Friday, 28 August 2020

Album Review: U.D.O. Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr - We Are One



01. Pandemonium
02. We Are One
03. Love And Sin
04. Future Is The Reason Why
05. Children Of The World
06. Blindfold (The Last Defender)
07. Blackout
08. Mother Earth
09. Rebel Town
10. Natural Forces
11. Neon Diamond
12. Beyond Gravity
13. Here We Go Again
14. We Strike Back
15. Beyond Good And Evil
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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Movie Review: UNCLE PECKERHEAD (2020)

 

Now this is fun! I only found out that this film existed yesterday, and had to watch it ASAP.  Uncle Peckerhead is about a Punk band called Duh who need to go on tour but no longer have a van. They encounter a man called Peckerhead who offers to drive them around in his van and roadie for them. There is one snag. At midnight he transforms into a blood-thirsty flesh-eating monster.

There's a lot of humour in Uncle Peckerhead that musicians will relate to, for example dickhead promoters, and artists who think they're geniuses and better than everyone else, but are actually a bit crap. Naturally, these fuckers all get what's coming to them!

What I think really makes this movie is the chemistry between the three band members, and plenty of witty dialogue. It's all fairly light-hearted, and delivers plenty of gore throughout. It's well paced and doesn't drag at all, regularly bringing in new characters and fresh situations that they get themselves into. The acting is excellent and the effects are impressive too, making this B-Movie even more enjoyable, and the likelihood of it becoming a cult classic very high indeed.

When all's said and done, I loved Uncle Peckerhead. The fact that there are people out there making movies like this gives me a warm glow and restores my faith in humanity.


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Monday, 24 August 2020

Album Review: CREEPER - Sex, Death & The Infinite Void




01. Hallelujah!
02. Be My End
03. Born Cold
04. Cyanide
05. Celestial Violence
06. Annabelle
07. Paradise
08. Poisoned Heart
09. Thorns Of Love
10. Four Years Ago
11. Holy War
12. Napalm Girls
13. The Crown Of Life
14. Black Moon
15. All My Friends
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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Movie Review: CLOWNFACE (2019)

 


OK, so I'm a bit biased when it comes to this slasher movie. I helped on set for a day, my band Lesbian Bed Death (well, the line-up at the time) wrote and recorded a song for the soundtrack (check out the music video here), and I'm also in it briefly. That's a few things ticked off my bucket list right there!

Clownface is a slasher movie directed by Alex Bourne and produced by Mark Adams of Hellbound Media. It was first shown at some film festivals last year, and has finally been picked up by a distribution company and was released in North America on the 18th August 2020. Hopefully a release date for the rest of the world will follow shortly.

Despite being filmed on a micro-budget, the talented team behind Clownface have made something that not only looks amazing, but feels like a real movie. I don't mean that in a patronising way, but we've all seen low budget Horror films that are complete shit, and the market is saturated with them. They look cheap, the acting is dire, and the storyline is usually disjointed, badly paced and unrewarding. Fortunately, Clownface doesn't suffer from any of those things, avoiding the usual amateur pitfalls like a skilful ballerina, coming out the other end as a compelling and professional beast of a Horror movie.

SPOILERS AHEAD

The story revolves around a masked killer who kills people for no clear reason and appears to have a thing for abducting women. One thing I love about this movie is that we never find much out about our villain. Back stories often ruin characters like this, and crazed killers are usually scarier when we don't know their motives and the story doesn't humanise them. Let's be honest here. Most of us watch movies like this to root for the bad guy as he hacks and chops his way through the cast!

Anyway, Clownface attacks a young couple, kills the guy and takes his girlfriend, Zoe, back to his lair. Most of the movie is set a year after this, and we see how their friends are coping with Zoe's disappearance. There's also a young man in town who is onto the urban legend and is hunting the man behind the murders. Anyway, Clownface also re-appears on the local scene around the same time and goes on a killing spree. I'm not sure what he was up to for the last twelve months, other than playing captor, but he's back on the rampage. That's the gist of the story without giving too much away, and I wouldn't want it any more complicated than that. Slashers thrive in simplicity.

