Release Year 2016 Track Listing 1) O.M.G. V 2) Goin’ Down (In Flames Tonight) 3) Five Cuts From The Dead 4) Rock Till I’m Dead 5) The Devil’s Squared 6) […]
1) O.M.G. V
2) Goin’ Down (In Flames Tonight)
3) Five Cuts From The Dead
4) Rock Till I’m Dead
5) The Devil’s Squared
7) He Keeps Coming Back (From The Dead)
8) Hellish Halloween
9) Leave It All Behind,,
10) Killer On The Loose
11) Wicked Tonight
12) The Dead End V
Nearly two years ago, I was contacted by Glamster, the vocalist for Finnish band S.H.O.U.T.. At that time I was given the opportunity to listen and review their 2014 release Dead Of Night, which you can find my Stereo Terror review here. As I commented on that review, S.H.O.U.T. is absolutely like nothing else I had ever heard at the time, and to be honest, I haven’t really heard anything quite like it since. Mixing elements of glam metal, horrorpunk and hard rock to create an avant garde soundscape, S.H.O.U.T. are truly one of a kind, and since that time they have continued to perfect their unique sound, leading to their new 2016 release, Satan’s Hellraisers Of Underground Terror. Now, besides giving us the answer for what the band’s name stands for, is the new album worth your time?
That’s quite an intriguing question, because the band’s sound is undoubtedly one that will divide listeners into an either love it or hate it camp. It’s hard to imagine anyone falling in the middle. Starting much like their previous albums with the intro track O.M.G. V it is with Goin’ Down (In Flames Tonight) where new listeners are introduced to the unique style that makes S.H.O.U.T. who they are. Five Cuts From The Dead starts a little rough, but by the end finds its footing, leading into Rock Till I’m Dead, which serves as one of the catchier numbers on the album. With The Devil’s Squared the band encounters some quieter moments than on the rest of the album, helping it to stand out from the pack.
The band does have a sound where several of the songs do blend together, so when they throw a curveball like the quieter moments on The Devil’s Squared, it helps to break things up. With Dead the band continues a similar beat from the previous track leading back into the regular sound of the album. The song also features some gang vocals, but as with everything S.H.O.U.T. does, it isn’t your typical horrorpunk gang vocals. I should also point out, the drums on the album are the driving force of the sound, credited to band member TerRor. As the album progresses, many listeners will likely focus on Hellish Halloween, easily the highlight of the album. The song just comes with all the best aspects that the band present. Another highlight of the latter part of the album is Killer On The Loose. Then, just as with the opening, the album closes with The Dead End V, featuring a brief interlude of distorted vocals, closing the album.
As I’ve already mentioned, S.H.O.U.T. isn’t for everybody, but they offer an interesting blend of glam, metal, hard rock and horrorpunk. I do recommend checking the band out, whether it be through their back catalogue like the previously reviewed Dead Of Night, or this newest release. You can check the band out on Facebook here, and head over to their BandCamp page to pick up some music.