Telling Horror Stories… the right way!

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Circus Rhapsody – Telling Horror Stories

Do you Ghouls remember that time when your humble Doctor was praising band named Circus Rhapsody? Do you remember how much I liked it? Well, here’s the good news. THEY’RE BACK! And they’re bringing along a new record.

And what a record that is.

The variety in music and styles is still there. It was even taken a good step further than before. You‘ll find the „typical“ Horror Punk styled songs (like T.H.S.M.W.T.E.I.W.) and the beforementioned experimental tunes (Factory, Haunted House), but this time they also add some classic Rockabilly (Lovers Lane, Monster Inn) and something that sounds like it was influenced by irish folk (Winchester). Sounds weird? Again? Really? Come on, Ghouls, haven’t you read my last review? Good, then let me say it: IT IS AWESOME! It’s a rollercoaster of styles with a bunch of pretty unusual instruments. It’s like walking a carnival with al it’s different rides.

The whol thing gives us 21 new tunes, a great mix of great music and shitloads of fun.

So, if you didn’t listen to their music yet, I strongly recommend you take care about that. And don’t do it somewhen in the future, DO IT NOW. Otherwise you should not complain about Horror Punk being all the same.

And the best part is, the guys are touring at the moment, so go and see them, if you have the chance. Here’s the dates:

01.11. Köln – Luxor w/ Wednesday 13
02.11. Hamburg – Logo w/ Wednesday 13
03.11. Berlin – Msik & Frieden w/ Wednesday 13
04.11. Prag – Futurum w/ Wednesday 13
06.11. Potsdam – Archiv
07.11. Hannover – Monopol
12.11. Chemnitz – Subway to Peter
13.11. Prag(CZ) – Napa Underground
14.11. Salzburg(AUT) – Traxla
18.11. Leipzig – Manfred
19.11. Tübingen – LU 15
20.11. Lahr – Rößle
21.11. Zürich(CHE) – Neugasshof Rockbar
22.11. Duisburg – Asta Keller
23.11. Flensburg – Hinkelstein (unplugged)
24.11. Schleswig – FKKZ
25.11. Flensburg – Schipperklause
26.11. Hamburg – Lehmitz
27.11. Ibbenbüren – Scheune
28.11. Ahrensburg – JuKi 42

 

 

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Graveyard Rodeo

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Ok, beloved ghouls, all of you have heard about it, most of you have been there. So what is to say about the Graveyard Rodeo?

Well, your humble host, your beloved Dead Doctor, had the chance to play there, which is a double premiere because it was not only THEM! playing their premiere Graveyard Rodeo but also the event took place in Leipzig for the first time.

And it was simply great.

I am not going to talk about the bands who where, in simple words, brilliant. Alexx Sleaze, the founder and main organiser of that event, chose some really great artists to perform. Nobody expected less than that and he achieved success in every point.

What I want to talk about is the people being there. Everybody was kind, nobody, musician or not, showed any inappropriate attitude of any kind. Everybody was there for everybody. Even if the crowd did not rave in extacy with every band, they at least showed their respect and approval for what the artists did on the stage. The people selling merch took care for each other and it was all in all a great night.

I’d like to thank everybody who was there, everybody who brought this series of events to the next level, everybody who welcomed the artists, known or unknown.

And I pity all of those who haven’t been there… but hey, there will be another Graveyard Rodeo going on… don’t miss it!

Dead United Live

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Yes, your humble host, the Dead Doctor, has been there, seen it. He has experienced the horrors spread by the bunch of fiends called Dead United.

What to say about those franconian freaks? First, they are cheeky as hell.

Dead United don’t give a wet fuck about convetions, they do it for the fun of it. They take the word PUNK in its true form. They mix their own songs with cover versions and are even not afraid to perform a really hot version of the well known Time Warp.

When performing live Dead United are like a really weird mix of classic Horror Punk and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, spiked with a good amount of insanity. Not only the band itself creeps the stage, no, they are accompanied by a bunch of henchmen, mummies and the well known Dr. Horror who leaves his wicked tomb for their shows.

Your beloved Dead Doctor knows that some voices are croaking about them not being „true“ Horrorpunks, but hey, who gives a fuck?

Dead United guarantee a good time filled with weird romance, blood, gore and ripped out bowels. If you get the cance to see them, move your rotting corpse out to watch and listen to that bunch of freaks rocking the stage!

Stay Ghoul

Contra Light Records – Home of the New Breed

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Today, my willing readers, I want to introduce a record label to you. I am talking about Contra Light Records, the home of a new breed of horrorpunk bands.

