1) Pale Chicks Go To Hell
2) Dead Love
3) For Thousand Autumns
4) With Your Ghost
5) Miss Fortune
7) Like A Fall Leaf
8) Lobo Hombre en Paris (Bonus Track)
As any longtime readers know, I am always on the hunt for new music in our beloved horrorpunk genre, sometimes shooting off to bands that may be more rock, metal or just have horror aspects to them. So when I come across a band that reeks of pure horrorpunk, I am always a happy reviewer. Upon first discovering Horrorscopes based out of Mexico, the first thing that came to my mind was how similar it sounded to early AFI when they still were a more straight-forward punk band. Needless to say I was happy to purchase their debut album Batkin and hoped that the whole album would stand up to what I heard on my first listen.
The band, consisting of Marko Garcia on vocals and guitar, Jorge Romero on bass and backing vocals, Jose Romero on drums and second guitarist Alan Larraga show with Batkin that they know what it takes to be a horrorpunk band in today’s day and age. Through the first few tracks “Pale Chicks Go To Hell” and “Dead Love” there is a ferocity and angry feel through the music and vocals, while the lyrics are laced with your standard horror tropes.
By the time the band hits “For Thousand Autumns” most listeners will have made a decision if the band is for them or not, but if you continue to listen through you are bound to fall in love with the band and what they are doing. Using the horror genre and mixing it with lyrics that could also easily fall into an mid-2000s emo album (nearly every song has a feeling of love lost or abandonment running through it) while having the punk feeling to the music all ties together beautifully.
Batkin is an album unlike any I’ve heard in quite sometime due to the aforementioned mixing of genres, and is without a doubt one of the best debuts I’ve heard in some time. If things work out for Horrorscopes and they continue to make music and evolve naturally with the talent shown here, they could easily become a band that deserves all of our attention.
Head over to the Horrorscopes Bandcamp page to grab your copy of Batkin for 50MXN (which translates to under $3USD) and be sure to give the band a Like on the Official Horrorscopes Facebook page to stay up to date with the band and what they have going on!
“With Your Ghost”