Clownface the movie seems to be quite heavily influenced by Halloween. The main-man's mask made of human skin is blatently a nod to Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the scenes in the lair with his prisoner have an air of Silence of the Lambs about them. This movie certainly draws from all of the right places without coming across as a 'rip-off', which is an achievement in itself.

The character Clownface looks ace. This is important, because if you want to create an iconic slasher, he needs to look badass, and he certainly does. The kills are pretty good too. There is a great face-removal, and an axe-to-the-head that 'hits the spot', amongst others. On a tiny budget, there will always be limitations, but there's enough gore here to satisfy most blood-thirsty Horror fans.

When all is considered, Clownface is a solid slasher film with plenty of enjoyable moments, and has given us a new icon to dress up as at Halloween. I think it's important to emphasise that, considering the micro-budget, the overall quality of this film is a massive achievement and everyone involved should be very proud. All we need now is some big company like Blumhouse to bankroll a sequel!


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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Album Review: GREY DAZE - Amends

Grey Daze - Amends

01. Sickness
02. Sometimes
03. What's In The Eye
04. The Syndrome
05. In Time
06. Just Like Heroin
07. B12
08. Soul Song
09. Morei Sky
10. She Shines
11. Shouting Out
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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Album Review: BUSH - The Kingdom

Bush - The Kingdom


01. Flowers On A Grave
02. The Kingdom
03. Bullet Holes
04. Ghosts In The Machine
05. Blood River
06. Quicksand
07. Send In The Clowns
08. Undone
09. Our Time Will Come
10. Crossroads
11. Words Are Not Impediments
12. Falling Away
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Monday, 17 August 2020

EP Review: HALESTORM - Reimagined


01. I Get Off
02. Miss The Misery
03. I Am The Fire
04. Break In (featuring Amy Lee)
05. I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton cover)
06. Mz. Hyde

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Friday, 31 July 2020

Album Review: ALESTORM - Curse Of The Crystal Coconut

Alestorm - Curse Of The Crystal Coconut

01. Treasure Chest Party Quest
02. Fannybaws
03. Chomp Chomp” (Featuring Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns)
04. Tortuga” (Geaturing Captain Yarrface)
05. Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship” (Featuring Patty Gurdy)
06. Call of the Waves
07. Pirate’s Scorn
08. Shit Boat (No Fans)
09. Pirate Metal Drinking Crew
10. Wooden Leg Pt. 2 (The Woodening) (Featuring Daiki Tatsuguchi, Kaelhakase and Fernando Rey)
11. Henry Martin

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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Album Review: LAMB OF GOD - Lamb of God

Lamb of God - Lamb of God


01. Memento Mori
02. Checkmate
03. Gears
04. Reality Bath
05. New Colossal Hate
06. Resurrection Man
07. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
08. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
09. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook
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Monday, 27 July 2020

Album Review: PRIMAL FEAR - Metal Commando




01. I Am Alive
02. Along Came The Devil
03. Halo
04. Hear Me Calling
05. The Lost & The Forgotten
06. My Name Is Fear
07. I Will Be Gone
08. Raise Your Fists
09. Howl Of The Banshee
10. Afterlife
11. Infinity

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Sunday, 26 July 2020

Album Review: HÄXAN - White Noise

Häxan - White Noise


01. Damned If You Do
02. Killing Time
03. Nine Lives
04. Grave Digger
05. Louder Than Words
06. Black Sheep
07. Crash And Burn
08. Skeletons
09. Living Dead

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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Album Review: HANK VON HELL - Dead

Hank Von Hell - Dead


01. Ad Conteram Incantatores
02. Dead
03. Danger Danger!
04. Blackened Eyes
05. Disco
06. Crown
07. Radio Shadow
08. Video Et Taceo (Interlude)
09. Velvet Hell
10. Forever Animal
11. Am I Wrong
12. 13 In 1
13. Requiem For An Emperor

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Album Review: SORCERER - Lamenting Of The Innocent




