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

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.


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

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.


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!


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

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

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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