK! There is nothing better than surf rock that adds horror elements. This song really had me going the whole time with no vocals, just guitar, bass, and drums. It’s a solid, reverbed surf rock number.

Guitar iconGhoultown – “I Spit on Your Grave”: Ghoultown has always been a staple in my personal collection. I forget exactly what they call their blend of cowboy horror, but I can say this old west meets slasher movie mix is amazing. This particular song is a great introduction to this band if you’ve never heard them. To add to it if you ever get a chance to see this band live, then I highly recommend you do so.

Guitar iconHaiduk – “Azyr”: This one threw me off a lot. It’s the music of Horror-Punks.net yes so there’s a lot of variety. However, thrashy death metal I was not expecting. Fast, precise, technical, brutal this is definitely an artist worth checking out if you’re really into the metal world.

Guitar iconJasonxVoorhees – “WYFSM”: Horror, Straight Edge, Hardcore. These dudes are the coolest; I’ve been friends with these guys for a while. We have done a few compilations together musically for charities, and these cats are solid good-hearted fellas for sure. This song really showcases their hard-hitting sound mixing Hardcore, Metal, and Horror to make music that is definitely worthy of listening to. You’ll really feel this band, claiming their own subcategory of all of this calling it Horror Edge!

Guitar iconJess-O-Lantern – “Corpse Revival”: More of this female flavored Horror Rock! I love this for sure. It’s upbeat, bob your head, dance around type horror rock. If you’re a fan of music at all, this is what you need to hear. I went through the Internet and found more of Jess O Lantern, and I can say it’s a solid experience.

Guitar iconMarquis DeBlood – “Death Knocks Three Times”: Woooo! This is dude has been on the scene forever with some different projects, and this, by far, is my favorite. I could listen to this song over and over and never get tired of it. There is not a single word in the whole thing, just symphonic, creepy, horrifying greatness!

Guitar iconMutant Reavers – “Blood Magic”: This band has more of that classic horror sound. With a voice that resembles early Danzig (or Samhain, if you will). Musically, if played in a live performance, I can see a crowd erupting with some old school pogo dancing and then throw down circle pit. They have a good mix in this one song, a very enjoyable band to listen to.

Guitar iconOthers – “Heart of Darkness (Tales of Dracula)”: If you’re into symphonic music with BEAUTIFUL female vocals, this is that song! Listen to this band as a whole. It’s another one I’ve been listening to for many years and even did art for them years ago. To be introduced to this band with this song is ideal. I’ve probably listened to it 9 times in a row just to soak it all in.

Guitar iconPoison Anthem – “Choke and Die”: Okay, I’ll say it again and you’ve probably figured out that I love female vocals in this particular subgenre especially. This song is amazing and another top favorite on this record. This band is front to back just solid. If you want punk rock, this is it right here. If any song gets listened to first, make it this one.

Guitar iconScanner – “Just Like Bela”: This song is a little hard to describe really. Reverby vocals and a great rock n’ roll sound coming from it. With a catchy hook, I can’t really stop listening to it. So just listen and like it.

Guitar iconScarecrow – “Horror of the Beach Party”: Another catchy tune with a super catchy sing along vibe. Imagine, if you will, Dropkick Murphys but as a Horror Punk band. This would be that band, and I checked their other songs out and they should easily be right up there on the best of the best list.

Guitar iconxSchockx – “Bloodbath Orgy”: Okay, I can’t review myself, but I have to give an honorable mention to my music. I don’t say band because it’s all just me creating what I call “HardGore” music. About the song: It is based on a couple that get pleasure from murdering people then having relations over their bodies. Sorry for the PG rating of the description.

Guitar iconSlavething – “Queen of the Dead”: HORROR PUNK 100%. Melodic, Upbeat, Great to grab a girl/guy and just start dancing to. The sound these cats put off is exactly what Horror Punk is about.

Guitar iconThe Casket Creatures – “Spirit of Vengeance”: Punk rock at its finest - harmonizing vocals that really stand out, and guitar work that is so solid you can just feel it. This one is in my top 3 for sure on the whole record, clean and crisp and Horror Punk gold.

Guitar iconVoice of Doom – “Dead Things”: Some of that Samhain flavor of Horror Punk rock goodness. An enjoyable sound that gets your head banging, then the infamous Danzig style: slow down, then speed up. It’s some good stuff for sure. Zombies, blood, and guts. Can’t beat it!

So there you have it kids. The Music of Horror-Punks.net Vol. IIII is a great record all the way through, and these are just some of my favorites from the over 62 track compilation. Each artist brings something different to the table, giving an idea that not all Horror Punk is “whoa” and horror movie references; it’s actually filled with diversity and talent. So, please check it out at The Music of Horror-Punks.net Vol. IIII.

Keep it Creepy,
-Schock

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