Greetings fiends and ghouls, and welcome back to another edition of Mass HyStereo where we take a look at a few different albums in more of a rapid fire fashion, so without further ado, let’s get to it!
Trash Bats – The Crooked Mile
In what could easily be considered a supergroup in the current horror music scene, Trash Bats features members of The Bastards and Gallowmere as well as others from the scene popping in as members of the ‘congregation.’ Formed in early 2018, the group has released several EPs and singles, with The Crooked Mile being one of the most recent, having been released just in time for this previous Halloween. While it may only contain three songs, it is worth 10 minutes of your time. Starting with the infectious “Haunted” highlighting the wonderful vocals of Father Dawn in harmony with the litany of additional vocalists featured on the EP, you’d be hard pressed to not fall in love with the tune. “Unmarked Graves” is a good song on its own, but is unfortunately sandwiched between two wickedly strong songs. The first time I listened through the EP I was thinking the closing track “Hallow’s Eve” didn’t seem to be hitting as hard as it could, then the final salvo comes at you to kick your ass! If you’re going to walk The Crooked Mile all by yourself, you’d be best served to allow the Trash Bats to accompany you along the way.
Freakshow Sinema – Welcome To The Show
Mixing horrorpunk with metal can work very well when done right, so I was intrigued when I came across Freakshow Sinema‘s recent release, Welcome To The Show. The four-piece band from Gainesville, Georgia (the same place wrestling fans such as myself will recognize as the hometown of the Phenomenal AJ Styles) thankfully do a great job mixing the two genres together. The band, consisting of John Reardon on vocals, Cedric Egan on guitar, Ty Christian on bass and David Kozol on drums, present a much harder edge to our beloved horrorpunk, creating a sound unlike so many of their contemporaries. The opening track, “Dead Girls” introduces listeners to Reardon‘s harsh vocal style, while the rest of the band pretty much never stop right from the get-go. Aside from the killer opening track, other highlights include the wickedly catchy “The Call” and its follow-up “Wish Upon A Grave” as well as “Hellbound” and the great closer “Freakshow Anthem.” If you like your horrorpunk to have a harder edge, then Freakshow Sinema is for you!
You can get your copy of Welcome To The Show on all the digital music services like iTunes and Spotify, and be sure to head over to their Official Facebook page to stay up to date with the band!