Motel Transylvania – Self Titled

We have not been alone in brewing eager anticipation for the debut album of Italian horrorbillies Motel Transylvania having been infected by the sounds of their They Dig After Midnight EP of 2015 as well as the numerous appearances the band has made on various compilations. Four years or so in the making finally that first full-length has crawled from the corridors of the band’s darkest corners and we can tell you it has been well worth the wait.

Formed in 2013 as a solo project of stand-up drummer/vocalist Toxi Ghoul, Motel Transylvania swiftly became a trio which unleashed a well-received debut single in the ghoulish romance of It’s not so bad. The release of They Dig After Midnight in turn established the Savona trio as a band with a potent sound and creative character equipped with the potential of bigger bolder things ahead. Their self-titled debut album realises plenty of that intimation without exhausting all the possibilities of even greater exploits ahead. Across thirteen views from the mausoleum, the album presents a multi-flavoured proposal embracing everything from horror punk and psychobilly to vintage rock ‘n’ roll, punk rock, and other death strewn hues.

It opens up with the portentously atmospheric Called, an invitation into the album’s crypt as intimidating as it is cinematically irresistible. The piece enticingly opens the gateway to the carnal goodness to come starting with Destination. The gorgeous rockabilly groove which harkens its trespass was enough to enslave attention, a submission swiftly rewarded by Toxi’s senses clipping beats and the dark upright bass grumble cast by Fish “The Scarecrow”. The guitar of Taison Gore continues to spin a web of temptation throughout only dropping its raised adrenaline for a breath to be taken before striking up again with salacious intent before the drummer’s lead vocals share their raw scowls. It is an excellent full start to the release and taster of the band’s richly flavoured and varied sound.

The following track shares the band and the album’s name, Motel Transylvania a rousing slice of horror punk with an early Misfits lilt within a labyrinth of psycho and rockabilly taunting. The predacious trespass of the rhythms and vocal causticity steals the show within a track which quickly left its indelible mark before Her Last Boogie launched its raw rock ‘n’ roll stomp on ears with zeal and increasing enterprise. A blend of the feral and the melodically precise, the track is a slice of death boogie needing little time to get punk hips whipped up.

The outstanding Drowning gives warning enough with its bass bred jaws lure before breaking upon the rocks with its blood tainted surf rock groove and barbarous intent while The Night of the Living Dead speeds rather than lumbers through ears with its The Order Of The Fly-esque stalking though the result is still an inescapable rock ‘n’ roll nagging of ears and the imagination. Both tracks add new shades to the album’s adventure and to the unfolding tales of terror; each new pleasure to devour though both are outshone by 4 and its Mad Sin meets Tiger Army like psychobilly shimmer, the albums best track.

The ghostly plains of Beyond The Lights comes next, its unearthly throes psych rock kissed seduction evolving a carnival of fevered temptation before slipping back into its ethereal decay, while its successor, It’s Not So Bad, coaxes ears with its puckered rockabilly lures before erupting in a punk nurtured hostility, repeating the cycle with greater imagination and psychosis. At every turn the track twists into unexpected escapades increasing its magnetism every step of the way.

Continuing the great multi-textured web of sounds within the album, A Place To End embraces Latin/mariachi hues to its Koffin Kats spiced uproar while the following Dead N’ Proud howls like a psychobilly inspired Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13. In turn the simply superb STOMP! Cockroaches stamps around with a great Demented Are Go inspired irritability, these three alone showing the broad landscape of sound within the Motel Transylvania bloodlust.

I Wanna Be Your Ghoul completes the release, the song another psychobilly nurtured tempting under sweltering skies; gallows rock which has the body swinging as firmly as the cadaverous romance it shares.

It is a fine end to a record which certainly pleased and had praise leaving lips on the first listen but has blossomed to far greater heights and persuasion with every subsequent venture through its sonic charnel house.

The Motel Transylvania album is out now through Undead Artists and Archetype Records.

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 Pete RingMaster 15/11/2018

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Incendiary beginnings: introducing Blast Bomb

This past December saw the release of the debut single from German rockers Blast Bomb, a band with friend of The RingMaster Review and owner of the great independent label Undead Artists, Johnny Rose as its vocalist. The whole of the band though has a pedigree which matches their passion and craft, all in potent evidence within Born To Lose. With thanks to the whole band we grabbed the chance to find out more about Blast Bomb and their first single…

 

Hello guys and big thanks for taking time to chat with us.

Kein Problem, Danke fur dein helfen!

Can you first introduce the band?

Johnny: Singer

Torben: Guitar

Klaus: Guitar

Kai: Bass

Tobi: Drums

When did the band come together and what are your individual musical histories before Blast Bomb?

Torben – The Band comes together in the beginning of 2017 (January). I make music together with Tobi since school. Must be since 1995 or something like that, a long time. Klaus always says we know each other so well if someone does a fart the other reacts from the music view. Our first real band was High Gain District. A few years ago I played together with Klaus at Skull Harvest, so there comes the connection.