The Label is based in Leipzig, Germany, and was founded in October 2007 as a department of the Oi and Punk label Contra Records. In 2011 it turned autonomous and is managed exclusively by Soiche, who was working for Contra Records before.

So much for the facts, but there is more behind it than simple facts.

The most important thing to say is, Contra Light is a label that really cares. It cares for its customers, it cares for his artists, it cares for the horror. Contra Light has released and supported a variety of horror punk bands. They have started with The Fright, took care for the Crimson Ghosts and Dead United, and recently released some fine russian horrorpunk bands like Braindead or Romero’s Nation. They also run a webshop where they offer a diversity of really fine horrorpunk related products. And yes, CLR isn’t even afraid in supporting absolute newcomers like your humble hosts own band THEM!

But not only the artists are cared for, CLR also really looks after the customer. Not only the shop is run diligent, also the average fiend is fed with all information that CLR can provide. A newsletter is sent out when new releases or other stuff is to be promoted.

To put long things short, CLR does what others only promise. Make sure to check them out.

CLR Homepage

 

THEM! – …Risen From Perdition

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Question: Is it ok to review your own work?

Answer: WHO CARES?

But your hubmle host doesn’t want to boast about something he took part in creating, so I will give the word first to the Marquis DeBlood, founder of the horror punk community Horror-Punks.com:

Hailing from Nuremberg comes the debut release „…risen from perdition“ by THEM! These fledgling monsters scare it up frightfully on this 5 song EP. Kicking off with the racious „There For Your Blood“, Then into the pogo fueled „Atomic Giant Lizard Thing“. THEM barrage the listeners senses with unrelenting, claw flailing fury all the way through to the closer, „We Are The Ghouls“. Ably fronted by Dr. R. U. Pickman and backed solidly by Jack Killmore, Lawrence T. Caterwaul and Maneat Pete. THEM! take you on a journey to eternal punishment and damnation. With catchy riffs and hooks, these ghouls really know how to bring it. I forsee a great future for these zombies. With killer packaging and amazing artwork, the only draw back is that the EP is too short. It definitely makes you „Feel the Hunger Inside“ for more. Overall, „…risen from perdition“ is a fun filled blood fest that will make a great addition to your horror-punk collection. Hell, Hell might not be such a bad place after all!

Well, such nice things said about our first release and we are really proud about that piece of work we did. We are another band of what your humble host calles the New Breed Of German Horror Punk. We see ourselves among the new breed of ghoulish bands that spread the horror in this still unsuspecting country. And yes, your humble host, your beloved Doctor, is proud to be part of this movement.

So take your time and check us out, maybe show up at one of our gigs, we promise to give you a really ghoulish time!

THEM! Homepage

THEM! on Facebook

THEM! on Horror-Punks.com

HELLGREASER – The Humans Must Die

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Ok, ghouls, the piece I am going to talk about today is the EP „The Humans Must Die“ by HELLGREASER, another band of what your humble host likes to reffer as the New Breed Of German HorrorPunk (NBOGHP)

The three ghouls from Cologne present their debut as a 4 track CD plus a bonus track. Nice artwork, pure and simple cover is the first thing that hits the eye… but who cares what that thing looks like, the sound is the important part.

First thin that stands out is the voice of Slaughter Lamb, Hellgreasers lead vocalist and guitar player. Soft, where it needs to be, edgy on other parts, it shows a great variety of shades. It reaches heights and lows alike and hits every tone on the spot.

This great voice (really, you should hear it live, even better than on CD) is accompanied by a pretty straight guitar, the thundering bass played by Hair Screaming, and a set of drums that the drummer, Demon Machine, plays like he was beating the war drums for a horde of rabid tribesmen.

The four major tracks are produced in a decent manner, clean enough to be called professional, but still it doesn’t miss the dirt, a good punk-rock production needs. Your humble host recommends their personal theme „Go Hellgreaser Go“, a song that simply invites you to sing along, no matter what.

The only draw back is the bonus track. Not that it is a bad song, in fact it is just as good as all the other songs, but since it is a demo song it is too muted compared to the other tracks.

All together it is a really nice piece of music that really is able to cheer one up and get you in the mood for more. But be careful and not get carried away. It could happen that you find yourself singing along loud in a totally overcrowded subway train.

You can find more information about this little piece of hell on HELLGREASERS pages:

http://hellgreaser.de

https://www.facebook.com/Hellgreaser?fref=ts

Do you have a piece of art, music or anything else morbid or horror themed, that you want reviewed?

Write me: doctor@them-horror.de