The Channeling – “Last Harvest”

Artist: The Channeling
Album: Last Harvest
Format: CD
Label: Axe ‘N’ Head

Track Listing
1. Excommunication
2. Coroner’s Report
3. Cold Circuits
4. Damien
5. Frighteners
6. Axonia
7. Demonology
8. Bolt Neck
9. Pillars to Dust
10. Salem


Looking for that long lost horror-punk band you knew existed but could never find?  Well here you are, I give you, The Channeling.  This punk rock super group, which you could argue isn’t to that point yet, but will surely have your mind changed after giving this album a listen.  There is no doubt in my mind that given time, this band will come to rival such bands as Blitzkid, Calabrese, old AFI, The Crimson Ghosts, etc.  Fronted by founder Chris Mann (vocals/guitar), and accompanied by fellow band mates Richard Triggs (guitar/vocals), Ryan Bellegrave (bass/vocals), and Donny Morris (drums), these guys have come together to create something new and fresh for the horror genre and punk rock in general.  This is really is an album that I’m not sure if I can fully express in words how good it is.

Take old AFI when they were good, and cross breed them with Church For Sinners, and the resulting mutation would be The Channeling.  This album has so many good things going for it, starting with vocals.  Chris’s vocals absolutely blow me away and capture the intensity of the band and this album so well, like a Davey Havok, but better, not as feminine, and not a cry baby.  His vocals on Cold Circuits give me goosebumps every time I hear it and results in me replaying it again and again.  It’s no wonder why it is one of my most played songs on my iPod.  The guitar is superb, the bass is solid and epic, the drums are the icing on the cake, and the recording is flawless as well.  Honestly, there is nothing I dislike about the album, and that’s the truth.  I could listen to this cd all the way through back to back and not get annoyed or bored, it seriously gets better the more you listen to it.

This album has me so pumped for the future of horror-punk.  With instant classics like Cold Circuits, Damien, Frighteners (as heard on Tony Hawk’s Project 8), Demonology, and Pillars to Dust.  This album has it all for any fan, whether you’re a hardcore horror-punk fan or just getting into the genre, goth fans, or even just a regular punk fan.  Then you owe it to yourself to go pick up this album.  I’ve tried my best to express how good this album is and I still feel like I fell short of that expression.  So get off your ass and pick this up!  The first 31 online orders of the album will receive a free hand screened glow in the dark Last Harvest Ouija board, measuring 15.5″ x 10″.  So get check out their Facebook and show them some support and ask them about the sweet deal!

– HS, Justin (Nosebleed) Stankus



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