Posts Tagged ‘Horror Rock’

return-of-the-living-deadFor this week’s album of the week, we are always trying different things and we are always looking for different bands and records to cover. Since it’s October and we are in observance of the great holiday of Halloween, we have dedicated the album of the week category to it. I was trying to think of a band to cover that touches the genre of horror without choosing someone I have already covered in the past. So out of nowhere a vinyl flashes out at me and it’s the soundtrack to one of my favorite Zombie b-movies in The Return Of The Living Dead. The soundtrack to the film features some of the best in horror punk and punk rock/hardcore in general to be featured on one album. The soundtrack features the innovators of Psychobilly in The Cramps, the progenitors of Horror-Punk in 45 Grave, legendary Deathrock band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), legendary LA Punk group The Flesh Eaters, and the always interesting and mysterious rock icon Roky Erickson to name a few.

return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-rear-sleeve1. Surfin’ Dead by The Cramps- The track has that 50’s rockabilly sound to it hence why they were psychobilly legends. A track about doing a cool dance like the dead. 4/5

2. Partytime (Zombie Version)by 45 Grave- This is a shorter version and a heavier version than what fans got on the Sleep In Safety album. This has a very Plasmatics sound to it as far as being heavy punk. 4.5/5

3. Nothin’ for You by T.S.O.L.- This song was once a Soundtrack Saturday entry on here and I love the band’s sound on this track as they mix their punk roots with some rock in vein of The Ramones. 4.5/5

4. Eyes Without a Face by The Flesh Eaters- Not to be mixed with the Billy Idol track, this is a punk rock classic that is relentless in it’s fury. 4/5

5. Burn the Flames by Roky Erickson- A unique style of music from Roky that touches on rock, 50’s do-wop style, and just some spooky organs to go along with it. I feel the lyrics talk about no matter what happens, the spirits of the night will always be around. 5/5

various-artists-return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-exclusive-lp-2123895-1_1024x10246. Dead Beat Dance by The Damned- A cool Misfits like Punk song with that Goth Elvis/Jim Morrison like singer who takes command of the track that talks about Doctor Death. 4/5

7. Take a Walk by Tall Boys- Another Psychobilly track on the record about regretting the fact that you didn’t listen to your folks and now you are running for your life. 4/5

8. Love Under Will by Jet Black Berries- A very post-punk sounding track for the soundtrack, but a pretty good track. 4/5

9. Tonight (We’ll Make Love Until We Die) by SSQ- A very different track for the album that just reeks of 80’s awesomeness about a chick who isn’t any ordinary chick. She’s the one that your momma warned you about. 4.5/5

10. Trash’s Theme by SSQ- A very synthpop track that is your typical 80’s synth infused instrumental. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This truly is an amazing soundtrack that features so many different styles of punk mixed with some synthpop and rock. The film is just as incredible as the soundtrack so you should definitely check out the both of them. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

31-3There are a couple of items that I would love to talk about with all of you out there regarding one of my favorite musicians/Directors in Rob Zombie. My friends and I, have been wondering what the status of Rob’s new horror film 31 was as we are all anxious to see the film. Apparently, the film is set to premiere at Sundance next month, but in order for it to be released it has to secure a rating from the MPAA. Well, Rob is having a little bit of a problem with the MPAA. You see, the MPAA was given two different versions of the film and both times they have given the film an NC-17 rating which is a bad thing. Why is it a bad thing you ask? Well for one and the only reason necessary is that no movie theater in the country will release an NC-17 film at all. Here is the skinny from Rob, “Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult… things must be censored for your enjoyment.”

nc17That is definitely not the news you want to hear if you are a zombie fan which means that Zombie has to sacrifice what could potentially be great footage for the film. Hopefully, we’ll get all the cut footage with the DVD release of the film. Here is the synposis of the film and the cast courtesy of ihorror.com, “31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Pancho Moler, Tracy Walter, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jane Carr, Ginger Lynn, Lew Temple, Daniel Roebuck, E.G. Daily, Malcolm McDowell, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, David Ury, Judy Geeson, Torsten Voges, Richard Brake, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.” After the next piece of news, we will have images for you to check out from the film.