01. Persecution (Intro)
02. The Hammer of Witches
03. Lamenting of the Innocent
04. Institoris
05. Where Spirits Die
06. Deliverance (feat. Johan Langqvist)
07. Age of the Damned
08. Condemned
09. Dance with the Devil
10. Path to Perdition

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Album Review: THE OTHER - Haunted

The Other - Haunted


01. Mark of the Devil
02. We're All Dead
03. Turn It Louder
04. Dead to You - Dead to Me
05. Was uns zerstort
06. On My Skin
07. 1408 & 217
08. Vampire Girl
09. Absolution
10. Fading Away
11. Creepy Crawling
12. To Hell and Back
13. The Silence After the First Snow 
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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Album Review: XIBALBA - Años en infierno

Xibalba - Años en infierno

01. La Injusticia
02. Corredor de la Muerte
03. Santa Muerte
04. Saka
05. Años En Infierno
06. En la Oscuridad
07. El Abismo I
08. EL Abismo II#
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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Album Review: BEAUTY IN CHAOS - The Storm Before The Calm

Beauty In Chaos - The Storm Before The Calm



01. The Outside [ft. Ashton Nyte]
02. Almost Pure [ft. Steven Seibold] (Hate Dept./ Pigface) 
03. Temple of Desire [ft. Rafe Pearlman]
04. A Kind Cruelty [ft. Curse Mackey]
05. The Delicate Balance of All Things [ft. Wayne Hussey]
06. Stranger ft. [Kat Leon] (Holy Wars)
07. The Storm Before The Calm [ft. Adrienne LaVey] (CD & Digital formats only)

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Monday, 18 May 2020

Album Review: SHE HATES EMOTIONS - Melancholic Maniac

She Hates Emotions - Melancholic Maniac


01. She's A Dreamer (Intro)
02. Edge Of The Night
03. City Lights
04. The Final Dance
05. See The Light
06. Leaving
07. Cry Wolf
08. Ghosttown
09. Turn Back The Time
10. In Your Arms
11. Don't Leave Me
12. LIEBEN (Bonus track)

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Friday, 15 May 2020

Album Review: PARADISE LOST - Obsidian

Paradise Lost - Obsidian



01. Darker Thoughts
02. Fall From Grace
03. Ghosts
04. The Devil Embraced
05. Forsaken
06. Serenity
07. Ending Days
08. Hope Dies Young
09. Ravenghast
10. Hear The Night (Bonus track)
11. Defiler (Bonus track)

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Album Review: DEVILSKIN - RED

Devilskin - Red

01. Do You See Birds
02. All Fall Down
03. Corrode
04. Eyes Red Heavy
05. Same Life
06. The Victor
07. Blood & Bone
08. Endo
09. Bright Lights
10. Sweet Release
11. Be Like The River
12. Everybody's High But Me

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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Album Review: TRIVIUM - What The Dead Men Say

Trivium - What The Dead Men Say


01. IX
02. What The Dead Men Say
03. Catastrophist
04. Amongst The Shadows & The Stones
05. Bleed Into Me
06. The Defiant
07. Sickness Unto You
08. Scattering The Ashes
09. Bending The Arc To Fear
10. The Ones We Leave Behind

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Album Review: DYNAZTY - The Dark Delight




01. Presence Of Mind
02. Paradise Of The Architect
03. The Black
04. From Sound To Silence
05. Hologram
06. Heartless Madness
07. Waterfall
08. Threading The Needle
09. The Man And The Elements
10. Apex
11. The Road To Redemption
12. The Dark Delight
13. The Shoulder Devil (Bonus Track)
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Monday, 4 May 2020

Album Review: NIGHTWISH - Human. :II: Nature.

Nightwish - Human. :II: Nature.

