2) The Omen
3) Soundtrack For The Recently Deceased
4) Luna Rage
5) See You In The Shadows
6) The Possession
8) Fright Night
9) Prom Night 1957
10) Ecto 130 FM
Last year I covered the self-titled album from The Big Bad, which at the time was newly released (you can find that review here). As I have been revisiting some older albums and covering them here on The Deadhouse I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the album that first turned me into a fan of the West Virginian horrorpunks. The 2013 release of See You In The Shadows is where the band really came into their own and established themselves as a force to be reckoned with amongst the genre.
Cabal starts the album, and it is certainly a worthy tribute to Clive Barker‘s 1990 film Nightbreed. Truthfully, if we lived in a world where Midian by Shadow Windhawk And The Morticians did not exist, Cabal would undoubtedly be the best song I’ve heard based on Nightbreed. As it is, Cabal sits at a very close number two. Moving from a place where the monsters live, the band tackles the Antichrist with The Omen, based on the film of the same name. The song has a great sense of melody as vocalist Zackula Von Nasty sings about everyone’s favorite son of the Devil, Damien Thorn.
Soundtrack For The Recently Deceased is essentially a love letter to Lydia from one of the only three good Tim Burton films, Beetlejuice. It’s a great song that is backed by solid guitar, bass and drum work from the band. Moving away from love to one of my favorite topics, Luna Rage tackles lycanthropy. While I can honestly say I’ve never heard a non-catchy song from The Big Bad this song is absolutely ridiculous in the catchy department. It undoubtedly belongs amongst some of the great lycanthrope-inspired songs of the genre. Our title track hits next and serves as a nice segue way from the album’s first and second halves, anchored by a spoken word bridge.
The Possession stands out as one of the strongest tracks on the album, and it would not be unreasonable to say that it also belongs in the upper echelon of the band’s songs. While there is no shortage of songs inspired by the seminal 1973 classic The Exorcist, many of them not worthy of their subject matter, this song thankfully stands heads and shoulders above 98% of the pile. Bones is arguably the fastest song on the album, and it does so without sacrificing melody. While I have unfortunately not had the opportunity to see the band live, I could see this being a great live track with audience participation in the form of a sing-along during the chorus.
The band’s ode to the Tom Holland vampire classic, Fright Night comes up next, and I am not even going to try and shy away from the following fact. Fright Night is one of my favorite films ever, and this song is my absolute favorite The Big Bad song by a mile. Everything about this song just seems to gel perfectly, from the instrumentals through Zackula‘s vocals. From the first time I heard the song nary a day goes by that I don’t listen to it at least once. In truth, almost anytime I hear the song I usually end up throwing it on repeat for at least three or four listens. It’s rather hard to explain, but there is something about this song that reaches out from the speaker (or headphones) and grabs you, and doesn’t let go for it’s just over three-minute duration. It is not only my favorite song by the band, but one of my favorite songs of all-time. It really is that good.
From Peter Vincent, Charley Brewster and Evil Ed to Mary Lou, the band next pays tribute to the Prom Night series with Prom Night 1957. While most famous for its initial incarnation starring the ultimate scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen (!), most horror fans have a much fonder time reminiscing about the film’s first sequel, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (although my personal favorite is the unrelenting cheesiness of Prom Night III: The Last Kiss) and this song serves as the band’s love letter to good ol’ Mary Lou. The song is anchored around saxophonist Wolfman Jack, and has a nice throwback feeling to it. After nine songs of fast and furious horrorpunk, the band strips everything down for the Ghostbusters inspired Ecto 130 FM. It’s a haunting number that puts a final stamp on the album, and ends the album beautifully.
See You In The Shadows is a great album all around, and is interesting to look back on a few years later as an evolutionary step between the band’s first album, 2009’s After Dark and their newest effort, 2014’s self-titled album. In terms of great all around horrorpunk, it really doesn’t get much better than this. Not a bad track to be found here.
Head over to the band’s Official Website/Store to grab yourself a copy of See You In The Shadows and/or either of the band’s other albums, and if you haven’t already give the band a Like over on their Facebook page.