1) Awake The Dead
2) Rest In Pieces
5) Slow Death
6) We Come
7) I’m A Zombie (Blitzkid Cover)
I’ve always found it interesting how people first discover bands. Since being a part of the horrorpunk scene, this interest has only intensified so to speak. For myself, especially since establishing this very site, I come to discover new bands mostly through being contacted by bands inquiring about being reviewed on here, but I still spend a few hours each week looking for new bands that I might dig and be able to cover on the site. The reason I bring this up is that in the case of Zombiecock, I actually first heard of the band due to them having played a few shows with fellow Salt Lake City horrorpunks, and Deadhouse favorite, Shadow Windhawk And The Morticians.
At the time, I did not pursue the lead and actively check the band out for a multitude of reasons, but the name always lingered in the back of my head. Hell, how could it not? The band is called Zombiecock! Recently, during one of my weekly perusals of these here internets I once again stumbled across the band, and decided I was long overdue in giving the band a shot. And damn, I am really kicking myself for not doing it when I first had the chance. I never thought I’d string the following sentence together, but Salt Lake City, Utah can officially lay stake to the claim of being the home base of two of the most kickass horrorpunk bands today.
The album’s first track, Awake The Dead, serves as an introduction to the band and their particular stylings, and it does a phenomenal job of that. The band leans towards a more almost-pop like with their melodies, resulting in some of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in quite some time. The band, which consists of Willie “Wolfbite” Hatton-ward on bass and vocals, Ryan Davies and Alex Hansen both on guitar and vocals with Nic Battad rounding out the band on drums, seem to have set themselves with a formula for some kick-ass horrorpunk, and they run with it throughout Zombies Love Punk Rock. Both Rest In Pieces and Shadows continue with the faster beat and what I would undoubtedly consider the band’s strongest asset, that being the vocals. It’s always refreshing to hear new bands that aren’t trying to ape their style from either The Misfits or Blitzkid, which is also humorous as the last track on the album is a cover of the early Blitzkid track, I’m A Zombie.
With Alexa at the mid-point of the album, the band chooses to slow it down slightly, but the vocal harmonies remain just as good as the first half of the album. Slow Death picks things back up, and is certainly one of the more accessible tracks on the album. Some great guitar work is also displayed with the track. The final original tune on the album, We Come, continues the sound the band has quickly established and even features a humorous band outtake at the end. The album officially closes with the aforementioned Blitzkid cover, and it is undoubtedly one of the better covers I’ve heard. The band pays proper tribute while also retaining their own sound, which is what all of the best covers do.
Zombiecock certainly impress with their debut album, and as long as the band stays the course, they could become heavy hitters within the horrorpunk genre. I know that I will certainly be keeping an eye out for any developments with the band, and am most definitely looking forward to whatever they come up with next. All hail the Zombiecock!