Disc 1:

01. Music
02. Noise
03. Shoemaker
04. Harvest
05. Pan
06. How's The Heart?
07. Procession
08. Tribal
09. Endlessness

Disc 2:

01. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Vista
02. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Blue
03. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Green
04. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Moors
05. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Aurorae
06. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Quiet As The Snow
07. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Anthropocene (incl. "Hurrian Hymn To Nikkal")
08. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Ad Astra

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

EP Review: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Atonement II B-Sides for Charity

Killswitch Engage - Atonement II B-Sides for Charity


01. To The Great Beyond
02. Hollow Convictions
03. Killing Of Leviathan
04. No Devotion
05. I Feel Alive Again
06. Prophets Of Treason
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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Movie Review: THE HUNT (2020)

The Hunt


I saw a trailer for The Hunt a while back, so I thought I'd check it out. After all, it's a Blumhouse production, and that normally means it's going to be good (OK, aside from the new Black Christmas and a handful of other turkeys).

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)



The wonderfully titled Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a DC Universe movie set in the same world as Suicide Squad, Justice League etc. With last year's stand-alone Joker movie, this can all be a bit confusing for the passing viewer. With more misses than hits, I can see the DC Movie Universe being split up even further in an attempt to tidy up the mistakes and catch up with Marvel. My prediction is that some DC movies will be swept under the carpet as though they never happened. I think Green Lantern may be under there already.

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn debuted in the much-maligned Suicide Squad, and she was easily the best thing about that movie. I actually liked it for the most part, but I wanted to enjoy it more than I actually did. It felt like a missed opportunity, especially when it came to Jared Leto's Joker. I'm not a total hater. I think that version of the Joker worked more with the tone of the movie than the darker interpretations that fans have come to love would have done. The thing that really pissed me off was the relationship between Harley and Joker. Remember Joker jumping after her into that vat of chemicals? As if he'd have done that. In the source material (clever way of saying comics), he's a psycho who uses and abuses Harley and doesn't care about her at all. This would have made for some interesting angles in the film, instead of the Bonnie and Clyde love story they went with. Anyway, I've moved on from that. I'm also trying to erase Batfleck from my mind too.

Birds Of Prey is a huge improvement on Suicide Squad in every way. The movie focusses on Harley and her life after she breaks up with the Joker. Now she no longer has his protection, the vast number of enemies she has made along the way are all out for revenge.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Jared Leto's Joker isn't in the film, not even for a flashback. Thank fuck for that. Now, let's continue.

Birds Of Prey is filmed like many of those Tarantino-esque films, where the main character narrates to the audience, characters get introduced, and the timeline jumps around. It works really well for this film, as it gives it a light-hearted gangster style vibe, like 'supervillans-meets-Snatch'.

Of all of the villains out to get Harley, the biggest problem for her is the crime-boss The Black Mask, played by Ewan McGregor. Harley makes a deal to keep herself alive by volunteering to return a missing diamond. The diamond had been stolen by a young pickpocket who swallowed it to keep itself. To spice things up, The Black Mask put a bounty on her head, so every villain in Gotham is out to get her at the same time as Harley. Naturally, Harley ends up trying to keep her alive and protects her from the bounty hunters. That's the crux of the story anyway.

We're also introduced to Black Canary, The Huntress, and Detective Renee Montoya who form the crime fighting team Birds Of Prey at the end of the movie.

Casting Ewan McGregor as the villain was a smart move. His performance, along with Margot Robbie's lifts this movie into being something really special.

Birds Of Prey is packed with action, comedy, witty dialogue, and plenty of creativity. The pacing is great too ensuring that there are no dull moments. It's a fun popcorn supervillain movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.

DC has put out some disappointing crap over the last few years, but Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn may have saved the day. She's awesome and I enjoyed this movie way more than Aquaman, Justice League (read my review here) and even the surprisingly good Shazam. I'm looking forward to the upcoming James Gunn directed Suicide Squad sequel even more now.



