Austria’s horrorbilly kings Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space (or BZFOS for short) have been kicking ass and taking names for well over a decade (hell, their ‘Greatest Hits’ album from a few years back was entitled Decade Of Decay). Now, after years of ruling in the underground scene, the band is poised to break through and bring horror to the masses with All These Fiendish Things!
Late last year I was thrilled to come across Sematary Spawn, a project from Hamilton-based artist Mike Trebilcock, and produced a Stereo Terror review of the project’s first release, the appropriately titled Music For Maniacs, Vol. 1. If you read the review (and you really should!) you know it was almost like a blast from the past with songs that were reminiscent of the horror movie themes from the 80s, and I mentioned anxiously anticipating Vol. 2! Well, the day has come, and Music For Maniacs, Vol. 2 is now available for everyone’s listening pleasure! So, how does it stack up to its predecessor?
Los Angeles-based horrorpunks Twilight Creeps have been hanging out as part of the scene for a few years, having released their self-titled album back in 2016, and are now attempting to get their name on the tongues of more and more fans while battling the dreaded sophomore slump with Along Came A Spider.
Well, Russia is all the rage these days if you pay any attention to the political spectrum and news channels, but fuck that noise for now, and let’s check out some horrorpunk noise from Russia! Chaneys were formed on October 31st, 2017 (my 32nd birthday just for the record) and back in October of 2018 they unleashed Legacy, six tracks of their take on horrorpunk.
Being lucky enough to have struck up a friendship with band members Markky Karloff and Kari Frankenstein, I was excited to check this album out and see how it follows up on what they did with Revenge, and I have to say, Why Even Ask? is a great follow-up, showing a lot of growth while retaining what made these guys special in the first place.
When the opportunity to take a look at Hangman’s Noose, the new album from South Bay psychobilly act The Thirsty Crows, I imagined this would be one for my good friend Psycho Billy take a look at. But as fate would have it, this one has landed in my lap. Longtime readers know I am not exactly the biggest fan of psychobilly/rockabilly music, but I am always willing to expand my tastes. And in this case, it worked out rather nicely.
Unlike most albums of this type, The Feast Of The Eye is broken up by bits of narration, furthering the story. This can be a tricky thing to pull off as sometimes putting a narration track in the middle of your album can halt an album’s momentum in its tracks….so how does the band do with this concept?
The Lycotones is the brain child of Mikey Garou, and Monster Hop! is the band’s first official release. If you’ve read my reviews in the past of albums that could fall in the doo-wop style (especially those from friends of The Deadhouse The Mutant Members Only Club and The Bastards) you’ll know it’s very hit or miss for me personally, so how does Monster Hop! work out?
Where to even begin with a band like Voice Of Doom? Originally formed back in 1983, the band toiled around for several years until disbanding in 1988. From there, miraculously the band would come back together in celebration of their 25th anniversary where they somehow found a brand new following and have been slowly plugging away ever since. Their newest release, Toxic Swamp, is currently set to be released on good ol’ Halloween, and the band have put together an excellent limited edition for fans and collectors alike.
I get a lot of different music from all over the world sent to me. So, it is increasingly rare that I come across something that really stands out, whether it be lyrically, sonically or otherwise. But with the new album from Anorexic Mannequin, entitled A Dressing And A Curse, I can unequivocally state that this is something different than the hordes of what I usually have filter through my inbox.
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?
Horrorpunk has always been a very international genre, with genre lovers worldwide taking a stab at blending punk and horror. Portugal is not necessarily a hotbed of the genre, but a sudden blast has come from the European country. Skeletal Crew is comprised of Allsin Rotrotted and Skinwalker Pete primarily, having just formed this year. Putting together six tracks of what they describe as ‘putrid voices and groovy riffs’ Frankenstyle is undoubtedly one of the best debuts in the genre this year.
While Gallowmere have never been officially reviewed on this site, they did contribute a track to The Deadhouse Presents Cuts From The Slab and have long been a favorite around these parts. After a long layoff that seemed like forever, the band is back with a new album featuring 7 tracks of blistering horrorpunk. From The Forested North is the band’s second official release, in addition to a live album and a few sporadic singles, and the band takes their best shot with this one
This one has been a long time coming. It was last summer when I first interviewed Argyle Goolsby before his performance with the Roving Midnight in Toronto where we discussed his plans to release a studio recording of the Hollow Bodies acoustic side of his music.
Do you ever miss those old incredible 80s slasher movie soundtracks that somehow have gone onto live a life of their own, like Dokken doing “Dream Warriors” for A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3: The Dream Warriors, or hell, the entirety of what I still consider the best movie soundtrack in existence, Return Of The Living Dead. Well fiends and ghouls, you are not alone. Sematary Spawn takes us back almost to a moment in time when these types of albums and theme songs were the norm, and does one hell of a job in doing so.
At this point, it would be foolish to not consider Shadow Windhawk one of the biggest names in the horrorpunk scene today. Windhawk has been steadily active over the past half-decade, and a long-time supporter of this very site. In fact, Windhawk and fellow supporter Al B. Damned were the first two artists to embrace and help spread the word about this very site. I’ve been lucky enough to have interviewed Windhawk on a few occasions and you can check those out here and here. Now, after years of touring and also serving as a member of Argyle Goolsby’s Roving Midnight band, Windhawk has released the concluding chapter of his ‘Funerary Trilogy’ which began with the Casket Spray EP and continued with the 2016 release of Cremation Garden.