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1476 – “Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope & Despair”

a4060488405_10Artist: 1476
Album: Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope & Despair
Label: Seraphim House
Format: Physcial/Digital


Track Listing

1. A Circle Of Hope & Despair
2. Extraction Environs
3. Little Love Voice
4. A Circle Is Eternal
5. Illness Environs
6. Death Environs
7. Gutter Death Posture
8. A Circle Of Guilt & Grief

 

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

- Edgar Allen Poe

1476 is a New England-based project of Neil DeRosa and Robb Kavjian. Self-described as Hermetic Death Rock, they released their first full-length album, “A Wolf’s Age” in early 2010, an ambitious and heavy indie rock release with hints of death rock, post punk, and shoegaze and released more since. The subject matter courses through occult and mythological themes as well as loves and lives lost.  I don’t consider 1476 to be a horror-punk band or even gothic as their music has evolved and changes so much that I don’t even bother trying to put a label to their sound.  It’s just 1476.

Their newest and upcoming release, “Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope & Despair” which is released on Oct. 31st is a must for any horror-punk/goth/dark morbid fan.  This album, or “soundtrack” is dedicated to non other than the great Edgar Allen Poe.  Each track has to do with certain events in Poe’s life and it’s something that makes each track special and you can feel the album progresses along.  The album itself is fully instrumental with the with the exception of a spoken portion of, “Deep In Earth” written by Poe in, “Extraction Environs” and some lyrics in, “A Circle Is Eternal”.

Not concentrating on his literary works, the album music aims to explore the melancholic & quaint life, love, and death of Poe and you can feel it as the album goes along.  It’s a very melodic, melancholy, and dark.  An album which upon receiving has had multiple plays on my iPod and is something that you’ll find hard to put down.  That fact that each track has to do with a certain point in Poe’s life is something incredibly special and makes each track that much more powerful.  For example my favorite track, “Little Love Voice” has to do with Poe’s wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe.  Edgar and Virginia were first cousins and though most looked at their eventual marriage with disdain, it’s believed their love was pure.  The eventual death of his wife had a substantial effect on Poe, who became despondent and turned to alcohol to cope. Her death are believed to have affected his poetry and prose, where dying young women appear as a frequent motif in his work.  This album exposes that and personally the music is so powerful that you almost feel that this is exactly how Poe felt throughout his life.

If you are a fan of Poe’s work and just into dark stuff this is a must pick up, the whole album being instrumental is a huge plus as I’m a sucker for good instrumentals.  If you haven’t already pre-ordered the album you simply must and if not be sure to pick it up when the album drops this Hallow’s Eve!  You will not be disappointed, this is a phenomenal album and one that I personally believe Poe would be proud to hear.  I hope you all enjoyed the read and be sure to pick this album up, it’s a must.

- Justin

Edgar Allen Poe
(January 19th, 1809 – October 7th, 1849)

Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
(August 15th, 1822 – January 30th, 1847)


The Theatre Zombies – “In Early Mourning”

10168004_776815382343833_3232095390238792855_n Artist: The Theatre Zombies
 Album: In Early Mourning
 Format: CD/Digital

1. Dorsia
2. Stitch Me Together
3. Bring Me The Bride
4. Riding in Circles
5. Belfry Reverie
6. Zombies!  Whoa oh!
7. Under the Boardwalk
8. Dormant Souls
9. Frozen Heart
10. Dear Christine

 

 

I remember first hearing about these guys at GNO ’13 which also happened to be my first time seeing them.  Obviously I had never heard the band before and so I looked them up and I cannot stress how happy I did.  This is a band that ANY horror-punk fan needs to hear and check out.  I have listened to the first two albums to the point I know the whole albums word for word even if it’s not playing.  I received my copy of their newest album, “In Early Mourning” by frontman/guitarist/awesome guy Rob and I’ve been listening to it constantly.  I’ve been listening to The Theatre Zombies for a good while now and every album they put out just keeps getting better and better and you’ll find the same on this album.  I haven’t been disappointed.