10632670_10153486300443323_7376428675199695089_nThe next piece of Rob Zombie news that I have for all of you is regarding the music side of him. Rob has recently revealed the album art, name, and a teaser of a track for all of you to enjoy. Zombie is on this kick of choosing long names for albums seeing as the last one was called Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. The new album is called The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. I love the creativeness behind the album title because I would never have thought of that. Rob also unveiled a minute of the title track which is actually pretty heavy. Rob explains the writing process with John 5 to Loudwire saying, “We’ll just lay down really loose structures. The songs kind of always piece together something pretty raw. Then we’ll let it sit and I’ll do vocals over that … Once I get the vocals on there, then usually John will come back and add another layer where he’ll then play guitars that go along with the vocals or accent things. We kind of keep bouncing back and forth.” I am not sure when the record will be coming out, but it will be unleashed in 2016 and something is getting released on January 11TH so stay tuned for that. Check out the teaser below and some pics from the film below that:

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1332491956_hellbilly-deluxeThe full album title is Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, but a lot of us just refer to the album as Hellbilly Deluxe. This album was my proper introduction to Rob Zombie because I know I had heard White Zombie before, but I never had paid attention till I had seen him at Ozzfest 99 when he was promoting this album. It was Rob Zombie’s first venture as a solo artist after he disbanded White Zombie and it featured much of the same sound as White Zombie, but it was more ferocious and in your face. It mixed sounds of rock, metal, and industrial into while combining the awesomeness of b-horror movie madness. On the record, Rob played with Riggs (Guitars), Blasko (Bass), and the album saw John Tempesta (Drums) come over from White Zombie and the album features additional work from Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Danny Lohner, and Mark Matcho. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and the album peaked at number 5 on The Billboard Top 200 charts while going 3 times platinum since in the US and 2 times platinum in Canada. The album features a 24 page booklet which includes the cover and has artwork designed by Marvel Comics artists Gene Colan and Dan Brereton. The robot posing with Rob Zombie is a replica robot from the 1939 movie The Phantom Creeps and was designed by Wayne Toth (he would later work with Rob on House Of 1000 Corpses) specifically for Rob. The album also features samples from old horror films like Lady Frankenstein, The Last House On The Left, The City Of The Dead, Mark Of The Devil, Daughters Of Darkness, and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula.

rob_zombie_-_hellbilly_deluxe_(1998)-back1. Call Of The Zombie– A creepy little intro that I believe that Sherri Moon Zombie is the one saying it. The sound clip at the end of it is from the Vincent Price film Madhouse. 4/5

2. Superbeast– This song is absolutely intense as it chugs away with the industrial madness behind it as it smashes your eardrums. If you were driving in a Camaro, this song would make you want to drive more than a 100 MPH. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record and it was an amazing way that Rob used to open his concerts with back in the day. 5/5

3. Dragula– This is probably one of the most famous tracks on the record with it’s crazy club industrial metal sound about the car that The Munsters had in the show. 5/5

4. Living Dead Girl– A song whose music I can only describe as seductive and mesmerizing with the line in the beginning of the track from the film Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is from The Last House On The Left Trailer while the line What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are is from the film Daughters Of Darkness. 5/5

5. Perversion 99– Another intro track that leaves you in a  trance as you wait for the next track because you can’t avoid it. 4/5

6. Demonoid Phenomenon– This track is an absolute sledgehammer as Riggs guitar sound melts your face combined with the industrial dance floor like metal. The lines “don’t lie to yourself, it gave you pleasure” and “enjoy the dead girl’s body” are from the Daughters Of Darkness film. 5/5

7. Spookshow Baby– This is an interesting song that is all industrial in nature before changing into a metal blitzkrieg for the choruses. 4/5

8. How To Make A Monster– Never one of my favorites on this record due to it’s low quality sound. I usually avoid this one. 1/5

9. Meet the Creeper– This is a step back in the right direction for the band as it’s another track on the record that is a freight train going out of control with the muted string/dropped d sound combined with more of the industrial beats. This is one of the tracks that features Tommy Lee on drums. 5/5

