The last time we had new music from The Rosedales was in 2009, when they released Once Upon A Season. It reached a point where we never thought we would hear from the band again when, almost randomly last year, the group announced they were working on new music. Last October saw the release of the first single for this highly anticipated new album, “Crush.” The song revived the fanbase, as it was exactly what we wanted from the group, but still the wait would be longer. Well, thankfully that wait is now over, as the band gears up to release Stereoghost. Featuring ten new tracks alongside the previously released “Crush” the question remained whether the new album could live up to the expectations set by Once Upon A Season and Raise Your Spirits before it. Does Stereoghost stand amongst those great albums?
The Jasons have been kicking around the scene for about half a decade, and sadly for several reasons have been labelled a gimmick band. Whether it be the look, the insistence on working their songs around themes from the Friday The 13th series, or even the masterfully done Get Sued album where they blended Ramones songs with Misfits lyrics, the band has never really been given the credit they rightfully deserve.
And now, they are readying the release of their sophomore album, The Equinox. And not to reveal a spoiler too early in this review, but they certainly aren’t worrying about the sophomore slump, coming through the speakers with a confidence most bands can’t touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sad reality of the horror music scene is that many bands come and go on a very frequent basis, with more bands releasing an album or two then disbanding then bands with a level of staying power. Sadly, the band formerly known as JasonXVoorhees, who changed their name to simply JXV before the release of what will now be the band’s swan song. Ritual may only be eight tracks long, but it hits like a ton of bricks.
I’ve been noticing a litany of new groups popping up all over the Great White North. One of these bands just happens to be based right here in my hometown of London, Ontario called Running From Daylight. Back in November I did do a Stereo Terror review looking at their debut album, Coffin For Two, which you can check out here. So when standup bassist/vocalist Garrett Keith hooked me up with an advanced copy of the band’s newest album, Elvis Ain’t Dead Yet, I was more than thrilled to dig into what my fellow Londoners had put together.