I personally think that in given time these guys will get to the top ranks of horror punk.  Songs like Dorsia, Stitch Me Together, Riding In Circles, Belfry Reverie, and Frozen Heart (my favorite) it’s hard to put this album down and I didn’t do so for a very long time.  That being said, all the other songs on this album are great as well, I just find myself listening to these the most.  It’s fast, melodic, cussing, in your face, and straight up horror-punk at its finest.

I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more from The Theatre Zombies in the coming years and I personally cannot wait to see what else they haver in store for us.  I really look forward to seeing them play live again, hopefully GNO 15???  I would love to hear some of these new songs live. I highly suggest and advise any fan of horror punk or just punk rock in general to check out this album and band.  Pick up this album and everything else they’ve put out and add it to your growing collection.

- Justin

 


Review: Silent Horror – “Silent Horror”

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1. Son of Frankenstein
2. Drink of Your Blood
3. The Tingler
4. Carnival of Souls
5. Violent Side
6. Paranormal
7. Grindhouse Ride
8. Wolfsbane
9. Bride to Be
10. Evil Dead
11. Teenage Homicide
12. Equilibrium
13. Giant Monsters
14. Beware
15. Mr. Brooks
16. Wretched I Am
17. Chainsaw

I will start off by saying that Silent Horror is a band that I am not unfamiliar with.  Hell I loved this band back in the day when James was on vocals and still have all the old Silent Horror material.  Long story short, the band eventually went on to break up and I was left wishing with all my heart that one day this band would get back together, I mean fuck, this was the first horror-punk I found on my own after listening to The Misfits.  That’s right I found these guys before Blitzkid, BEFORE Blitzkid!  If you can believe that, crazy huh?   To see them coming back and to add the infamous Goolsby to take on the reins just adds to the greatness that this band already is. The tunes you all have been waiting so long for are finally here to enjoy!

For a common horror-punk or to the most dedicated, this album is one that you simply cannot pass up as you’ll be regretting it beyond belief when you final do hear it.  For me this is definitely one of the most completely solid albums I have heard in a long time, there is not one song I hate or even dislike and even trying to pick a favorite is almost and utterly impossible, though Teenage Homicide has always butted heads with Violent Side in my mind, but in the end Teenage took the crown.  Upon having early access to the album I found myself listening to this album from beginning to end for an entire month straight.  Goolsby adds a new energy and eeriness to the band that makes listening to these classics again brand new and if you happen to have both the old and new Silent Horror material you’ll find yourself listening to every version and loving how both are such polar opposites and yet so good in their own unique way.

In closing, there really is nothing I can gripe about even if I wanted to.  Silent Horror is and always will be one of my all time favorite bands and to hear all these songs again resurrected and brought to an all new level of glory and decadence and to see that my friend Goolsby has chosen this band to be his new home just makes me that much more exciting to see what else Silent Horror has in store for us.  A 17 song album with classics like, The Tingler, Carnival of Souls, Violent Side, Teenage Homicide, Wretched I Am, Beware, Drink of Your Blood, etc. I would easily pay $20 bucks.  Two thumbs up, five stars, whatever the fuck you want to say.  Brandall, Brent, and Gools, you owe everyone a lot of diapers, a lot after they listened to this glorious release.  Doo wop, baby doo wop, doo wop, baby doo!!  Get it?  Doo doo?


Review: Shadow Windhawk and the Morticians – “Casket Spray”

a2555481194_2 Artist: Shadow Windhawk and the Morticians
 Album: Casket Spray
 Format: Digital/CD
 Label: Black Flame Records

Track Listing

1. Intro: A Return to Necrosis
2. 1428
3. Midian
4. The Marsten House
5. Halloween ’63
6. The Ossuary

 

You looking for that new horror-punk band that you just quite seem to find?  Well look no further fella, ya found ‘em!  Out of the ashes of Salt Lake City rise Shadow Windhawk and the Morticians, a band that will soon put a huge dot on the map and is making their presence known with their awesome debut release, “Casket Spray”.  A band created after Shadow’s departure from the band DieMonsterDie, and a progression from his first solo release, “Tales From the Black Lodge’.  This is a band I highly recommend checking out if you haven’t already.

