Ghoultown After Sundown!,
This review is from: Life After Sundown (Audio CD)
I've been a hardcore fan of horror movies and horror literature most of my life, so it should come as no surprise that I've also developed a huge fondness for horror-themed rock music. A horror-rock band that quickly became one of my favorites is the Texas-based Ghoultown. Their unique mixture of Psychobilly, Punk, and Southern-fried Rock shows the strong influence of both Johnny Cash and The Sex Pistols, and their lyrics reflect a deep and intimate familiarity with horror films both classic and b-grade. In short, Ghoultown is just about everything a horror fan could want in a rock band.
Now, after nearly a decade of listening to Ghoultown's cool and creepy tunes, I'd come to believe that the band would never be able to top their 2002 release GIVE 'EM MORE ROPE. I mean, how could they possibly outdo their musical ghost stories like "Return of the Living Dead," an homage to both the film of the same title and the zombie films of George A. Romero; "Dirty Sanchez," a musical poem that employs witty innuendo to create a character who, I kid you not, personifies the disgusting sexual practice; and "Fistful of Demons," a story of revenge that evokes both slasher films and Spaghetti Westerns? For horror fans, music like that is 24-carat gold. Nonetheless, Ghoultown has somehow managed to strike a new and even shinier vein with their latest CD, LIFE AFTER SUNDOWN.
Although the music on LIFE AFTER SUNDOWN retains much of Ghoultown's signature Wild West melodies and ghost-town lyrics, the band now also seems to channel the spirits of the Ozzy-era Black Sabbath or classic Motorhead. Songs like "Drink with the Living Dead," which recounts the legend of a dead gunslinger who is forced every night to challenge a living soul to a drinking contest, and "Against a Crooked Sky," the story of a group of outlaws who ultimately receive their just deserts, are both classic Ghoultown southern-style ghost stories. Yet there is a distinct Heavy-Metal edge to entries like "Dead Outlaws" and "Werewolves on Wheels." The latter, which is inspired by the film of the same name, even has a grinding drum beat during the refrain that mimics the sound of a motorcycle engine! In addition, Ghoultown also exposes a little more of their Punk side on this CD, most notably in the band's Tex-Mex cover of The Misfits' "London Dungeon."
Though I never would have predicted that the awesome Ghoultown could get even better, LIFE AFTER SUNDOWN proves that the band still has lots of gruesome musical tricks up their sleeves. The Canadian horror rag RUE MORGUE recently gave the CD a five-skull rating (their highest) and described it as "dark, dusty, and cruel," and to a horror-rock band, that's quite a compliment. If you're already a fan of Ghoultown, LIFE AFTER SUNDOWN is a must-have. But if you're a horror buff who has never heard the band before, this CD is the perfect introduction.
With Ghoultown in your music collection, there is LIFE AFTER SUNDOWN indeed.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2013 9:21:15 AM PST
J. Hart says:
Nice. In one recent comment, I described Ghoultown as Lemmy Kilmister meets Sergio Leone. I get a kick out of the Weird West (a literary genre where horror/dark fantasy meets the Wild West), and Ghoul Town provides a perfect soundtrack. Crossing disparate genres and styles can produce some truly memorable art, so let's hear it for Ghoultown.
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