Release Year: 2014
3) Graveyard Girl
4) The Final Night
5) Planet Wolfton
6) Zombie Werewolves From Outer Space
7) She Screams
The Casket Creatures have been one of my favorite bands of the last few years. Both Tales From The Unknown and Sex, Blood & Rock N’ Roll have gotten regular play since their releases in the Deadhouse. So one can only imagine how hard it was for me to contain my excitement when I was given an opportunity to get my grubby mitts on am advanced copy of their newest effort, She Screams. After speaking with Ryan, the band’s front man, I was advised that the tracks I would be reviewing were at about the 95% mark in final mixing, but very few changes would be made from this point. He also informed me that the reason for an EP as opposed to a full length was to get more music out there for the fans, and to give everyone a solid look at where they are in the bands growth.
And I can happily report that where the band is at is excellent. Right from the get go you hear a band that has a true love for the horrorpunk world. This EP is definitely the next logical step for the band, as you can easily hear a progression from the days of Tales From The Unknown, while still retaining their signature sound.
The album begins with GKMF, which I will leave for you to hear to discover the meaning of. Its a perfect intro song as it is in your face and sets the tone for what’s to come. Its also the hardest track on the album, and I believe setting it at the beginning was a great choice. I am a strong believer in having something great to catch the listeners ear right from the hop, whether it be something that gets you going right away, or a well done intro instrumental. If you aren’t singing along with the chorus by the end of it, there may be no hope for you.
Next comes the first single, Haunted. This is without a doubt the catchiest chorus in the bands history. Even after the first time I listened I had this tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day. In my case it usually takes a few listens before I get to that point, so that is certainly saying something. The melody in the chorus is just phenomenal. The guitars also deserve a shoutout on this track, as they add to the melody in a fantastic manner.
Up next is Graveyard Girl. While there is no shortage of songs about graveyard based love in the genre, this song is definitely a great addition to the heap. At this point I also want to point out how great Ryan’s vocals are on this EP. If you know me or have read any of my prior reviews, it is obvious that vocals are a big sticking point for me. It’s actually one of the reasons I tend to not be a big fan of psychobilly or the more extreme forms of horror based music. And since I have been listening to The Casket Creatures for a few years now, I have been able to witness the growth and progression of the vocals. Saying he has come into his own would be an understatement, as I consider this some of my favorite vocals in not only the genre, but in all of music.
The Final Night comes next, and this is the tune that initially struck me as a favorite right away. In all truth, after my first listen through of the EP this was the first song that I immediately went back to and gave another listen. Going from sirens and starting slowly before exploding into the chorus, this has to be one of my favorite songs ever written about the inevitable apocalypse. It also made me realize that there are not enough songs with lyrics referencing the Horsemen of the apocalypse, so bonus points there for certain.
Next we take a slight detour with Planet Wolfton. While intended as a silly prelude to the next song, it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. It shows that the band has a true sense of humor to go along with their love of the genre. I don’t want to spoil too much, but if you don’t laugh at least once during this track, I have absolutely no interest in knowing you as a human being. All I can really say is….. “FOR PLANET WOLFTON!”
So as I mentioned, Planet Wolfton serves as the precursor to Zombie Werewolves From Outer Space, which is another delicious slice of horror-based punk. I can definitely see this being a popular live track, especially if paired together with a recording of Planet Wolfton. It just seems like the perfect type of track for audience sing-alongs.
Finally the all-too short album ends with the title track, She Screams. As cliché as it may sound, the phrasing of saving the best for last would apply here. What I said earlier about Haunted being the catchiest chorus I can remember hearing from the band goes out the morgue window. The vocal melodies in the chorus are fantastic. If modern radio wasn’t so terrible and ever gave horrorpunk a spin, I could without a doubt seeing this one get radio play.
Overall, my only complaint would be that we are only getting an EP instead of a full length. But if we look at it as a precursor to the next step in the bands evolution, I just can’t see any fan not being pleased with it. It goes along great with both Tales From The Unknown and Sex, Blood & Rock N’ Roll, and I for one cannot wait for the next album to drop. The Casket Creatures are one of the bands you definitely want to keep an eye on as they continue to represent our beloved genre so well.
Standout Track: She Screams