Lester Greenowski “Carpenter’s Cult”

We all know that Lester is a man of taste. He is proving it again with this new album featuring 13 songs inspired by 13 titles of genius American filmmaker John Carpenter. Each song is introduced with a movie sample and of course, it’s starting with “Halloween”, Carpenter’s most famous horror movie here turning into a horror punk song MISFITS style. “Christine” is given a 60s rock’n’roll treatment while “Prince Of Darkness” (famous for ALICE COOPER‘s role) offers us some fine punk powerpop flirting with 80s heavy rock. “Vampires” is a good punk rock song à la The BOYS and “Assault Of Precint 13” and “The Thing” both bring the RAMONES to mind. You’ll also hear a LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH touch in the very catchy and 80s flavoured “They Live” and a CARS one in “In The Mouth Of Madness” as well as a FUZZTONES one in “Village Of The Damned.” On the glam punk side, “Big Trouble In Little China” has a bit of a PEPPERMINT CREEPS feel to it in the guitar melody. “Escape From New York” is a catchy hard rock’n’roll punk song, “Ghosts Of Mars” is a killer and epic dark punk tune that could have been on a DAMNED album and “The Fog” puts an end to this album with the spirit of STIV BATORS wandering around. This is a great album full of cinema and music references that shows more variety in its songs than the band’s previous records. Are you looking for a sci-fi/horror punk present for Christmas? This one is definitely for you!/ Laurent C.

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The Zombie Dandies “Dandy’s Little Monsters”

French horror glam punk ZOMBIE DANDIES are back with a free downloadable album, and set the listener into their world right from the start with their cartoonish burlesque “Little Monsters Intro”, and the fun and pretty chaotic “Halloween Again.”
Songs like “Killer Rabbit”, “Regenerate My Dead Pet”, “Brundlefly”, or “Dangerous Weirdo” reminds me of the early 90s glam punk scene, and the band’s lyrics will sure appeal to FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13 fans.
The band hasn’t gave up on their love of lo-fi and garage, especially in songs like “Game Boy Horror”, or raw punk anthem “Now A Nuclear Animal Rules” while their heavier side shows in “Boogeyman.”
Don’t be afraid of The ZOMBIE DANDIES, it’s Halloween every day, anyway! /Laurent C.

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Cadaver Club “It’s Always The Quiet Ones”

Irish horror punks CADAVER CLUB are always ready for Halloween, and this time, they bring us 13 new songs. “Afraid Of Me”, “Penny Dreadful” and “Transylvania Twist” open this second album in a glam punk way, reminding a bit of the TRASH BRATS. Songs like “Southern Cemetary”, “Twilight of The Gods”, or “The Quiet Ones” (probably my favourite song on the album!) will have no problem to make ghoul crowds sing along and pogo, and if you need a pause, you’ll find a blues song (“Follow Me To Hell”), before jumping right into punk madness again with “The Coppercombe Witch.”
The man behind the drums(Draggle) is actually rock’n’roll/folk troubadour MATTY JAMES, showing us more of his musical talents on here, and when listening to”Murder of Crows”, you can only think that this song could also be played during his shows.
“It’s Always The Quiet Ones” shows us that horror punk is not only about the image, if you need the songs, and CADAVER CLUB have them.
Beware of the quiet ones, punk’s not dead, and funeral punk is alive!/Laurent C.

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Raging Dead “Born In Rage” EP

New horror punk band from Italy bringing us 6 (well, actually 5 since “Awakening Of The Damned” is an intro) songs with heavy WEDNESDAY 13/MURDERDOLLS influences, and an image close to Sweden’s SISTER, something like black metal meets glam on a Halloween night.
The guitar sound in songs like “Scratch Me”, or “Anathema” is definitely metal, but the raw punk energy you can hear in the vocals and backing vocals make these tracks sound quite wild. No time to breathe, “Redemption” could even be a hardcore kid’s favourite, while “Nightstalker” will make headbangers sing along, and “Vengeance” will make you scream like Rob Halford in a slasher film.
I was about to say that I’m looking forward to listening to a full album, but the EP format actually works well with this genre./Laurent C.

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Cavaverman “James Dead”

CavavermanIt seems like these Italian guys have turned to zombies after listening to Too much MISFITS! Luckily, they can still play horror punk, and they do it quite well. Although, it might really sound like a MISFITS tribute band, (and it is in a way), CAVAVERMAN can write some catchy tunes in the style (“Welcome To Zombieland”, “Purple Brain”, “I Will Kill You”…)
It also gets interesting when the band slides away a bit from The MISFITS territory, like on “Werewolves”, “Zombie Lover”, or “Walking Dead” that sound a bit like a heavier version of The RAMONES, or on “I Am The One”.
Maybe 14 songs is a bit much in that style (some of them could have been better without the autotune kind of “wohohohooo!” in them), but well, most of these songs are made to make you singalong on a horror night, so just get their album for the next one you’re planinng. You have no excuse since it’s downloadable for free on Bandcamp./Laurent C.


Cadaver Club “A Fate Worse Than Life”

CadaverClubCoverHorror rock is quite a large category, but when you think about horror punk, it’s hard to avoid mentionning The MISFITS, and CADAVER CLUB know it well (“I’m Making a Monster, Baby”, “Do You Dig Graves?”…) Although they come from rainy England and describe their music as funeral punk (“The spectacle of ALICE COOPER with the energy of The RAMONES” in their own words), it’s hard not to think about Californian glam punk bands like the PEPPERMINT CREEPS for instance when listening to “Lunatic In Love”, “Dead Air”, “No End To Me” or “My First Hate”. The TRASH BRATS also come to mind at times ( “Vampires Ain’t What They Used To Be”, “Bat Among The Pigeons”.)
In 13 songs coming out in a cool spooky looking digipack, these Mancunian undertakers manage to get you hooked with werewolf anthems (“Lunatic In Love”) and death rockin’ party hits (“Where Dreams Go To Die”, “My Rictus Smile”.) Dressed up in Victorian clothes and corpse paint, they will also surprise you with 50s/60s touches here and there.
Don’t look further, this is THE Halloween 2013 record! As the GROOVIE GHOULIES used to sing, til’ death do us party!/Laurent C.