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Samhain announce more reunion shows

Horror punk legends Samhain are following up their one-off reunion appearance at this year’s Riot Fest with at least five U.S. shows, which will take place this fall. The dates and locations are below.

The lineup for the reunion is unknown, but there have been rumors that original bassist Eerie Von will be involved. Von was a member of Samhain from 1983 to 1987, when the band changed their name to Danzig.



Black Cat Attack (ex-Sum 41) announce North American summer tour

Canadian horror punk quartet Black Cat Attack (featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh) are gearing up to hit the road this summer for a month’s worth of North American tour dates. Full details on when and where the band will be playing can be found below.

Black Cat Attack’s latest EP Bright Side of the Moon was released in April, serving as a follow-up to 2012’s Vamparty. Both releases are available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp.



Full Album Stream: Beneath The Cellar (OC horror punk) – “Lesions”

Here’s one for the horror punk fans amongst you. Orange County “melodic, dismal punk rock” band Beneath The Cellar released their newest full-length, “Lesions,” earlier this month via Nothing But A Nightmare. The entire album is streaming here. Go check it out.

“Lesions” is available for purchase in physical and digital formats at the same link.



Black Cat Attack (ex-Sum 41) stream new EP “Bright Side of the Moon”

Canadian horror punk quartet Black Cat Attack (featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh) are streaming their latest EP Bright Side of the Moon in its entirety and you can give it a listen below.

Bright Side of the Moon was released in April, serving as a follow-up to Black Cat Attack’s 2012 EP Vamparty. Both releases are available for purchase on Bandcamp.



The Moans (horror-pop-punk) stream new EP “Arrested For Possession”

Sacramento horror-pop-punk act The Moans have released their brand new EP “Arrested For Possession” and you can stream it in its entirety below.

The EP is a follow-up to their 2013 full-length debut “From Underground”.



Gamma Ghouls (NYC horror punk) release demo (free download)

New York’s horror punk outfit Gamma Ghouls is offering their 7-track demo as a free download.  You can get it by clicking below.



Free Download: Horror is Dead – “Revisiting the Graves” EP

Illinois based horror punks Horror Is Dead have recently released a new EP entitled Revisiting the Graves for free download.

The EP contains rerecorded songs from the bands first album, along with a cover of the Oingo Boingo classic “Dead Man’s Party”. You can download it for yourself by clicking here.

The band is in the studio now recording their debut EP for Pixelhead Records.



Video: Johnny B. Morbid – “Forever”

Horror punx Johnny B. Morbid have released a new video for the track “Forever” and you can check it out below.

The song appears on “Welcome to Die!” which was released on Halloween. You can preview or buy that here.



Free Download: Horror Is Dead – “Dead Man’s Party” (Oingo Boingo cover)

To celebrate Halloween, Horror Is Dead recorded a cover of “Dead Man’s Party”, originally performed by Oingo Boingo. Rather than giving away free candy this year, the band’s label, Pixelhead Records, has decided to give away the song for free instead. You can snag your download over at Horror Is Dead’s bandcamp.

Horror Is Dead also filmed a video for the track, which you can check out below.



Horror Punk act Horror Is Dead sign to Pixelhead Records, working on new album

Pixelhead Records has just announced the signing of Bartlett, Illinois horror-punk act Horror Is Dead.

The band is currently working with producer Chuck Macak to create their next release, which will be out in early 2014.  You can stream Horror Is Dead’s last EP, “Victims”, below.



The Independents announce fall tour

The horror punk/ska outfit formerly managed and produced by Joey Ramone  called The Independents have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall.

Click here to see if the tour is coming near you.

The Independents last released “Do It Again” in 2008, and they are working on a new album titled “Into The Light”.



Introducing Horror-Surf Punk Act: The Gory Details

Austin, TX might not exactly be the first place you might think of when the words “surf punk” are uttered, but that doesn’t stop some of its residents from starting bands and laying down some solid tunes that will make you want to grab your board and hit the waves. Austin’s The Gory Details is one of those bands. Featuring lo-fi productions and haunting, yet tongue-in-cheek lyrics, that would make both Danzig and Teenage Bottlerocket proud, The Gory Details are perfect for those late night swims with zombies, or just hanging around the campfire while the martians begin to land. You can listen to their debut tape, Killer Waves, right here.



