“Halloween Is Here” and “Pagan Holiday”, two great new albums to get you in the spirit!

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Just in time for Halloween, two of my favorite bands have just released great new freaky albums to get you excited for the holiday!

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First off, we have folk-punk weirdos Harley Poe, with their great new release “Pagan Holiday”.  This band reminds me of a more psychotic version of the Violent Femmes, and they have consistently produced some freaky horror folk since 2005.

HalloAccording to their official website, the the first seeds of Harley Poe were planted while singer-songwriter Joe Whiteford fronted the Christian band Calibretto 13, whose turn toward monster-themed songs ultimately pushed their label to drop them. More surprisingly, Whiteford does not view the break as disastrous. “There is no departure, no falling away or turning around,” Whiteford writes. “My art and music, whether it’s Calibretto or Harley Poe are all part of the same path. They all come from this heart and this mind.”

“Horror is a study of humanity’s fear of death and the unknown. It can be cathartic, just like Christianity, or any religion for that matter. Religion is a way for mankind to deal with the fear and inevitability of death. That’s ultimately what horror is; the fear of being killed.”

This great inventive band has just released a new Halloween-themed album with some gleefully dark songs for all of us horror fans.
The album gets off to an uncharacteristically metal intro and eases into the creepy folk we have come to expect from the band with the triple threat “Vengeance The Demon/ Close The Door/ Outcrowd”.
The second track, “Gorehound” was an instant favorite for me, a great tribute to all of us true horror film lovers. Followed by a great rendition of John Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme Song” and the epic tune “Pagan Holiday Parts 1, 2. and 3 : A Celebration / Dormant / Revenge”.
They next take on the Rolling Stone’s creepy classic “Paint It Black”, putting their own unique folksy spin on it, and close out the album with a very creepy collection of weirdness called “Terror Trippin’ 2″.
This album has been in constant rotation for me, and will be for the foreseeable future!
Have a listen on the Spotify player below, and be sure and get your copy here!

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And, if that weren’t enough, my old pal Lonesome Wyatt has given us another new classic for this and future Halloweens! The new album from Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks is a bit of a departure from his unique brand of haunting gothic country evidenced by his last album, and his work with Those Poor Bastards.
The new one “Halloween Is Here” is more of a throw-back to all those strange and obscure Halloween albums from the 1950s to the 1980s. It contains twelve spooky stories and monstrous sing-a-longs for your unholy holiday party at the local insane asylum.

1236966_10151877818696068_34088206_nIt all gets off to an appropriately spooky start with the intro “A Time That Never Was” and moves directly into a good old-fashioned campfire sing-along with the title track. Mr. Lonesome goes on to tell us stories about werewolves, mummies and ghosts throughout the album, all with a minimalist approach making the album a true weirdo delight.
The story of “The Giant Fist” is a favorite, and the hauntingly sad song “Such A Fright” are definite stand-outs, but the album is full of great creepy tunes and tales that are fun for all ages.

1071333_10151744353696068_14578118_oMr. Lonesome is a very creative independent musician I have been a big fan of for a long time now. Be sure and check out his other work, including his great first novel, The Terrible Tale Of Edgar Switchblade!
I had a brief chat with Mr. Lonesome, and he assured me that a new volume of Ol’ Edgar’s horrible adventures will be forthcoming this winter!

You can give the album a listen for free below via Spotify, and be sure and order your own copy, along with various shirts and buttons and other cool stuff right here!

Unfortunately, these cool vinyl editions are sold out.

Unfortunately, these cool vinyl editions are sold out.

 

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AFI – the band that just won’t quit.

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Today, the premiere for the new video “I Hope You Suffer” by AFI came out. This song has officially become my summer anthem. A lot of people will talk about how music seems to have a staple in their life and this new song has just really hit the nail on the head. Just coming out of a 2 year relationship with mixed emotions, it really has helped me put into words how I feel at the moment. But I’ve gotta admit, I’ve been in love with the band for awhile now and a lot of their songs have been a big part of the soundtrack to my life. They’ve churned out a lot of amazing hits and even though some of the newer albums were met with criticism, they still seem to find ways to amaze and please their fans. The band hails from Ukiah, California and have been together for nearly 22 years now. During that time, they have released eight studio albums, 10 EPs, one live album and one DVD.

