Stereo Terror: The Panic Beats – A Date With Death

Release Year

Track Listing
1) Time To Kill
2) Stalker
3) Love You To Death
4) Do What I Say
5) Halfway To Hell
6) Kill You Anyway
7) Call Me Death
8) Dig Your Own Grave
9) Bury Them Deep
10) Kill And Kill Again
11) Shot On Video
12) Killer On The Loose

Just like the horror film genre, horrorpunk has many different sides to it. You have your classic bands (like Blitzkid or The Misfits), your newer soon to be classic bands (think along the lines of Shadow Windhawk And The Morticians) and of course the underappreciated gems. If you were to compare bands with a sub-genre of horror film, then Port Huron’s very own The Panic Beats would be like Lucio Fulci‘s classic exploitation sleaze fest, The New York Ripper. And I mean this in the best way possible.

My first exposure to The Panic Beats was a review in Rue Morgue magazine for their release of Without Warning. The review was not kind to the band, critiquing them for the misogynistic cover art. What the reviewer failed to put together was the fact that the cover worked along with the music. The band focuses their particular brand of horrorpunk on the sleazier side of the genre. Needless to say, my interest was piqued and I immediately sought out the album. Since then I have been a fan, and was excited to get my hands on their most recent release, A Date With Death.

Coming right out the gate with a catchy ditty entitled Time To Kill should give you an immediate idea of what you are in for. The Panic Beats don’t mess around. The music is basic and stripped down, as are the vocals. The band works though several different songs about killing you, killing others or just killing in general.

The band sticks to the same formula, so there isn’t a lot of variation to really distinguish the songs from one another, but it serves the album well as you never really get a chance to want to hit the stop button. The songs all bleed together well, keeping the 12 songs to a tight 30 minutes.

If you’re in the mood to just sit back, crack open a beer and listen to some fun horrorpunk celebrating the sleazier side of the genre, definitely check the band out. Just don’t take it too seriously, and have some fun.

You can check out The Panic Beats on their Official Facebook page and pick up a copy of A Date With Death as well as their back catalogue (it’s all awesome like this record) on the band’s Official Bandcamp page!

Killer Track
Bury Them Deep

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