The Independents launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album “Into The Light”

The horror punk/ska outfit formerly managed and produced by Joey Ramone  called The Independents have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their first full length record in five years titled “Into The Light”. The band has already reached  70% of their $10,000 goal, but they still need all the help they can get with funding the album, because if they don’t reach the full $10,000 then they receive zero profits from the campaign. I found out about this campaign a couple weeks late, therefore the deadline is right around the corner on August 26th.

Click here to check out and/or contribute to the Kickstarter campaign.

The Independents last released “Do It Again” in 2008.



Murder Party (horror-punk) release music video for “Motor Psycho”

Michigan’s horror-punk act Murder Party have released a music video for their song “Motor Psycho” and you can check it out right here.

The song appears on the band’s self-titled EP released last January on East Grand Records.



Show Review: Death Spells

Sometimes, you have to see it to get it.

Prior to watching their opening set with MSI last weekend, I didn’t understand Death Spells. The new duo, consisting of Frank Iero (formerly of My Chemical Romance and Leathermouth) and James Dewees (Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, Leathermouth) hasn’t actually released any EPs yet.  The one song (and music video) I found on their website didn’t seem like anything I was interested it.

The noisy “Where are my Fucking Pills?” from their website is accompanied by a music video of spastic movie images, horror clips, and artistic filler nonsense that looks like a 1990s screen saver.  The music has overwhelmingly distorted and garbled scremo lyrics, and sounded like a Bedlum of electronic feedback resulting from two men trying to one-up each other in a race to blow out speakers.  Online, I totally didn’t get it.

In person, I totally got it.  Read the full review here.

The Death Spells set was unlike any set I have seen in years- possibly in my life.  Instead of instruments, the stage was set with two desks filled with pedals, buttons, levers, dials, and other assorted noisemaking nonsense.  When Dewees and Iero took the stage, it was carrying laptops and binders instead of guitars.  The stage was kept in near total darkness for the entire set, and a giant scrim was propped up behind the pair.

The music itself was played with the sort of intensity that’s almost like taking a punch to the gut.  While music born primarily of computers and soundboards often feels cold and un-emotive, Death Spells attacked with unadulterated rage and intensity.  At several points during the set, Iero and Dewees were singing while trashing with such conviction, the crowd was treated to the pair white-knuckle gripping the desks to stay standing.  Iero (primarily) spat, screeched and screamed out the lyrics to all songs with the sort of emotional response that’s so intense, that it’s barely within the control of the singer making it.  In harsh juxtaposition, the electronic equipment was babied to the point of reverence.

 

I have absolutely no idea what a single lyric to any song was, but I couldn’t care less if I tried.  I’m pretty sure that’s the point- this was entirely about the unfiltered emotion and the act of creation (even when the end product isn’t conventionally pretty.)  Just when I would be lulled into understanding by a melodic transition, the sounds would push back against me and force me as the viewer into re-evaluating what “art” could be.

The images on the screen were often uncomfortable; Japanese horror films were heavily utilized and they tend to be significantly more graphic and disturbing than their American counterparts.  I was raised on a healthy diet of horror films, and even I found some of it a bit much.   The gaggle of high schoolers stuck next to me actually turned their back to the screens for many of the songs.  Many of the choices of clips boarded on misogynistic, although men were bloodied in the images as often as women.  Teeth were ripped out on threads, hatchets were slammed into skulls, and I’m pretty sure there were a few images which might be classified as cannibalism.  The same transitions of colors and twisting shapes were used in between clips and songs, creating a long and continuous barrage of imagery that was all together unsettling and still oddly hypnotic.  The sensory overload was heightened by the total lack of banter from the performers- they didn’t even stop to announce their name. As the images of extreme disfigurement rolled on the screen in quick and jerky loops, I become less and less disturbed by the content, and more focused on the basket weave the visuals made with the noise.   Then, a particularly uncomfortable image or two would roll across the screen, and the process would start again.

While the images combined with the music didn’t make sense at home on my laptop, it meshed perfectly as a live show.  The brightness of the colors and pictures overwhelmed the otherwise unlit stage; the result were two performers in parkas silhouetted against the curtain, otherwise unrecognizable.  Planned by two artists whose prior works have sold millions of records, the result was a bold choice and an obvious rebellion from any preconceived notions of what to expect.

Overall, I can’t remember another concert that was such a multi-sensory experience.  By the way, MSI was amazing too- but you knew that already.

DeathSpells is on tour with MSI until April 19th.  They will also be playing Surf and Skate Festival this summer.  More info is available here.