Horror Vision – Final Broadcast

As anyone, we have certain regular cravings here at The RR, one being for rabidly ravenous horrorpunk. It is a hunger that has to date been richly satisfied through Germany based label Undead Artists and continues through its latest offering. Founded by Johnny Rose, also the frontman of the formidable Blast Bomb, the label has unleashed the debut album from fellow country ghouls Horror Vision. Offering up ten tracks which prey on the senses as they arouse the spirit, Final Broadcast is an appetite filling anthology of punk infested horror rock ‘n’ roll.

Hailing from Ulm and consisting of vocalist/guitarist Evelyn van Bytingale, vocalist/bassist Andrew Lycanhead, and drummer Dr. Combat, Horror Vision lure ears and imagination into their cinematically inspired first full-length through an Intro setting the listener at the melodic heart of a brewing bedlam. Its sonic drifting eventually leads to the vintage invitation of the Godzilla feature King Of The Monsters. The track is an adrenaline driven punk roar, grooves and aggression entangled in a combative stomp where everything from riffs and bass grooving to predatory vocals and venomously swinging rhythms unite in a raucous trespass.

The following Ghosts Of Mars is just as tenacious and thickly enjoyable, its opening bass groove alone enough to have ears gripped. The subsequent lustful prowl of riffs and rhythms only added to the temptation as too the sonic wiring which veins the combined nagging. It is a raw yet seductive mix escalated by the rousing vocals embracing the same aspects.

Critters gnawed away at the passions next; again grooves getting under the skin before its more primal instincts expose the punk hunger of the track accompanied by an early Misfits meets Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 flavouring before Need For Meat reveals its fifties rock ‘n’ roll penchant. That is soon consumed by the ferocious punk nature and intent of a song though which is as infectiously catchy as it is persistently hostile.

Through the feral Balzac-esque holler of The Thing and the rockabilly nurtured Vampire Waltz, new shades in the Horror Vision creative psychosis uncage their taunting, each leaving the appetite hungry for more while Bathory lets its own individual hard rock laced bloodlust loose to equally persuasive and ferocious effect.

The punk ‘n’ roll harassment of We’re Gonna Get You is untamed catchiness which had the body bouncing and vocal chords roaring with ease, individual prowess uniting for an anthemic scourge before Calling Me Monster closes things up with its carnivorously predacious sounds and character. As all tracks, it demanded and received mutual participation whilst inflaming our instinctive horrorpunk urges.

There is definitely something of the familiar and the individual about Final Broadcast but a mix which left us beyond content and already greedy for much more from the bedevilment going under the name of Horror Vision.

Final Broadcast is out now via Undead Artists @ https://horrorvision.bandcamp.com/releases

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Pete RingMaster 02/11/2018

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Dead Register – Captive

It is two years since Atlanta outfit Dead Register not only thrilled but truly captivated us with debut album Fiber. It was a collection of tracks bred in the rich essences of doom, gothic, and post rock but equally embraced many more flavours to create something as unique as you could imagine or wish. Twenty four or so months on we still cannot truly define their sound or want to as that would be to sterilise its originality and fertility, both as rampant and captivating in the band’s new offering, Captive.

Every word in praise of Fiber by us and so many others can be echoed with zeal in regard to the Captive EP, but not only repeated but escalated as its five tracks venture to mouth-watering new heights in the imaginative craft and inventive prowess of Dead Register. The new EP sees percussionist/drummer Danny Ryann (ex-Gigan) alongside vocalist/bassist M. Chvasta and his wife, Avril Che on bass synth, keys, and backing vocals; Dan Dixon (Whores, The Life and Times, PLS PLS, Biters) recording, mixing, and mastering their now proposition.

Captive opens up with its title track, a dark mist springing the lumbering gait of the song but a funereal step soon wrapped in romancing melodies as a shadow bred atmosphere descends. Magnetic rhythms are swiftly courted by the ever potent and alluring tones of Chvasta, both in turn hugged by the heavy emotive doom gaze breath of the track. Haunting and mesmeric, the song continues to seduce and impose, drama soaking very brooding note and harmonic utterance trespassing and seducing the senses.

It is a highly tantalising and increasingly captivating beginning to the release and one as powerfully continued by next up Ender. A song exploring love and loss and “a reminder to savor even the most mundane idiosyncrasies that “make” our loved ones who they are”, a premise easy to relate to, it rousingly smoulders in ears and thoughts but a thick simmer with volatility which only enriches its emotional incitement and a sound with Type O Negative/Nine Inch Nails hues. There is also a breath to the track and its successors which reminds of eighties band, The Sound; an instinctively downbeat almost depressive yet rousing dark essence which is especially apparent in the fiercely infectious Heresy. From its predacious nagging bassline to the sonic tendrils and Chvasta’s transfixing vocals, the track is pure temptation as virulently catchy as it is melancholically consuming.

A riveting cover of the Dead and Gone track Blood from a Ghost follows, Dead Register infusing it with a voraciously dark elegance without defusing its raw heart and anguish. Few covers in our experience improve on the original but the threesome certainly flirts with that success before Monochrome completes the aural mastery of Captive with its own tenebrific majesty soaked in emotive dissonance. A breath-taking and arousing yet corrosive romance, the track is a maelstrom of destruction and tenderness and quite irresistible.

It is a spellbinding prowess which devours the whole of Captives and feeds the infatuation we have already found for the band. If in our words Fiber was “dark magic, emotional trespassing, and quite wonderful”, Captive is pure aural alchemy and one of the year’s essential encounters.

Captive is released November 2nd; available @ https://deadregister.bandcamp.com/

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 Pete RingMaster 02/11/2018

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