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Again another awesome new album was to be heard this week. In Solitude’s Sister sees the band leaving some of their Mercyful Fate Tendencies behind while driving in a new direction. Great band for this season.
Speaking of this season, my playlist this week took a turn to the Halloween-ish. I had to start busting out some of the standards like The Misfits and Samhain. Also this week I watched the awesome documentaries Amebix: Risen and Watain: Opus Diaboli so both bands made a dent in my play list this week. Risen gives a great history about Amebix and Opus Diaboli is more of a concert movie with little snippets in-between about Watain but my word do they put on a show. Any ways, let’s get into the season:
To me Ghoul are sort of the illegitimate children of Gwar. They make no bones about Gwar being a huge influence and you can see that influence directly in the presentation of the band. The music is more thrash/death in tone with accents of surf rock thrown in to make the whole thing just a bit crazier. I dig these guys and I’m glad to see somebody carrying on the torch of costumed theatrical metal. Great music for Halloween.
If you’re talking about horror punk bands the bar was sort of set by The Misfits. In their absence hundreds of these bands started to pop up and while there are a handful of good ones there are only a few that are great. Calabrese and Blitzkid are the two that spring to mind and since Blitzkid is now over and The Misfits are but a shattered image of what they once were, Calabrese is left to carry the torch. 13 Halloweens is their first full length and one of my favorites by them. While I enjoy Calabrese all the time I really only give them a good listen to this time of year. It’s hard not to when their imagery and sound is so much informed by horror. 13 Halloweens is equally as good as their follow up The Traveling Vampire Show and are almost companion pieces. On Vampire Show they sort of spread their wings (pun intended) a little more but both are still pretty much straight up Horror Punk albums.
Since October hit this week it was time to get some Misfits going. I went all in Tuesday and listened to four of their albums. 12 Hits from Hell may be my favorite even though it really wasn’t an album until 2001 and even then it was never released. It was planned to be an album in 1980 but inner band drama caused it to be shelved and the songs divided up among other releases at the time. The two guitars make this one special for me and really fills out their already classic sound. You can’t live in October and not listen to the Misfits. It just isn’t right.
I some how missed this one. I have their first release and their newest but this week I finally got to listen to this one. It was pretty typical for Winterfylleth, brooding, smashing, atmospheric, folk black metal. Typical for them however is awesome and if all bands were this typical the world would be a better place.
This is another seasonal favorite of mine. I guess you could make the argument that their sound is unrelentingly dark and bombastic which helps with the Halloween season but I first discovered this band (and this album) in October so I always equate it with the season. Besides that, this band is awesome. They will pummel your ears and senses and leave you wondering what the heck just happened when it’s all over.
In Solitude – Sister
Amebix – Monolith
Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess
Niden Div. 187 – Impergium
Ghamorean – Terra Ruina
Ghoul – Intermediate Level Hard-Core
Violator – Scenarios of Brutality
The Misfits – Static Age
The Misfits – American Psycho
The Misfits – Famous Monsters
Blodsgard – Monument
Amebix – Arise
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Iced Earth – Horror Show
Vallendusk – Black Clouds Gathering
Germ – Loss
Germ – Wish
Borknagar – Empiricism
Samhain – Initium
Carcass – Surgical Steel
Goatmoon – Varjot
Watain – Lawless Darkness
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