Kai: Skull Harvest 1999 – 2005 / Spezialangriff 2010 – 2012 / This One Goes To Eleven 2006 – 2016

Johnny – Torben and Tobi played together in bands for many years! Torben and Klaus played together in bands for many years….. Kai, Torben and Klaus played in bands together for many years…. are you sensing a pattern????

We already know Johnny from his exploits with Thirteen Shots and his label Undead Artists, how did you Johnny meet the rest of the band and what sparked your addition to its line-up?

Torben – the band posted an advertisement on a local band platform that they are searching a singer. At the same time Johnny makes a post that he searches for a band. So he receives the handy recordings from the last practice and in the next weeks some rehearsals was arranged. The rest is history…

Johnny – The guys have all been friends and playing music together for many years, ok in different bands but that chemistry was very obvious for me from hearing the live demo’s, so I was delighted when I got the chance to audition…..

Was there a deliberate direction you wanted to take Blast Bomb or has that and your sound just organically come together?

Torben – The sound comes automatically together from the single members. So we formed our own sound, every member of the band has his influences. Tobi has a Jazz and Alternative background, Kai has a stoner source, Klaus comes from Metal, Torben is more Rock orientated and Johnny …

Johnny – My music taste is superb! Who doesn’t love Chris De Burgh???

Torben – But all members are very open to ALL kinds of music, they have the same opinion about music … If it is good, it is good!!!

How would you describe the band’s sound to newcomers?

Torben – The band sound is something between Punk Rock, Rock, Metal, Stoner and Alternative… The term Crossover is a bit dusted but could maybe fit in another context than in the 90’s.

Johnny – I think the sound is more Punk ‘N’ Roll, we are certainly a crossover but we have this raw energy that runs through every song…..that to me is Punk ‘N’ Roll. But we need you guys to help us?? Who are we? What are we? haha

Can you give a flavour of some of the inspirations which may have made an impact on the band but certainly on your personal tastes and approach to making music?

Johnny -Well for me The Beatles, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd are my biggest influences! But the older Crossover punk bands are the reason I make the music I do…Misfits, Amen, Snot, Turbonegro. I am fascinated by concept bands too, something I would love day love to try, I like the attention to detail in the concepts.

Torben- Guns N Roses (Appetite For Destruction and Lies, when the Illusions came out I throw everything in the garbage), Pantera , Rage against the Machine, Suicidal Tendencies, Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Klaus- My First contact with Rock was Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath; I found the records from my stepfather. But later I found love for grunge Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden… I am also a big fan of Elvis, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis

Torben – Klaus ALSO LOVES Judas Priest and Iron Maiden…

Kai – Don’t forget Adriano Celentano Klaus

Klaus-oh and Jimi Hendrix….

Kai- For me its 80s Metal and Bay-Area Thrash to Stoner bands and the explosive Scandinavian Rock scene in the 90s; there’s too many to mention…

Tobi -NO MEANS NO, Primus, NO MEANS NO and of course NO MEANS NO

You have just released your debut single, Born To Lose; a three track feral punk ‘n’ roll attack showing creative irritability, ferocity, and attitude. It also reveals the variety of flavours in your sound. Is the single a full echo of your music or a teaser to an even broader tapestry?

Torben – It’s more a teaser, the band just in the forming process of their own style. The band creates a dozen songs since January; all have the same direction but are very different. The direction is forward …

Johnny – Absolutely, we are still finding our direction, The songs we are writing have so much power and purpose.  Born To Lose felt like the correct single to record as it was the first song I heard and realised I wanted to join this band; I actually wrote the lyrics on the train to my audition, not much has changed from my original lyric idea!

We all work together to encourage us to achieve our best.  Wait till you hear the full length

Can you give us a look into its themes?

Torben – Just wait for the Long Player… Till then we fix our sound…

Johnny – We keep working, Writing, Fine tuning, maybe we won’t rush the full length, better to focus on quality. We only want to put out the best, we are not kids anymore!

I assume you have a host of other songs in your arsenal. What was it about that trio which you felt made the best introduction to the band to the world?

Torben – We thought that it was a good idea to give a wide selection of our sound and don’t pick the most equal sounds.

Johnny – Yes we always knew that Maiden Hero and Born To Lose [would be on it] but we was unsure on the third option, we had another song in mind, But we played a show two days before we recorded and the feedback from friends and people at the gig made us re-think the third option…. that’s why we chose You’re Going Down… it was chosen kinda by fans.

The single is released through Italian label Archetype Records; how did that link up come about?

Torben – It just a friendship, so we help them and they help us. So it was a good opportunity for all of us.

