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!

Told you it was cool!
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.


The reinvention and return of Nine Inch Nails!

 

Earlier this week, Pitchfork reported that Trent Reznor was returning to his roots and reforming his influential project Nine Inch Nails, with an announcement of a new recording and extensive touring through 2013 – 14.

Here is the official statement from Trent Reznor :

NOTE FROM TRENT:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

TR

 

Although the major world tour won’t begin until 2014, NIN will begin playing concert dates this summer. According to Billboard, one of the group’s first shows will be at Lollapalooza.

Reznor is also reportedly planning to record some new NIN music. At the end of last year, he said that two new songs would appear on the band’s greatest hits compilation, due in 2014. Some time thereafter, he expects to release an eighth studio album.

Meanwhile, Reznor’s project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and longtime collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross, How to Destroy Angels (named after a great Coil song) will release their debut album “Welcome oblivion” March 5th.
Listen to their 2010 debut EP via Spotify here and pre-order the full-length release here.
Welcome back, Mr. Reznor!




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I Put A Spell On You

Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

I Put a Spell on You” is a 1956 song written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, whose recording was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was also ranked #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Hawkins had originally intended to record “I Put a Spell on You” as a refined love song, a blues ballad. He says that the producer “brought in ribs and chicken and got everybody drunk, and we came out with this weird version. I don’t even remember making the record. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death.

Check out the original version right here :

In 1965, the song was re-recorded by Nina Simone, giving it a more seductive, sultry influence, and proving to be arguably the most popular version of the tune.
Check out her version here :

Later in the 1960’s, Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded their very popular version of the song.

Who could forget Bette Midler’s version from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus?

My favorite version of this tune is from vocal superstar Diamanda Galas. She is a legend with an earth-shattering and truly unique voice!
Check out her take on this classic here :

Of course, we all know and love Marilyn Manson’s version!

Most recently, legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recorded this haunting version with blues singer Mika Paris.

Well, I hope all of you have enjoyed this look at several wildly different interpretations of one seriously classic tune! Which version was your favorite?
Leave some comments.
Have a great VD, and stay safe out there in the world!



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Ten Evil Country Death Songs

As a younger man, country music never appealed to me.
I simply could not (and still can’t) relate to the “music” played on mainstream radio, especially the simplistic and irritating whining of artists such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift and the like.
Then I discovered Johnny Cash, and the dark underbelly inherent in the genre.
Blown away, I followed the trail to hell blazed by some truly innovative and unique artists that are taking that twangy country sound and leaving a dark stain on it.
What follows are some of my favorite examples of the dark side of country music!
Enjoy.

Let’s start off with a very mean track from the Man In Black himself.
This is “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash!

Next up we have a great tune from one of my favorites, Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks! He is also a founding member of the excellent “Gothic Country” band known as Those Poor Bastards, who we will get to later.
For now, please enjoy “If you see Sabella…

Next we have a cool track from Hank Williams III, who has proven himself to be a versatile and interesting performer. I saw him opening up for Reverend Horton Heat a few years back in Tampa, with his band, Assjack. The first half of the set was comprised of tearful twangy ballads and covers of his dad’s classics ; halfway through the show they switched gears and hit the crowd with a blast of insane metal! It was awesome.
Here we have his great working man’s anthem dedicated to the late great madman G.G Allin. This is the studio recording, but you can see a low sound quality live version here to get an idea of how it plays at a show!
Punch, Fight, Fuck!

Next up is a classic from the Violent Femmes great first album! “Country Death Song” comes this evil gem about pushing little girls down a well, that Femmes frontman Gordon Gano claims to have written while still in high school!

The next song on the list is “Blood in the Valley” by the great Gothic Country band Sons Of Perdition. A slow-burning, eerie tune from these macabre minstrels, this is one of my favorites!
Featuring a guest speech from Lonesome Wyatt at the end.
“This valley will flood with your hypocrite blood…”

In 1996, my favorite band of all time, Ween, released an album of country songs.
It was called “Twelve Golden Country Greats” and proved that these jokers were real musicians and in possession of the rare talent to perform easily within any genre!
Listen to all ten songs (that’s right, ten) from the album right here :

Next up is a great rockabilly-influenced tune from Spark Reatard & The Deadbillys.
Enjoy “The Gravedigger“!

From Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ awesome 1995 album Murder Ballads, check out the twisted story of “Stagger Lee” below!

Next up is a great tune from the Hillbilly Moon Explosion.
My Love Forevermore” has it all, just a great unique tune with a very cool video!
Fall in love right here :

Last but not least, we have the 11-minute epic song “Ill At Ease“, from Those Poor Bastards 2010 album “Gospel Haunted”.
A great tune with mesmerizing lyrics!

Well, I hope everyone has enjoyed this brief look at some of my favorite scary tunes with a country flavor. Do your homework and check out some more stuff from these great artists by following the links!

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The Terrible Tale Of Edgar Switchblade

From one of my favorite musicians, Lonesome Wyatt, comes The Terrible Tale of Edgar Switchblade!


Released in conjunction with Those Poor Bastards’ newest album of gothic country hymns, Behold The Abyss, Mr. Wyatt’s first novel tells the story of Edgar Switchblade, a religiously obsessed, mentally disturbed, cloven hoofed bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to capture his prey.
With his faithful horse Old Red by his side, armed with only a switchblade and an unquenchable taste for human flesh, he befriends and destroys werewolves, ghosts, prostitutes and other strange creatures. Together they wander through bitter darkness in a desperate search for God’s cruel light.

Lonesome Wyatt has been making the most creepily weird country music for the last decade or so, with several projects always in motion. My first experience with his unique take on country and western music came from his band, Those Poor Bastards, a duo who has released several albums full of strangeness and desperation.

His other band, Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks, recently released a great album called Heartsick, and a collection of early recordings called Moldy Basement Tapes. I saw a recent announcement on his Facebook page, that they will have another new album coming out this spring, called Ghost Ballads!

Of course, the best thing he ever did, in my opinion, was to team up with the great Rachel Brooke for a haunting album full of heartbreaking tunes, called A Bitter Harvest.
I had the good fortune to catch this duo live a few years back in a shitty little bar in Flori-duh, and even had the chance to shake their hands and tell them thanks for existing.
It was a great show, and I would love to see more collaborations between these two in the future!
(PS They did an incredible version of Nick Cave’s classic “Where The Wild Roses Grow”, that I would gladly kill to hear again!)

For more info on this book, and many of the releases mentioned here, be sure and visit the official store here, where many of these albums are available for sale on vinyl, CD, and even cassette!
Check them out, freaks!

The first sketch of Edgar Switchblade.

 

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