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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Album Review: WITCHSKULL - A Driftwood Cross

Witchskull - A Driftwood Cross


01. Black Cathedrals
02. Baphomet's Child
03. The Silent Place
04. The Red Altar
05. Dresden
06. March Of Winter
07. Nero Order
08. A Driftwood Cross

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Thursday, 23 April 2020

Album Review: DANZIG - Danzig Sings Elvis



01. Is It So Strange
02. One Night
03. Lonely Blue Boy
04. First In Line
05. Baby Let's Play House
06. Love Me
07. Pocket Full Of Rainbows
08. Fever
09. When It Rains It Really Pours
10. Always On My Mind
11. Loving Arms
12. Like A Baby
13. Girl Of My Best Friend
14. Young And Beautiful
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Monday, 20 April 2020

Album Review: BONFIRE - Fistful Of Fire

Bonfire - Fistful Of Fire


01. The Joker
02. Gotta Get Away
03. The Devil Made Me Do it
04. Ride The Blade
05. When An Old Man Cries
06. Rock 'N' Roll Survivors
07. Fire And Ice
08. Warrior
09. Fire Etude
10. Breaking Out
11. A Fistful Of Fire
12. The Surge
13. Gloryland
14. When An Old Man Cries (Acoustic version)

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Album Review: LUCIFER - Lucifer III

Lucifer III



01. Ghosts
02. Midnight Phantom
03. Leather Demon
04. Lucifer
05. Pacific Blues
06. Coffin Fever
07. Flanked by Snakes
08. Stay Astray
09. Cemetery Eyes
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Friday, 17 April 2020

Movie Review: CHILD'S PLAY (2019)


I missed this one at the cinema last year, but it's now out on DVD and Blu Ray. I think it's currently on Netflix too. 
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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Album Review: TOMORROW IS LOST - Therapy

Tomorrow Is Lost - Therapy


01. Intro
02. Wildchild
03. Smile
04. White Noise
05. Self Destruct
06. Black And Blue
07. Hideaway
08. Too Young To Know
09. Electric
10. Pause Rewind
11. Therapy

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Movie Review: WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (2019)



We Summon The Darkness is a Horror-Comedy set in 1988 about a group of teenage girls, Heavy Metal and Satanic ritualistic murder. It had a very limited release in 2019, but became available worldwide in April 2020. Oh, and Johnny Knoxville is in it too. If that isn't enough to warrant giving this movie a go, I don't know what is.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Movie Review: THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE (2019)

The Banana Splits Movie


Do you remember the kids' show The Banana Splits? It's well before my time as it was at it's most popular in the late 60's, but I'm sure I saw re-runs when I was little. It's certainly one of those shows that has entered pop culture. Anyway, the company that has aquired the rights to the show has made a Horror move based on it. I'm sure that this has pissed off plenty of humourless boomers, which only adds to my enjoyment.

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Monday, 13 April 2020

Album Review: SEMBLANT - Obscura

Semblant - Obscura


01. Murder Of Crows
02. Left Behind
03. Dethrone The Gods, Control The Masters (Legacy Of Blood Pt. IV)
04. Mere Shadow
05. Porcelain
06. The Hunter, The Hunger (Legacy Of Blood Pt. V)
07. Wasteland
08. Barely Breathing
09. Wallachia
10. Daydream Tragedy
11. Insomnia

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Album Review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - Aeromantic

The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic


01. Servants Of The Air
02. Divinyls
03. If Tonight Is Our Only Chance
04. This Boy's Last Summer
05. Curves
06. Transmissions
07. Aeromantic
08. Golden Swansdown
09. Taurus
10. Carmencita Seven
11. Sister Mercurial
12. Dead Of Winter

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Saturday, 11 April 2020

Album Review: DELAIN - Apocalypse & Chill

Delain - Apocalype & Chill


01. One Second
02. We Had Everything
03. Chemical Redemption
04. Burning Bridges
05. Vengeance (Feat.Yannis Papadopoulos)
06. To Live Is To Die
07. Let's Dance
08. Creatures
09. Ghost House Heart
10. Masters Of Destiny
11. Legions Of The Lost
12. The Greatest Escape
13. Combustion

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Friday, 10 April 2020

Movie Review: VEROTIKA (2019)



Verotika is the first movie to be directed by Glenn Danzig and is based on his Horror comics of the same name. Being a big fan of Danzig's music, solo and Misfits, I've been interested in checking this out.