Johnny – Yes these guys are trying to build something unique, we are trying the same, felt like a good agreement

On the live side of the band, you have already been successful supports to the likes of Honeymoon Disease, Conan, and Monolord, earning plaudits at the same time. When starting out did you suspect your sound would make a potent fit with bands and audiences of different genres?

Torben – No not really but we hope regarding our different sources and it seems that the idea works out well.

Johnny – To be honest I was incredibly nervous playing the show with Conan and Monolord. We are in NO WAY doomy but the crowd was more open than I expected, we got a really positive reception. We didn’t change our approach for the show so to see these doom fans getting down to some punk rock was quite amusing for me….

From the outside, The Hamburg music scene seems to be boiling up, how is it on the inside?

Torben – Curse and blessing at the same time. In Hamburg the scene is really big, so you can catch up a lot of influences. Furthermore you have the option to see a lot of bands, local and international, in the small and big clubs.

But regarding that it is hard to get a good gig and bring the people to the concerts. In Hamburg you can go to minimum 5 concerts every day. So it’s hard to get notified by the people but that makes us proud that we get that attention only after the first shows.

Johnny – Yes we just played our first headline show and the venue was pretty much sold out, it was certainly cosy. The Conan and Monolord show was just outside Hamburg, a Tuesday night and SOLD OUT… that to me was crazy.

I lose a lot of money a month in going to gigs, Some fantastic local bands too, in so many different styles.

What is next for Blast Bomb?

Torben – To rule the world 😉 …We are planning our first Italian tour, during the summer we want to play a few festivals and still searching for a good support slot. Furthermore we are looking to Johnny’s homeland to get a few shows there.

During the next year we want to do some more recordings, we think about a few small releases, nowadays we have no need to bring out a whole record… We bomb the world with a lot of, lot of small releases.

Johnny – haha Blast Bomb the world…..it will be explosive

Again many thanks for sharing your time; any last words you would like to add?

Torben – Better be aware the next bomb could be next to you …

Check out our review of Born To Lose @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/blast-bomb-born-to-lose/

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Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 10/01/2017

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Blast Bomb – Born To Lose

There is a new uncompromising bruiser in town and it goes by the name of Blast Bomb. The first week of December sees the Hamburg outfit release their debut single Born To Lose; three tracks of rousing feral  punk ‘n’ roll that take no prisoners whilst stirring up defiance fuelled, attitude loaded involvement.

Blast Bomb rose up earlier this year from the presumable demise of underground bands High Gain District and Skull Harvest. Its line-up was subsequently completed by ex-Thirteen Shots vocalist and founder of independent label Undead Artists, Johnny Rose. Having moved to Hamburg from his native Birmingham in the UK, Johnny has introduced a host of great garage and horror punk bands to new ears though his label but it would not be too wrong to say that his old band has been missed by a great many so anticipation for this first Blast Bomb encounter is broad and eager. Listening to it, it almost feels like a match destined to be, Johnny’s untamed but fiercely magnetic tones an instinctive union with the sounds unleashed by guitarists Torben and Klaus, bassist Kai, and drummer Tobi.

Since emerging, Blast Bomb has earned strong support and plaudits through supporting Honeymoon Disease, Conan, and Monolord. We called their sound feral punk ‘n’ roll but it is easy to understand how they went down well with the audiences at those band’s shows as it has a definite dark stoner/sludge punk essence to its uncompromising but infectious trespass. Released through Italian label Archetype Records, Born To Lose is ripe with this voracious sound and is sure to nudge the European rock scene to their presence.

The single opens with its title track, a sonic wire drawing in the combined thrust of vocals and sound with rhythms directing the charge with their own creative agitation. It is a riot in the ears though imposing but one composed and direct in its targets as hooks and riffs crowd the great earthy moan of the bass. Group participation further ignites the anthemic rock ‘n’ roll of the chorus while tendrils of fiery guitar intensify the heat even if not hanging around long enough for personal pleasure. Like a dirtier punk Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, band and track has the body bouncing and middle finger quivering as it gets things off to a great start.

As potent as it is, these ears took to its companions even more eagerly, You’re Going Down being first up. Its initial melodic hook is instantly a greed poking lure, even more so when an additional groove of guitar and the moody grumble of the bass join in. Once hitting its antagonistic stride, the track uncages a grungier hue to its bracing and abrasive roar proceeding to holler and blaze with creative irritability around a virulent web of hooks.

Things only get even more compelling as Maiden Hero closes things up. That stoner spicing is far more to the fore as grooves entangle ears and appetite, their flirtatious fingering lingering bait as the song’s punk heart erupts then flaring up themselves again and again across the incendiary landscape. The single’s finale is a scorching slab of rock ‘n’ roll, reason alone to check out Blast Bomb and sure to be a major spark to a great many to get involved in the band’s ear grabbing emergence.

Born To Lose is released December 6th via Archetype Records.

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Pete RingMaster 01/12/2017

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