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I’ll admit, I had never heard of the band until the video and song for “Miss Murder” came out. But once I heard them, I was hooked and did my research. That spawned a night long of video watching on Youtube where I learned that in the beginning, they had a totally different sound. Those who are hardcore fans will know what I mean when I talk about Answer That, Very Proud of Ya and Shut Your Mouth, which debuted between 1991 and 1998. It wasn’t until their sound took a darker turn that they gained mainstream success with albums like Sing the Sorrow and Decemberunderground. When the album Crash Love came out, I was stunned. The first song off the album was called “Medicate” and it really reminded me of what their earlier stuff. I was so hyped about the band returning with some new stuff. “Beautiful Thieves” was released soon afterwards and I loved the imagery in the video as most of AFI’s music wind up with great videos to go with their songs.

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afi-crash-loveThere’s been a lot of teasing and hinting towards a new album being released since the band’s website was replaced with a video of frontman Davey Havok walking down a corridor followed by a shot of the band together. The text said “A Fire Inside” which is what the acronym AFI stands for, following “September 2013″. I know that I am really excited about the new release and cannot wait to see what they future holds for this band.

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Great Halloween Costumes for the whole family.

 

“Came Back Haunted”, the new NIN video, directed by David Lynch!

00-nine_inch_nails-with_teeth2As we reported a few months ago here, Nine Inch Nails is poised to return, apparently more haunted than before…
Embedded below is the first video from the new album, “Came Back Haunted”, directed by David Lynch, complete with an epilepsy warning!
Check it out :

What did you guys think?
Leave some comments below.
The new album “Hesitation Marks” will be out September 3, and tickets for the tour are on sale now!

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Great Halloween Costumes for the whole family.

The first Black Sabbath album in 25 years with Ozzy on vocals! Listen here!

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums – Black Sabbath and Paranoid – marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

With their riff-based songs, extreme volume, and dark, demonic subject matter, Black Sabbath embodied key aspects of the heavy-metal aesthetic. Yet in their own words, Black Sabbath saw themselves as a “heavy underground” band. That term denoted both the intensity of their music and the network of fans who found them long before critics and the music industry took notice. In a sense, though they’ve sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, they still are a heavy underground band. Although they became eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, they weren’t inducted until 2006. The truth is, they remain one of the most misunderstood bands in rock history.

black sabbath 2013 660Now, for the first time in 25 years, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler have reunited to bring us a brand new Sabbath album, which you can listen to in it’s entirety below!

And the first video from the album, “God is Dead?”.
Check it out below!

Nice to see these guys back together again!
Be sure and follow the band on Facebook for updates and news about their upcoming tour!
Get your copy of the album here, and more from these heavy metal pioneers below!
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An awesomely horrific video to mark the release of Queens Of The Stone Age : Like Clockwork!

 

933911_10151443621741344_1309589823_nThis week saw the release of the new Queens Of The Stone Age album on Matador Records. “…Like Clockwork” features ten new tracks with that familiar QOTSA sound — the thudding bass and sinister guitar, fronted by Josh Homme’s monotone howl and dark-edged lyrics.
A must buy for fans, you can find the album for sale here, or stream the whole thing on Spotify below!

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Floating around Youtube for the past few weeks has been this animated work of art by an artist known only as Boneface. Featuring a selection of edited songs from “…Like Clockwork” and some haunting, beautifully hand-drawn imagery, this video is a must-see for all of us fans of the dark and strange.
Check it out right here :

I was very impressed by the artwork in this awesome video, so I haunted Boneface’s gallery for a bit, and check out the gems I found buried there!

15_helle15_cannibal15_blackopsiizombies115_blackopsiizombies215_beachhead215_thrillerBe sure and pick up the new Queens Of The Stone Age album …Like Clockwork and catch them on tour this summer!
Don’t forget to stop by Boneface’s Facebook page to stay updated about this fantastic artist!


Celebrate the birthday of Sir Christopher Lee with his new metal album!

526561_271924256224501_1230383855_nBorn in London in 1922 on this date, Sir Christopher Lee is a true icon of horror.
The list of his films goes on for miles, among them some of the most famous characters in movie history.
But, did you know that way back in 2010 he recorded an album inspired by First Holy Roman Emperor, King Charlemagne?
The album features 2 metal bands, a 100 piece orchestra and a number of guest vocalists playing the different roles in the story. Music was composed by Marco Sabiu.

248098_461243197292605_2096648893_nAnd today, to coincide with the birth of this legend, he has released the follow-up to the album. The new release is titled Charlemagne: Omens of Death and is available today by clicking the link!