Being the huge punk rock nerd that I am and having horror-punk holding most of my attention of all the sub-genres within punk I am constantly searching for new music and bands.  Casket Spray was a album I had had of off and on again and when Shadow sent me the album for a review I was blown away.  It truly was a breath of delicious and horrifically good air.  Some amazing and straight to the point horror-punk!  Six songs on one EP, which we all know is always special, every song has your fingers glued to that repeat button.

This as I previously stated is an album I strongly recommend picking up to any punk rock fan, especially if you’re looking for some good horror-punk.  The recording is on point and Shadow having a band with him as opposed to being alone adds that power I have always wanted to hear.  These are all songs that are great tracks and I’m not just saying that for kicks.  These songs have all been extremely well written and make this an album that I wouldn’t write off as just another generic horror-punk album.  Songs like, “Halloween ’63”, “The Ossuary”, and “Midian” are proof of that.  If the chance arises and you find yourself in the position to attain this album.  Do it as it shouldn’t be hard for you seeing as you can find it on iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Spotify and Amazon.

- Justin


Review: Atrocity Solution – “Lost Remedies”

1377439_10151935520759324_39822568_nTrack Listing
1. The Introduction Pt. 2
2. Equally Diseased
3. Picking Up The Pieces
4. Panic State
5. Let Us Remember
6. Lost Remedy
7. Watch The World Burn
8. Banshee
9. Ancient Roads
10. Withering Away
11. When We’re Dead
12. Take This To Your Grave
13. Well Wish
14. Fallacy Of Ruin

Personally I believe that Atrocity Solution is a band that should need no introduction, whether you’re a metal head, punk rocker, thrasher, or ska dancer these punks from Wausau, Wisconsin blend it all into something ridiculously awesome and special that any of these fans will enjoy.  I remember seeing these guys for the first time in Charlotte, NC back when, “Melodies for a Massacre” had recently come out and was absolutely blown away, I mean seriously, I literally saw this band at that time and even now as the true successors of Chocking Victim/Leftover Crack and that Crack Rock Steady beat they created and taken it to a whole new level.

This record is flawless, from beginning to end, these guys have been working on this album for a long time and and it definitely shows.  When you listen to “Lost Remedies” you’ll realize this wait was well worth it.  This album has been playing constantly since I obtained it and no album or band has been able to touch it or push it off the pedestal that it has definitely earned.  I remember when I was first listened to this album it took me about an entire day to get through because every time a track finished I wound up playing it again, and again, and again until I was ready for a new track, and trust me, you’ll find yourself doing the exact same thing.  The recording is simply amazing and better than any of their previous releases.  All the instruments are on point, the vocals are gnarly and have you the pumping up the volume to 11 (Spinal Tap) and singing along until your throat bleeds.

In closing there’s nothing for me to gripe about.  There is not one thing I dislike about the album, I love every track and I can play this record on repeat, and have been doing so for days.  This band and release have truly pushed the boundaries of where I thought ska punk or crack rock steady could go.  This band has been able, especially with this release to blend everything from classical, punk, metal, thrash, ska, etc. and blend it all together into something that even the most uptight music asshole would and can appreciate.  With instant classics like, “Watch The World Burn”, “Equally Diseased”, “When We’re Dead”, “Panic State” and many more you’ll find yourself coming back to this record every time and all the time.  In my mind this truly is the best album of the year, not even a second thought.  This is literally the greatest album I have heard in ages. If I were to try and condense how I feel about this record in the most simple of explanations, it would be the equivalent of when I first was introduced to the genre of Punk Rock.  Five fucking stars, two thumbs up, a must hear, etc.  Pre-order this album now.  Seriously.  After you finish reading head over to http://interpunk.com/item.cfm?Item=216400& or http://atrocitysolution.bigcartel.com/ and pre-order this album.  If not you can pick up the album December 17th when the album drops.  Thanks for reading and remember, pick up this record.

