Review: Blitzkid – “Head Over Hills”

Head Over Hills

Artist: Blitzkid
Album: Head Over Hills
Format: 7inch
Label: People Like You
Track listing
Side A
1. Head Over Hills
2. They’re All Dead
Side B
3. I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
4. Theme For a Jackal w/ the Crypt Keeper Five (Misfits Cover)

Blitzkid is one band that needs NO introduction to the horror rock community. For the last 14 years this West Virginia outfit has been paving the trail of modern horror rock, releasing five records and a handful of singles, EP’s and splits and with every release Blitzkid expands on their previous sound, driving it into new and exciting directions, all while staying true to the scene that (they more or less helped form). With the follow up to 2006s “Five Cellars Below,” Blitzkid is set to unleash “Apparitional” in just a couple days (March 22) so naturally, it’s only logical to take a look at their latest single “Head Over Hills.”

“Head Over Hills” collects two alternative tracks that were spawned from the “Apparitional” sessions. Starting out the wax is the piano driven “Head Over Hills,” which is a far cry to the single released on previously on the bands Facebook page. Goolsby’s vocals are both haunting and beautifully melodic, though lacking the energy of the album version. “They’re All Dead,” is a throw back to the bands “classic” sound, think (‘Trance of a Stranger’ – yeah, it’s that good) the track is a subtle tribute to our zombie-obsessed culture. “I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)” could possibly be the oddest song for Blitzkid to cover and to be honest, I originally had no interest in listening to the track and instantly skipped over it in favor for their Misfits rendition of “Theme For a Jackal” but what a mistake that was! “I’m on Fire” was a surprise and by far the best track on the record. Words can not describe how amazing this track is! If only the same could go for their cover of the ’Fits classic “Theme For a Jackal” which is actually the weakest track on the record but still decent in its own respect.

The vinyl itself is pressed on a beautiful, marbled gold / yellow piece of wax and limited to 500 copies and worth every bit of shipping! Pick up this record while you still can and while you’re at it preorder “Apparitional!”

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