Since Verotika's extremely limited cinema release last year, I've read many reviews and most of them said the same thing. It's a badly written, badly acted set of short stories that go nowhere, but are entertaining for all the wrong reasons. As you may know, I'm a big Horror fan, and almost every movie that I love has been panned by the critics, so I've been keeping an open mind.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Having finally seen it, I understand where the reviewers were coming from. However, I found myself quite enjoying it in a few places, but disappointed for the most part. Verotika is certainly very different to everything else out there, and in that way it's undeniably refreshing. However, regardless of how entertaining it may or may not be, there's no getting away from the fact that it's a car crash.

The cast is mostly female and I'd guess that the majority of them, if not all, are predominantly porn stars or strippers. I know how misogynistic that sounds, but I'll be surprised if you disagree with me on this after seeing the film. The acting is as amateur as it gets, and the gratuitous nudity is relentless. 

The whole thing is very low budget. That dreadful font at the start rang alarm bells. There's some CGI here and there and it's poor, like the kind you see in £1 DVDs of movies shot in the 90's.

It starts with a short scene introducing Morella who is like the Crypt Keeper of the movie. She kicks off the film by poking out someone's eyes, before presenting the first instalment of Verotika. Arguably she's the best character in the movie, and is played by the most convincing actress too. She's wearing one of those tops where you can see her boobs, but I'm sure it's because the character is empowered or something.

The Albino Spider of Dajette is a strange story. It starts off with a young couple getting it on, but the woman, who incidentally has had so much plastic surgery she looks a bit like a fish, gets upset when her lover tries to take her top off. He's a bit of a knob and rips it off anyway, and sees that she has extra eyes where her nipples should be. Disgusted by this, he storms off. Upset by his insensitivity, she starts to cry from her tits. Some of the tears drop onto a spider, and now this spider turns into a giant spider dude whenever she falls asleep. Are you still with me?

Oh, before I forget, all of the 'actors' have extremely unconvincing French accents. Anyway, the spider dude kills one of the woman's friends before going outside. He then tells a prostitute that he wants to "fuck her in the ass" before breaking her neck. The woman from the start goes to a cinema showing a sex film, where she falls asleep and some men start touching her up. She wakes up and leaves. Why the fuck did she go there, especially when she was so tired and her mate had just been murdered? Don't know. Eventually, she goes home, phones the police, and overdoses on tablets. The police turn up, find her body and see the spider dude standing over her and shoot the fucker.

Prior to shooting him, one of the police officers shouts at the Spider guy to get his hands off her neck, even though she's on the floor and his hands are nowhere near her. It's as though the script doesn't fit what's actually happening. This kind of poor directing is rife throughout, sadly.

The story was flawed, the acting was shit, the dialogue was ropey, and the special effects were cheap. Weirdly enough, I quite enjoyed it. I'm still trying to work out why. I think it's partly because Danzig is trying something that should need a way bigger budget and isn't allowing himself to be restricted by that. His imagination is running wild, and if he wants a demonic, neck-breaking, over-sexed spider dude, God-damn it, he's going to have one!

Change of Face is the second story and is about a woman who cuts off other women's faces and wears them to cover up her own brutally scarred visage. The dialogue is even more unbelievable and silly in this one! The killer, known as Mystery Girl, also works in a strip club. Thinking about it, most of this segment of Verotika is just footage of lap dancers doing their thing. And yes, one of them does pole-dance to a Danzig song. Back to the story, a rude cartoonish police man is hot on the trail of the murderess. He ends up at the club and follows her into a dark room. She creeps up behind him and cuts his face before disappearing, leaving him shouting about how he's going to "get her".

Six months later, the murderess we've come to know as Mystery Girl is doing the same job, but now is being introduced under the name Mysteria. I assume it's supposed to be a different club in a different city, although it looks like it was filmed at the same place. And that's it. There's no twist and no real ending. I was hoping for a pay-off, but I feel as empty as one of those guys who's thrown hundreds of dollars at a dancer then just went home.