- Justin


Robby Bloodshed – Vile Carnality

1174949_707113609314982_623378415_nArtist: Robby Bloodshed
Album: Vile Carnality
Label: Unsigned
Format: CD/Digital

Track Listing

1. Withdrawal
2. Infatuation
3. Pest
4. Per Aspera Ad Inferni (Ghost)

Robby Bloodshed is a solo project straight out of a mad laboratory in New Jersey, of course, aren’t they all!?  Robby has been fighting for quite a long time in the horror-punk scene and have accomplished a lot within that time.  Having shared the stage with many recognizable acts such as Joey Belladonna, Agent Orange, The Casualties, Blitzkid, Stellar Corpses, Nim Vind, The Independents, Mister Monster, Michale Graves, Vagora, The Big Bad, Dr. Chud, Sardonica, Darrow Chemical Company, and many more!  As well as already releasing over 4 E.P.’s and two full-lengths this guy is just getting started and at such an early age I see nothing but good and bright things in this guys future.  When we were approached to do a pre-release review of, “Vile Carnality” we were stoked.

In all honesty that’s much to say about it, not that it’s a bad thing because everything and anything I tell you about this release is going to be nothing but good things.  All the songs are amazing, the instruments are clear, solid, and on point, the vocals are great, the recording and production are amazing especially for someone that’s unsigned.  Which reminds me, why is it that this guys isn’t signed yet?  Seriously, if you’re reading this and have a record label, you’d be an idiot not to sign this guy.  My favorite songs off the release being , “Pest” just being so catchy and the guitar is awesome and I love it on this track and I find my finger pressing that repeat button every time it finishes.  Of course there is also my other favorite, Robby’s cover of Ghost’s, “Per Aspera Ad Inferni” I could go over this cover for hours.  I personally feel that Robby stays so true to the song yet at the very same time brings his own style and uniqueness to the song.  I feel that this version has even more power and emotion behind it than the original (yes you read that right).

In closing there’s nothing about this release that I don’t like, everything is solid, all the songs are awesome, the cover is amazing.  If you pre-ordered this E.P. you’re in for a treat as it’s awesome and love at first listen.  If you’ve been debating about it, then I definitely suggest picking it up.  This is a E.P. that you will find yourself coming back to time and time again.  No gripes, this release has got Technicolor Terror’s vote.  Two thumbs up bud.  Awesome E.P.

- TT


Miss Behave!

An interview with Jenny of Miss Behave and the Caretakers
Justin Stankus

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Miss Behave and the Caretakers are a band not to be overlooked, with three of the original members of the horror-punk band The Spookshow, they decided to form a new monstrosity together with their caretakers.  A brand new band, a brand new chapter, and a brand new album released this year, this band are now ready to enter the world, and conquer it.  Technicolor Terror is pleased to interview Jenny and add this amazing band to our growing list.  Let’s get to it!

Justin – So could we please start by getting your name and your position as well as everyone else’s position within the band?

Jenny – Miss Behave – lead singer, Mr. Deadbeat – drums and vocals , Von Gravesoil – guitar and vocals , Carol-Anne – bass and vocals, and Candyman – guitar and vocals.

Justin – Jenny can you tell us how Miss Behave and the Caretakers came to be and how all the other band members came together?

Jenny – We had been thinking about starting a new band, ever since we left The Spookshow.  Miss Behave, Deadbeat, and Carol-Anne, we needed two guitarists that were good, psycho and cool to hang out with!  Right away we found Candyman and Von Gravesoil, they fit the band perfectly.

Justin – So how did the name come about?  Is there significance or a story behind the name?  Were there any other names that almost made it and if so would you be willing to share any of them?

Jenny – The first night when we all sat down together we drank a lot of red wine and beer and jammed out on a few songs.  After a couple of hours someone (can’t remember who) came up with the name, Miss Behave & The Caretakers, and that name was a keeper.  Miss Behave is the bloody queen and the rest are caretakers.

Justin – Obviously a horror fan, what about the macabre made you want to start a horror-punk band?  What was your, “horror-defining moment”?  Was it a book, movie, band, comic, etc.?

Jenny – When you’re in a horror-punk band you get a chance to express your most inner feelings.  Also you get a chance to write about all the sick people that are in this world.  My horror defining moment was when I was 6 years old and sneak peaked at Poltergeist.  I was scared as hell for a couple of weeks, but then I started to enjoy the scene :).

Justin – What inspired you to start signing and get involved in music?  When did you realize that this is what you wanted to do for a living?

Jenny – I forced my mom and dad to watch me perform during my entire childhood, so this has always been my dream for a living.

