2) King Of The Monsters
3) Ghosts Of Mars
5) Need For Meat
6) The Thing
7) Vampire Waltz
9) We’re Gonna Get You
10) Calling Me Monster
I’ve been lucky enough to have established a good rapport with Johnny Rose over at Undead Artists Records, which has usually given me the opportunity to get advanced glimpses at the new additions to the label’s roster, and that has not changed with this look at the debut album from German horrorpunks Horror Vision. Boasting ten tracks (well, nine if you discount the intro) of their particular take on the genre, it’s always refreshing to get a look at some new blood in the genre. So, how does the three-piece band from Ulm, consisting of Evelyn van Bytingale on vocals and guitar, Andrew Lycanhead on bass and vocals and Dr. Combat on drums, stand out in today’s crowded horror environment?
Following the already mentioned musical intro, our first crack at what the band offers comes with “King Of The Monsters” which is as you would expect, the band’s tribute to Godzilla. With a frantic pace it’s a good opener to establish what the band sounds like. The first single from the album, “Ghosts Of Mars” follows and as a huge fan of the film the song is based on I may be a little biased, but it’s another energetic track that will have you banging your head along. Things keep moving in the same direction with “Critters” which makes you feel like every song is going to sound the same, but thankfully with “Need For Meat” a little bit of variety is thrown in to mix things up.
“The Thing” is where the band chooses to get a little heavier, and is definitely one of the standout tracks on the album. It feels like this one came out of maybe a different writing session, but damned if it doesn’t work! Continuing the difference in sound from the first half of the album, “Vampire Waltz” goes off in a different direction, with a slightly slower, more rhythmic beat to it. It serves as a good lead-in to “Bathory” where the sound comes full circle, moving back towards the earlier sound on the album. I should note that a lot of what makes the band’s sound comes from the vocals, which while not necessarily good or bad, are very distinct. This is definitely one of those albums where you will love it or hate it based on how you react to the vocal stylings.
The album comes to a close with “We’re Gonna Get You” which is one of the more energetic tracks on the album and would have served just as well as the closing track, but that honor goes to “Calling Me Monster.” The song starts off a little on the weaker side but really comes together well to close the album on a heavier and stronger note.
In the end, Final Broadcast is not an album that sets out to do anything other than put Horror Vision on the map with their take on the genre, and in that respect, it’s a perfectly fine album. It’s not going to reinvent the wheel or blow anyone away, but it is by no means a waste of your 27 minutes. It will be interesting to see where the band goes from here, and if they choose to expand upon the sound established here.