Says Lee, “The first ‘Charlemagne’ album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic. Now on the second one, ‘The Omens Of Death’, it is 100% heavy metal. I’ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal. I’m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal.

Below is a brief interview/ trailer for the album :

And a track from the first Charlemagne album, titled “The Bloody Verdict Of Verden”.

Happy birthday, Sir!
And keep up the great work, especially the oddball stuff.
We love you.

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Listen to the unique musical stylings of RobotMonkeyArm!

933911_10151443621741344_1309589823_nLooking for some interesting new music to freak out to?
Well, look no further than Robotmonkeyarm!
The band describes their sound as “an anachronistic mix of aggressive instrumental surf music, punk, space age pop, garage, and soundtracks to 60’s spaghetti western & spy movies, with a dash of 50’s sci-fi and 70’s grindhouse films thrown in for good measure.”
Hints of Goblin, and a heavy dose of Mike Patton’s more esoteric work with Mr. Bungle and Fantomas come to mind while listening to these unique songs.
The band is championing the genre of “spaghetti-noir/surf-core” and independently distributing their sounds, which you can preview below, and find for purchase here on many formats for a very reasonable 3 bones!
Give these EP’s a listen and check out the band on Facebook for more news and updates!

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a3246032376_10I hope you guys enjoyed these trippy tunes as much as I did.
Be sure and send some love over to the boys at Robotmonkeyarm ; a little encouragement goes a long way. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
For some similar far-out sounds, be sure and check out the albums below.
Later, freaks!

Seven Strangers : Soundtrack Of The Dead

Nearly a year has passed since bodies of the recently dead began returning to life. The undead now outnumber human population by 400,000 to 1. The U.S. government has set up a team of military personnel and scientists in an underground military base to prolong the existence of the human race, and perhaps find a cause or cure for the phenomenon.

However, being trapped underground does strange things to people…

In a loving tribute to every true horror geeks’ favorite Romero film, Day Of The Dead, the band Seven Strangers has concocted a beautiful album full of original eerie tunes.
Cut in with some of the most memorable lines from the classic 1983 flick, and keeping right in step with the creepy synthesized soundtrack of the film, this new release should be in the collections of all of us horror fanatics!
Don’t believe me? Well, just give ‘er a listen right here!

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The band consists of two twisted fellas, named Tom Jenner and Barry Knob, who collaborated on the keyboards, drum, bass guitar and sampler to bring this slice of retro goodness to the masses.
With samples from Day Of The Dead, Tom Savini‘s NOTLD remake, and the original Dawn Of The Dead adding that authentic feel to their creepy creation, I say these guys have put together a great album that even Bub would get down to!

Seven Strangers are talented and creative, and going places!
I just found out that they are going to be scoring the upcoming film “Flowers For The Dead”, and have a whole slew of upcoming projects on their slate!
These are the kind of independent and passionate artists that we horror fans need to get behind and support!
I can’t wait to see what else they come up with in the future, and I will be listening to Soundtrack Of The Dead on repeat while I write, if WordPress ever stops giving me fits…

Be sure and check out Seven Strangers on Facebook, to keep up with all the new stuff coming up, and you can check out the album on Soundcloud and Stereokiller if you didn’t dig on the Youtube Video above.
Great stuff that would make Romero proud!
Enjoy the music.

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“Ghost Ballads” — the new album from Lonesome Wyatt and The Holy Spooks!

Today March 5th, 2013 marks the unholy release of “Ghost Ballads“, the haunting new album from Lonesome Wyatt & the Holy Spooks!
Also known as one half of the great Satanic country band “Those Poor Bastards”, Mr. Lonesome has been darkening our days with his particular brand of somber sickness for several years now.
He began spreading his filth in 2001 with the release of the classic “Sabella“, then with the three-disc collection in 2010 “Moldy Basement Tapes” and the great “Heartsick” in 2011. The new album “Ghost Ballads” is a hideously good addition to any music collection!

Lonesome Wyatt creates strange and sad music from a time that never was.
This new album of ghastly goodness is no exception.
“The Golden Rule” starts the album right off, setting the eerie tone with a new classic, which tells the tale of Mary, an axe, a killing spree, and the truth :
“This world is vicious and mean.”

Songs like “Curse of the Poltergeists”, “Terror on the Ghost Ship”, and “The Mouldering One Returns” are dripping with somber menace, and Mr. Lonesome can tell spooky tales through his music with the best of them.
The songs are filled with atmospheric touches ; howls, moans and clinking chains all adding to the black tone of the album.
Mr. Lonesome has perfected his creation, this sub-genre of scary country music.

