Stereo Terror: The Jasons – Blood In The Streets

Release Year
2019

Track Listing
1) Blood In The Streets
2) Kay-Em 1
3) Scene Police (Static)
4) JJ Was A Headbanger
5) It’s Still Crystal Lake To Me (No Matter What They Call It In Part 6)
6) No Motivation
7) Dead Fuck
8) Red-Blooded American Punk Rock
9) Vera (I’m So Sorry)
10) Chili Is A Stoner
11) You Should Have Never Re-Opened That Camp
12) 3D’s Got Ramones Jeans
13) Mark’s Legs Don’t Work
14) I Jacked Off (To Dee Dee Ramone)

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Splatter Panels: The Walking Dead #190 – Storm The Gates

Story
Robert Kirkman

Art
Charlie Adlard
Stefano Gaudiano
Cliff Rathburn

The Story So Far
Really? If you’re here for a review of Issue 190, you likely know much of what has led to this point, especially for something as iconic as The Walking Dead. That said, lately Rick has been a guest at the Commonwealth, an idyllic city run by a new (seemingly) less evil Governor. Michonne is also here and has been happily reunited with one of her daughters. However, tensions have been brewing between in the Commonwealth, led by the head of the security mercenaries Mercer. Mercer was imprisoned but has been freed by an explosion caused by Laura after Dwight was shot and killed by Rick of all people. Rick led the charge to help Governor Milton escape, and when Mercer realizes his rebellion isn’t as well received as he hopes, he pleads to Rick to help him lead.

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Deadhouse Exclusive: SHOCK STOCK 2019 Preview Part One!

SHOCK STOCK is something I have covered in the past here on The Deadhouse, and nothing will change in that regard going forward. And as the 2019 event approaches, you can be damned sure that attendees, including yours truly, are in for another weekend of horror, fun and debauchery! This year will be the third entry of the event since moving from Centennial Hall here in beautiful London, Ontario to the Ramada Inn, where patrons can stay, sleep, and more importantly, party amongst each other and this year’s stellar lineup of guests. And today we will be taking a look at who those guests are!

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Stereo Terror: Bat$hit!crazy. – Bat$hit!crazy.

Release Year
2019

Track Listing
1) Bats In The Belfry
2) They Live. We Sleep
3) Diabolic
4) Such A Waste Of Good Suffering
5) Ravager
6) Rotting
7) No Solution
8) Stare Into Fire
9) The Man Who Was Death
10) Ghosts
11) The Babysitter Murders
12) Ellen’s Grave

Hailing out of one of the punk capitols of the world, Southern California’s Bat$hit!crazy. (boy that’s gonna take it’s toll on my spell check through this review) are a four piece band who may not look the part in the least, until you hear the music and the words. The band took a rather eclectic approach building to this, their first full-length album. Releasing a series of four three-song EPs, all with intertwining artwork, the band has put them all together to form their self-titled full length. Comprised of Richy V. on vocals, Chuck D. on guitar, Jason V. on bass and Mike M. on drums, the band aims to blend infectious pop-punk with horror, so how do they do?

Starting out with the ridiculously catchy “Bats In The Belfry” is a wise move, as it is one of the band’s strongest cuts and introduces new listeners to what they can expect immediately. The song, as does most of the album, relies strongly on driving guitar riffs and the strength of Richy V.‘s vocals. If you aren’t singing along as he professes to ‘burn it down, burn it to the ground’ then you have much more willpower than I good listener. “They Live. We Sleep” follows and is a wonderful tribute tune to the Roddy Piper/John Carpenter classic They Live. Like many songs over the past few years, it serves to make you want to go back and watch the film repeatedly, and what more can you expect from a horrorpunk tribute track? “Diabolic” continues along the same trend and simply rocks.

“Such A Waste Of Good Suffering” takes its inspiration from Hellraiser as you could guess from the name, and does its source justice. Chuck D. gets to shine a little more on this one with some great guitar work that fits into the song seamlessly. “Ravager” is less than a minute long but hits hard, which is great as it was written as a tribute to the late Angus Scrimm, who was of course the Tall Man from the Phantasm series. “Rotting” works as an anti-love song, while “No Solution” may be the height of the band’s pop-punk stylings.

“Stare Into Fire” and “The Man Who Was Death” continue along that same path, leading into “Ghosts” which is another highlight on the album, and despite the fact that it is only a minute and a half in length, it feels longer when you listen and have it blasted, and I mean that in the best way. “The Babysitter Murders” takes on Halloween and is a bit slower in tempo and picks up with some soothing backing vocals. The album closes with “Ellen’s Grave” sending the album out on a high note. While not as catchy as some of the earlier tracks on the album, it does the trick with leaving any listeners wanting more.

Bat$hit!crazy. are a band that know what they are doing with their particular take on the genre, and one could easily say that the music within the packaging here lives up to the band’s name and will help build a reputation of being, well, bat shit crazy!

You can grab your copy of Bat$hit!crazy. at the Basement Records Bandcamp page and you can follow the band on the Bat$hit!crazy. Instagram page to stay up to date with the band and all their goings on!

Killer Track
“Bats In The Belfry”

DeadTube: “Fighting For” Damnation

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Damnation have been making a name for themselves among the scene for a few years now, with their debut release After Midnight having been reviewed here upon its release back in 2017. Since that time the band have been working away and have even become the current members of Shadow Windhawk‘s touring band, The Morticians (as evidenced by his cameos in the video!). And now, in preparing for the forthcoming release of their new album, The Equinox, the band has released their first music video for the song, “Fighting For.”

Speaking with the band’s bassist Brad Touchette, he shared the following about the song and video.

Of all the songs we have written as a band dealing with any number of topics, it seemed only logical that this song needed to be our first official video. “Fighting For” is meant to be a rallying cry for all regardless of creed, opinion, or personal convictions. It is meant as an anthem to find common ground, friendship, and “family” through the spirit of creation. That being said, it seemed only right that the subject matter for the supporting video be an attempt to capture those very interactions. The relationships we are fortunate enough to share with all who have supported us thus far on our journey.

So without further ado, please check out the new video for “Fighting For” by Damnation below!

We were also able to get a few words about the upcoming album The Equinox from Brad below.

As far as “The Equinox” goes, our intent was to explore uncharted territory both sonically and thematically with this record. We have not lost touch with our core foundations as it pertains to aesthetics or stylistic tendencies, the album will have several tracks and moments that will still definitely resonate with listeners who have an affinity for all out punk rock songs or horror oriented themes, but while the record occupies a very shadowy place at some moments it also steps into realms that might be unexpected to some and hopefully intriguing to potential new listeners. That balance, the delicate dance between opposing forces gave rise to the albums title and the mission statement for this era of the band.

Be sure to stay tuned for a review of The Equinox upon release, and head over to the Official Damnation Facebook page to stay up to date with the band!