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!
October’s Flame – Handbook For The Recently Deceased
Hailing from Melbourne, Florida, October’s Flame has been kicking around somewhat in the background of the scene, but have also been steadily working away on putting together some great tunes. Never is this more evident than on their recent release of Handbook For The Recently Deceased.
The band, consisting of frontman Mike Klein on vocals, Carlos Santana (no, not that one!) handling both guitar and bass duties and Ben Leal on drums, have put together 10 great tunes, with varying influences. Obviously Beetlejuice is one of the big influences based on the album name, and the title track kicks all sorts of ass leading into the great “Summer’s Scorned.” “1946 (The Town That Dreaded Sundown)” pays tribute to an oft-overlooked horror classic and is an absolute highlight. Klein‘s vocals do an incredible job carrying many of the songs paying tribute to The Twilight Zone (“Nightmare At 20,000 Feet”), Friday The 13th (“Caution Campers”) and Halloween (“Return To Haddonfield”) while never leaning into the usual trope of sounding like so many other iconic frontmen in the genre.
A breath of fresh air coming from a band with a wonderful future, jump on the bandwagon for October’s Flame before everyone else while you can!
S.H.O.U.T. – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters
Longtime readers of the site will recall seeing a review a few years ago for S.H.O.U.T.‘s 2014 album Dead Of Night and also how different it is from anything else that has been covered on this site. The Finnish band, fronted by GLAMSTER with support on drums from TerRor and guitars and bass from Ghost#1 and Ghost#2 respectively, have been around the scene in some incarnation since 2010, and have steadily released several albums throughout that time. The band’s latest release, 2018’s The Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters continues in the same vein as all of their previous work, with a focus more on spoken word storytelling than your typical horrorpunk or metal.
With a glam overlay, GLAMSTER handles carries the album with his unique vocal stylings, following the now standard for the band intro, “O.M.G. VII” until the closing track “The Dead End VII.” The title track is the first of these, as the band works throughout laying the groundwork for the vocals. The unabashed highlight is undoubtedly “Monster Party Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell” which is the most fun. That’s not to say the rest of the tracks are not, but that is the one that stood out the most to me on my listens. Once again, not something for everyone, but if the style grabs you then you are sure to have a great time!
The Fiendish Phantoms – Arise
Back in 2017 I did a Stereo Terror review
of The Fiendish Phantoms self-titled album. Since that time, the band parted ways with their old vocalist, bringing in new frontman Count Dominius Morte to handle vocal duties, joining guitarist Oliver ‘The Caretaker’ Collins, bassist Dr. Decon I. Bel, and drummer Beefy The Butcher. In anticipation of their next full release, the band has put together what is the audio equivalent of a movie trailer for their next album.
Beginning with the title track, we are introduced to Morte‘s vocals, which certainly have a Danzig-esque quality on this track. That fades a little bit on the highlight of the demo, “Post-Mortem Heart.” A wonderful and almost laid-back feeling engulfs the listener and if we get an album full of songs like this, I for one am certainly all in! The short release ends with “Cursed Am I” which is almost a mix of the previous two tracks and is a great listen, but doesn’t quite reach the heights of the prior song. The future looks bright for the new look Fiendish Phantoms, and The Deadhouse looks forward to reviewing their next full release!
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