“Dream of You” is a stand-out tune from the album. A throwback to the sweet songs of longing from the ’50′s, telling the tale of lovers separated by the touch of death, and the inevitable cure. Perfectly haunting.

“You Cannot Be Saved From The Grave” is another favorite of mine, a haunting dirge about the moans from underground, with a sweeping eerie tone.

“Haunted Jamboree” delivers exactly what it promises, evoking the feeling of a ghostly dance hall celebration, and “Bone Orchard Rise” closes the album with a haunting request to “tear down the skies”.

All in all, “Ghost Ballads” is a beautiful and horrible new work of art from your pal and mine, Lonesome Wyatt. A true independent artist, who has blazed his own path filled with peculiar works of gloom, he makes the kind of music that all of us here at Horror Homework can certainly appreciate!

Be sure and pick up this gloriously dreary new album here, available today on vinyl, CD, cassette or digital download. And keep in touch with updates from Lonesome Wyatt himself on his official Facebook page!



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Happy Birthday to the Man in Black, Johnny Cash

One of the great things about growing up near Nashville, Tennessee was that you never knew who you were going to meet at times. Even at a young age, I was getting to meet celebrities who were world famous and I didn’t have a clue who they were. I remember being about seven years old and helping my mom at the convenience store she worked in with a drive through. I don’t remember why I was there that day, probably playing hooky from school. What I do remember was sitting on the stool and hearing the bell ring from the door at the drive through. My mom opened it up, talked to a man in a vehicle, and came back in. She told me to grab a bag of popcorn and fill it up for her. Then, she told me to take it to the door and she opened it up. Outside in the lane was a parked black limousine  something I had never seen before at that age. The window was rolled down and a wrinkled hand was being held out from the window, waiting for me to hand him the popcorn. I said hello to the man then went back inside and sat back down on my stool. That is the memory that I have of meeting the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.

John R. Cash was born on February 26th, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas and would have been 81  years old today. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, in addition to being a songwriter, actor, and author. His crossover appeal earned him several fans from many genres, including inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. There were many events in his life that spawned his songs, from the death of his brother Jack, his drug and alcohol abuse, and meeting the love of his life, June Carter Cash.  There are many incidents in his lifetime in which gained him his outlaw image, but the most he ever spent the night in jail was a night. After a failed suicide attempt, Johnny cleaned up his act and got off drugs with the help of his future wife, June Carter, and they were married in March of 1968. Johnny experienced several relapses, dating between then and 1992, where he served his final rehab stint at the  Loma Linda Behavioural Medicine Centre in Loma Linda, California.

In the 70′s, he began becoming known as “The Man in Black” because of his performance attire. Johnny chose black on behalf of the poor and hungry, on behalf of, in his own words, “the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, and on behalf of those who have been betrayed by age or drugs. And with the Vietnam War as painful in my mind as it was in most other Americans’, I wore it ‘in mournin’ for the lives that could have been.’… Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don’t see much reason to change my position… The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making many moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.” This lead him to later on write a song he titled “The Man in Black” to describe his on-stage dress code.

In 1980, Cash became the Country Music Hall of Fame’s youngest living inductee at age 48. Although he did not have much success on the country music charts, he was still touring successfully. He did become a part of the country super-group The Highwaymen in the mid 80′s, which included  Waylon Jennings,Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Over the next several years, he would continue to write music, publish books and act in movies and television. In 1997, Cash was diagnosed with Shy-Drager syndrome, a form of multiple system atrophy. The diagnosis was later changed to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. He was hospitalized in 1998 with severe pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. Despite not being able to tour, he still released two albums which gained him fans of the younger generation, especially with the cover of “Hurt” from rock band Nine Inch Nails.

June Carter Cash passed away May 15, 2003 at the age of 73. She had made Johnny promise that he would continue to work even after she passed and he did. Johnny went on to pen nearly 60 songs before his own death four months later. He passed away on September 12th, 2003 from complications from diabetes. One of Cash’s final collaborations American V: A Hundred Highways was released posthumously on July 4, 2006 and the album debuted in the No.1 position on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for the week ending July 22, 2006. In February of 2010, three days before what would have been Cash’s 78th birthday, the Cash Family, Rick Rubin, and Lost Highway Records released his second posthumous record, titled American VI: Ain’t No Grave.

Johnny Cash touched many lives throughout his career with his music and lyrics, mine included. So happy birthday Mr. Cash, here’s to remembering your legacy.

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