Drukija Contessa of Blood is the final story, if you can call it that. It's basically a take on the myth of Countess Bathory bathing in the blood of virgins. We see Drukija buying a peasant girl off her mother and taking her back to her castle. There are loads of other girls there, all in robes and seeming unconcerned about their predicament. We then cut to a scene where the peasant girl is bled out over a gothic-looking bath, and Drukija takes her sweet time bathing and licking the blood from her victims' arms. Another girl is dragged in and has her throat slit, spurting blood into Drukija's face and into the already full bath. What was the point of that? There's blood everywhere anyway, you wasteful drama queen! Anyway, she kills a few more young girls, preens a lot, and at the end beheads a girl after telling her she's going to drink her blood. However, she walks off with her decapitated head, leaving all the blood to pour over the floor. The 'story' ends with her wandering into a room with loads of heads on the wall. She sits on a fancy looking chair and holds the head up whilst looking very pleased with herself.

So there we have it. No clever twists like in the Twilight Zone or Creepshow, just art student amateur Horror that doesn't make a huge amount of sense and leaves you feeling that Danzig missed more than a few tricks. Thinking about it, there were no tricks at all. No real character development, just shoddy sex and violence. The worst part isn't the extremely bad editing, but the unforgivable continuity errors that litter the movie. Was it laziness, ineptitude, or a lack of caring? My money is on ineptitude.

Glenn Danzig is known for his massive ego, and I can't imagine him hiring help with script writing or bringing on board anyone who could help him to bring his visions to life in a slicker, more professional way.

Despite the landslide of negative reviews Verotika has received, Danzig has already announced that he's working on his next movie. Unless he learns heavily from the criticism he has received and pulls some serious magic out of the bag (and some more money too), I can't see anyone but his most die-hard fans (including me) and a minority of very easily pleased Horror fans giving it any of their time.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Album Review: UNDERKING - Amongst The Dead + Ghosts Of The Past

Underking - Amongst The Dead + Ghosts Of The Past
Underking: Ghosts Of The Past (Left) and Amongst The Dead (Right)

Amongst The Dead

01. Exordium
02. Nothing But Bone
03. Deadman
04. The Way Of Man
05. Lowly Dog
06.  Lost Souls
07. Gravedigger

Ghosts Of The Past

01. Hexed
02. Underking
03. Fading Colour
04. Black Lungs
05. Chasing Ghosts
06. To My Death
07. Witch Hammer

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

EP Review: FREDDY SPERA - Temper



01. Temper
02. Summer's Walk
03. Treading Waters
04. Meanwhile
05. The End Of I
06. Rain

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Album Review: TESTAMENT - Titans Of Creation

Testament - Titans Of Creation

01. Children of the Next Level
02. WWIII
03. Dream Deceiver
04. Night of the Witch
05. City of Angels
06. Ishtar's Gate
07. Symptoms
08. False Prophet
09. The Healers
10. Code of Hammurabi
11. Curse of Osiris
12. Catacombs
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Thursday, 2 April 2020

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Album Review: IN THIS MOMENT - Mother

In This Moment - Mother



01. The Beginning (interlude)
02. Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band cover)
03. The Red Crusade (interlude)
04. The In-Between
05. Legacy
06. We Will Rock You (feat. Maria Brink, Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen) (Queen cover)
07. Mother
08. As Above So Below
09. Born In Flames
10. God Is She
11. Holy Man
12. Hunting Grounds (feat. Joe Cotela)
13. Lay Me Down
14. Into Dust (Mazzy Star cover)
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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Album Review: STITCHED UP HEART - Darkness

Stitched Up Heart - Darkness

01. Lost
02. This Skin
03. Problems
04. Warrior
05. Straitjacket
06. Dirty Secrets
07. Darkness
08. Bones
09. Dead Roses
10. Crooked Halo
11. My Demon

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Friday, 27 March 2020

Album Review: THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE - Diamonds

The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds


01. Enter
02. The Sky Will Turn
03. Diamonds
04. Run
05. Flashback
06. The Last Goodbye
07. Crush
08. Mirrors
09. Parallel World

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Album Review: BIFF BYFORD - School Of Hard Knocks