Justin – Vocally, who a your biggest idols, growing up and present?

Jenny – Growing up I listened to bands like: Nofx, Johnny Cash and a lot of ska punk bands.  Present, it’s almost the same, I love that scene and I always will.

1175550_622017014486455_960830391_nJustin – I do hear rumors of a new album in the works.  For our readers and fans would can you spill some guts on the album?  What can fans expect from Miss Behave and the Caretakers?

Jenny – Our debut album, “Daddy’s Freakshow” have a release date in the USA, by the end of October.  Early November it will be hitting Europe.  Our fans can expect one hell of a cool album, with blasting punk rock songs catchy lyrics and a sexy ass band, ready to take over the world.

Justin -Since getting involved with music and being in bands and such what would have to be your all time favorite show at this point?

Jenny – My personal favorite show was at Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig, 2003. 600 people in the crowd, all singing our songs.  That was awesome.

Justin – Speaking of shows are there any tours in the works for you guys?  Is there any chance of seeing you all hit the US in the near future?

Jenny – We’re planning a tour in Europe in 2014, and of course we will come to the US.  The sooner the better.

Justin – Do you, or any of your fellow band members have any strange pre-show obsessions?

Jenny – We don’t do any strange things, just put our faces on, have a glass of wine and then we put on one hell of a show.  But maybe in the future, if there’s a DVD, you’ll get a chance to see the inside :).

Justin – Last question when it comes to shows/touring but who are some of your favorite bands to share the stage with?  If given the chance to play with whoever you wanted who would it be?

Jenny – It would be an honour to play with the mighty Misfits of course.  Also bands like Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, etc.  Maybe in the future, who knows?

Justin – If you never got involved in music what do you think you’d be doing?

Jenny – That thought never occurred to me, it’s not an option….

Justin – If someone stumbled upon this page and started reading this interview having no idea who you guys were why would you suggest them checking the band out?

Jenny – Because we are the coolest horror-punk band at the moment.  You would be sorry for the rest of your life if you missed out on this.

998647_622017791153044_432368973_nJustin – Being a part of this band I apologize but this question had to be asked and was inevitable, but what led to you leaving The Spookshow?

Jenny – We got tired of working with complete morons, people who think that a band is 1 or 2 people and acting like nazis, we hated that.  We wanted a band were everyone is equally involved in writing the lyrics, making songs and all the work that come with it.  That would never had worked in The Spookshow, because of the members that we left.

Justin – What can fans of you, and The Spookshow expect from Miss Behave and The Caretakers?  Will this band be a departure and be more serious and be a new chapter for yourself and the band?

Jenny – Definitely it’s a new chapter for us and our fans.  As I said, this is a band, not a solo career.  The songs are better, tougher, catchier and we think that our “old” fans will love us even more this time.

Justin – Jenny, has any of your lyrics ever struck a nerve with friends, family, or loved ones?

Jenny – My daughter thinks that I write weird and scary lyrics, but then she listens to Justin Bieber, so!!!!!

Justin – Since starting out in The Spookshow how do you feel your music has progressed?  Is it what you imagined it would be?

Jenny – Well we were never involved in the making of the songs with The Spookshow.  With Miss Behave & The Caretakers it feels like we are complete as a band.

Justin – What is the best way and place for fans to get a hold of your music and merchandise?

Jenny – Contact Crypt of Blood Records to buy the album.  We will also be on Spotify and iTunes later this year. There will also be a distributor in Europe, just don’t know who yet.  For updates, obviously follow us on Facebook.

ahhh yeahJustin – What are your top 3 horror movies and why?

Jenny – Poltergeist, it was my first…, The Excorsist, it’s sick as hell.  The Omen, scary kids are always a hit.

Justin – Who are your favorite currently active horror-punk bands in the scene right now?

Jenny – The Misfits, they’re back with a vengeance.  Tiger Army and Mad Sin also.

Justin – In closing I sincerely want to thank you Jenny for taking to the time to do this interview with Technicolor Terror.  Is there anything else you would like to add or say to the fans and readers out there?

Jenny – Beware!  Because Miss Behave & The Caretakers are coming to town!!!

- Thanks for reading everyone!


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