Earlier this year, I took a look at the 2016 release from the lovely and talented Jess-O-Lantern, Rest In Pumpkins (check out the Stereo Terror review here) so I was absolutely thrilled to get an advanced look at her new album, the appropriately titled Bare Bones. As Jess herself informed me, this was a full return to basics, with the album consisting of just her and her guitar, making the album feel more authentic to her style and live performances.
The undisputed king of ukulele horrorpunk, Wolfman Chuck, has been featured here on The Deadhouse many times in the past. Just check out this link to see all the man’s coverage here. The man just never seems to stop and is always involved in the scene in some capacity. A recent up and comer in the same vein as Chuck has emerged from the Florida area, Swearwolf. So it only seemed appropriate that the two would cross paths, and that has led to this eight track split, featuring four tracks from each artist alternating throughout the track list. So how did the two ukulele bad boys do putting together their efforts?
Mixing traditional horrorpunk with death rock and other influences, The Fiendish Phantoms out of Wisconsin have just released their first self-titled LP, with 10 songs running the gamut of styles and putting their own spin on things. The four-piece band, consisting of The Nightstalker on vocals, Oliver “The Caretaker” Collins on guitar, Dr. Decon I. Bel on bass and rounded out by Beefy The Butcher on drums, sing of many traditional troupes of the genre, from serial killers to classic figures.
Following up on our recent Splatter Panels review of Revenge, it’s time to take a look at the musical accompaniment, and the true main course of the horrorpunk meal. The Prople’s Revenge features 15 tracks from the Florida trio, consisting of guitarist and vocalist Markky Karloff (who also wrote and illustrated the comic), bassist and vocalist Kari Frankenstein (who assisted in the coloring of the comic) and drummer/vocalist Nelses Month. So after reading the appropriately batshit insane comic, how does the album stack up?
While Under The Mask only contains six songs, each song hits the right marks while never really repeating itself. Opening track “The Witching Hour” really sets the tone for what is to follow. The title track comes at a slower pace but is anchored by a great hook. Following a short instrumental in “The Shape Retreats” the EP really hits its stride.
Having formed in the summer of 2013, with a few minor releases following in 2015, Massachusetts trio Damnation released their first full-length album earlier this year. At the time of its release I had heard the album, and was drawn to it, but for one reason or another I never fully dove into what the band was offering with After Midnight. This was a huge mistake on my part, as I was urged to revisit the album and I am 100% kicking myself in the ass. After Midnight contains 10 tracks of fun, melodic and just plain awesome punk music with a great horror edge.
A beautiful thing about music is how universal of a language it is. And this is no different for horrorpunk. As I was doing my usual perusal of the web looking for new bands to check out, I recently stumbled across Straight Out Of Midnight, the debut full-length from Greece’s Bat Signal. After listening to the opening track “Silent Days” I was hooked and decided to give the rest of the album a shot and see how it holds up in today’s horrorpunk scene.
Release Year 2017 Track Listing 1) V.R.W. 2) Dawn Of The Dead 3) Brand New Disease 4) I Wanna Be A Lost Boy 5) Polterguy 6) Skitzo 7) Destroy! 8) […]