Biff Byford - School Of Hard Knocks

01. Welcome To The Show
02. School Of Hard Knocks
03. Inquisitor
04. The Pit And The Pendulum
05. Worlds Collide
06. Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
07. Pedal To The Metal
08. Hearts Of Steel
09. Throw Down The Sword
10. Me And You
11. Black And White
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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

EP Review: DOOMSDAY SUN - Cult Of Stasis

Doomsday Sun - Cult Of Stasis


01A. UKBC Radio Broadcast
01. Clean The Bones
02A. Stantech Advert
02 Cult Of Stasis
03A. Log 25-08-2119 #1
03. Husk Of The Augur
04A. Log 25-08-2119 #2
04. Bring Forth The Plague
05A. J Stantham Tape 
05. He Who Fights Monsters
06. Log 25-08-2119 #3


Doomsday Sun is a Sludge Metal band from Uttoxeter, and Cult Of Stasis is their second EP. It's an ambitious affair, being a concept piece about a story involving time travel and civil war. In their words:

"Cult of Stasis is the second EP by Doomsday Sun; a five-track offering that tells the story of Dr. Jeremy Stantham, an innovative medical scientist. Despairing at his country being torn apart by civil war, Dr. Stantham invents the time capsule; a device that preserves him in a nostalgia-fuelled stasis, but still has to deal with the consequences that a twenty-year slumber can result in"

OK, so before I delve into this opus, I have a small criticism straight off the bat. Most concept albums tell a story through the songs. Sometimes there is some spoken word dialogue which fills in the gaps and effectively glues the chapters together. Doomsday Sun have spoken word interludes between every track, and a couple of them are over a minute long. If you're listening to this EP from start-to-finish as concept records are supposed to be heard, it is quite off-puting and kills the flow. If there was one at the start, one after three songs and one at the end, it may have worked, but as it is, these interludes are too much and serve as an annoyance to skip past.

However, the actual songs are pretty good. I reckon they're quite heavily influenced by bands like Mastodon, Gojira and Neurosis, but they've ended up sounding a bit more like Fourwaykill, especially on the faster tracks like Husk Of The Augur. Incidentally, that's probably my favourite song on here, along with the title track, which has a huge filthy riff that would make Pepper Keenan proud.

Bring Forth The Plague is an accomplished Metal track that is more in the vein of Lamb Of God than the other tracks. It's as crushing as it is technically proficient.

Overall, Cult Of Stasis is a solid release. It has more diversity that your average Sludge Metal release, and enough attack to appeal to a more mainstream Metal audience. Despite my earlier criticism of the spoken tracks, I do think it's cool that they're trying something a little different and, dare I say, theatrical. A bit of imagination is what sets many a beloved band apart from the oceans of dudes with long hair 'playing Metal', so kudos to them for that.

The music is the key though, and there's enough quality heavy tuneage on this new EP for them to make an impact on the underground scene.




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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Album Review: AMBUSH - Infidel

Ambush - Infidel


01. Infidel
02. Yperite
03. Leave Them To Die
04. Hellbiter
05. The Summoning
06. The Demon Within
07. A Silent Killer
08. Iron Helm Of War
09. Heart Of Stone
10. Lust For Blood

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Album Review: PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - Fuctifano

Peter and the Test Tube Babies - Fuctifano

01. Liver's Lament
02. Facebook Loser
03. Hell to Pay
04. Cydrated
05. Saturday Dad
06. Gravy Train
07. Ain't Missing Her Yet
08. Wanker
09. Small Victories
10. Punched Awake
11. Tales of the Bleedin' Obvious
12. Screwed Down
13. Queen of Fucking Everything
14. Liver's Lament (Reprise)

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Album Review: DAVID REECE - Cacophony Of Souls

David Reece - Cacophony Of Souls


01. Chasing The Shadows
02. Blood On Our Hands
03. Judgement Day
04. Collective Anaesthesia
05. Cacophony Of Souls
06. Another Life Another Time
07. Metal Voice
08. Over And Over
09. Back In The Days
10. A Perfect World
11. Bleed
12. No Disguise

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