1180359262-inlay-cover10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore– This is techno madness at it’s best mixed with metal. This is the other track on the record that features Tommy Lee on drums. 4/5

11. What Lurks On Channel X?– This song isn’t bad on the record, but I have always said that it sounded better live. This is a another great example of the industrial techno metal sound where the samples are at the forefront of the track. 3/5

12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger– I love the organs mixed in the beginning of the track along with the techno metal. Mt favorite part of the song is the chorus, I just live all the elements that are mixed in with the song. It reminds me of the White Zombie track Blood, Milk, And Sky and I love that song. 4/5

13. The Beginning Of The End can be considered the outro, but it’s a bunch of industrial machine factory like noise which can essentially symbolize what a disastrous end would sound like. 2/5

My Final Thoughts: I became obsessed with Rob Zombie after I saw what an amazing live show he had and I have to say out of all the lineups he has had, this one is still my favorite. Riggs and Blasko brought another dimension into Zombie’s band that was amazing live. I still believe that the guys he has now are amazing, but it’s been hard to top these first two solo records in Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge which is my absolute favorite.  The album gets four stars out of five for a final grade. This is the last Halloween related post for the album of the week category. It has been a fun ride this year. Here is to next year.

murderdollsTo help continue to celebrate the month of October in observance of Halloween, I feel that there is no better band to represent horror rock/punk than the Joey Jordison side project the Murderdolls. This is the band that introduced us to horror punk/rock staple Wednesday 13 and it was started by Joey  back in the year 2000 when he took a break from Slipknot. The band had released one album Beyond The Valley of The Murderdolls which was very campy in lyrics and more punk than rock. The band would then take a break for about eight years before they returned with their sophomore album Women And Children Last which is a fun take on the Van Halen record Women And Children First and the album was released on August 31, 2010. The original lineup did not return for this record and Jordison explains why in an interview with Metal Hammer, “The old band, we didn’t even know each other before it all came together […] It was dysfunctional but it worked, but this time, we wanted it to be a little more stable. It was apparent that if we were going to do The Murderdolls again, we were going to do it with everything we’ve got.” The guys that played in this record were Joey Jordison (Guitars, Bass, Drums…), Wednesday 13 (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass…), Roman Surman(Guitars, Bass,..), Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Producer, Guitars, Bass, …) and the album featured Mick Mars of Motley Crue playing guitar on a couple of tracks.

Murderdolls-Women_And_Children_Last-Trasera1. The World According To Revenge– This is an intro track on the record that builds up the momentum and gets you in the mood. It has a Marilyn Manson feel to it with the creepy music and vocals. 4/5

2. Chapel Of Blood– This song kicks off the album right with it’s in your face approach and the lyrics to the song are a heck of lot better than what they writing for the first record. Come on in to the Chapel Of Blood… 5/5

3. Bored To Death– The band returns to their horror punk roots with this track and their high octane hard charging chugging riffs. 4/5

4. Drug Me To Hell– This is one of the tracks on the album that features guitar work by Mick Mars of Motley Crue. The song is a hard rock classic that sees Wednesday 13 shine vocally as he asks you to drug him to hell. 5/5

5. Nowhere– This is a punk classic that could stand the test of time like anything by The Ramones and it’s definitely an rock anthem as well that will have everyone singing along. 5/5

6. Summertime Suicide– A different kind of love story that the band recorded that I thought would piss off everyone. The song is about a kid who finds a note stating that his girlfriend had committed suicide and he finds her and he still loves her and wishes that he could have been there. 5/5

7. Death Valley Superstars– The song has that sound that you found on the first record except it doesn’t have the corny lyrics. The song is hard charging and in your face like a White Zombie song while keeping the punk edge. 4/5

8. My Dark Place Alone– This is the first single off the album and it’s one of the heaviest tracks on the record giving you everything horror punk/rock fan would want from the band. It has tons of energy while retaining it’s darkness. 5/5

9. Blood Stained Valentine– This track is heavy as hell and the riff is incredible because it’s hard charging and it chugs. It’s the other track on the album that features Mick Mars on guitar and it’s one of my favorite Wednesday 13 tracks vocally. 5/5

10. Pieces Of Me– If you’re looking for in your face, borderline hardcore punk, these guys bring it especially with this track. 4/5

11. Homicide Drive– The music in the track reminds me a lot of early White Zombie with the samples mixed with the chug driven guitar riffs.The song does contain a pretty sick guitar solo. 3/5

12. Rock And Roll I All I Got– I’m a big fan of bands that have that bass line that just chugs along with the rest of the music and this has the killer bass riff along with the typical Murderdolls sound from the first album. 3.5/5

13. Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright– This song is a return to the anthem driven punk song we saw in Nowhere, but just not as good. 3/5

14. Whatever You Got I’m Against It– Another song that goes to the sound the band had on the first album, but it has a pretty killer chorus that I can see everyone singing along to it. 3/5

15. Hello, Goodbye, Die– Wednesday 13’s vocals come shooting out of your speaks right when the songs starts and the song is in your face with the killer punk bass riff. It’s a definite headbanger!!! 4/5

Overall- I love this record more than the first one, but it’s because I think Wednesday 13 grew as a lyricist. I think having Joey go back to Slipknot and Wednesday going solo for so many years was probably the best thing because some of his records are amazing too. I am giving this record 4 stars out of five for a final grade. Too bad the band officially called it quits in 2012.

 

File:Welcome To My Nightmare.jpgThe whole month of October was dedicated to Halloween themed posts when it came to whatever I had from Single, Parody, or even music video of the week type posts. I even dedicated my album of the week posts when I said that I wasn’t originally going to. I reviewed everything that I thought was Halloween worthy like White Zombie to Type O Negative, but I saved the best for last. Tomorrow is October 31 which means it is Halloween and you can not have Halloween without the master of it all Alice Cooper. He is one of the original shock rockers that parents loved to hate, but that hasn’t stopped him. Welcome To My Nightmare was a special album for Alice because it was not only his eight album, but it was also his first solo record without the Alice Cooper Band. It was also a concept album that followed the nightmares of a boy named Steven and the cover artwork was designed by Drew Struzan for Pacific Eye & Ear. The album featured a whole list of musicians that helped create this horror rock masterpiece and it was produced by Bob Ezrin.

alice 2The title track starts off the album with it’s cool and calm guitar beat before we get mixed elements of Disco, Jazz, and hard rock with a real funky riff. Devil’s Food opens up with a cool guitar riff, but I love when they mess with the audio making it almost fade in and out of certain speakers.  Vincent Price opens up the next track Black Widow which is a balls out rocker with amazing guitar riffs and cool background vocals that make the album seem like it’s a production. Some Folks is a total big band/Lounge Lizard type track that is actually pretty cool to listen to. Only Woman Bleed is the ballad on the album which is one of the most recognizable tracks on the album. It’s lyrics were once mistaken as talking about woman’s menstrual cycle’s, but in fact that song is about woman who are beaten by their husbands. Department Of Youth is a true rock anthem for any kid to sing along to with cool guitar riffs and some more background vocals. Cold Ethyl may be one of the most rocking songs on here with some true swagger and the song could have two meanings. The track could be about necrophilia, but I tend to think that the track is about his abuse of alcohol which was well known back in the 70’s.

aliceYears Ago starts off with a Halloween themed/Carnival beat in the beginning with Alice singing like he is a child (or Steven). Then before you know it, we hear an adults voice telling Steven it’s time to go before the track kicks into the next one. Steven starts off with a piano and little Steven returns to sing in the beginning of the track.  The track has a big production feel to it like we are watching a theater piece. The Awakening is another two minute intro track that features Alice once again singing as Little Steven. Escape is the last track on the record and it has that classic sounding 70’s rock song feel to it and it should considering it came out in 1975. It’s like a climactic close to a story where the main character has escaped. This is an amazing album that takes you on a journey through madness. Alice’s character of Steven wasn’t a one shot deal, he would return in many Alice Cooper records like Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, DaDa, The Last Temptation, Hey Stoopid, Dragontown, Along Came A Spider, and the sequel to this album Welcome 2 My Nightmare. I am going to give the album four stars out of five.