Thursday, 31 December 2015

In Memoriam: Lemmy

One of the most important musicians in Rock has passed as we lose an icon in Lemmy. From his loud as hell bass playing to his amazing songwriting chops, the man was a legend and inspiration to us all. When you saw Motorhead live, you left deaf and happy. No disappointment as Lemmy and company delivered a blistering set night in and night out. The man was everything Rock N' Roll embodied, enough said. Lately, he has been sick and, though he is now at peace I still miss him. The man was an inspiration both musically and personally to me and so many around the globe. There will never be another like him or another band like Motorhead. So, turn the stereo up to 11 and play the music of one of the greatest musicians ever. R.I.P. Lemmy,  we'll miss you.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

End of the year....

As 2015 comes to a close, I look back at my busiest year to date! Thank you to all my readers and anyone else who has checked out the blog so far! Have a happy new year and, as I am entering my 3rd full year doing this blog, I am looking to add more and do more in 2016. So continue to read or send me stuff to review, I always look forward to what you ghouls are doing then, the pleasure of telling the world about it.

So stay creepy everyone,

Jekyll A. Hyde

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

In Memoriam: Brooke McCarter

Today, we have lost another star from the movie Lost Boys. Brooke McCarter or, better known as Paul to fans of the movie, has passed. For those who don’t know of the movie, it is maybe the most important vampire movie to come out in the last 30 years in my honest opinion. The movie is that good. Everyone in that movie played an important role in making that movie what it is. Brooke McCarter played a role next to Sutherland that took that movie from just a so so idea to something that means so much to so many all these years later. R.I.P man, you may not have done that many roles but, the one you are most well known for will never be forgotten.

Escape from New York (#13)

SNAKE IS RETIRED! My guess is that this may have happened after LA but I am not a 100% sure. So, the government just doesn't want to leave him and his dog alone. Thus, Snake is out for blood! Yes, this is a great story and, with word of only 3 issues left I wonder how it will all end for Snake...or if this leads to LA.

Gotham by Midnight (#12)

So, the cover suggests that this is the final issue and, if it is what a way to go! The battle for the soul of the city is raging on as the Nun and the Specter rage on against an ancient evil bringing the unjustified dead souls killed in the city back to life. Mayhem is all around and, it is just great! If this is the final issue they went out on a bang. If this is just the end of the story line, I cannot wait to see where it all goes next!

Krampus: The Shadow of Saint Nicholas

Though I have not seen the movie yet, I REALLY WANT TO! Especially, after reading the book. Krampus himself appears very little but, when he does, you know shit is going down! Great art, great stories as this is a caution to those who are assholes around Christmas time. I know there would be a temptation to overuse the character in which the title is named after but, I am glad that they didn't over saturate him. They do the same for Sam in the movies and graphic novels and that works great. So, bring on the movie as the book or, as it is advertised, prequel has my mouth watering for more!

Big Trouble in Little China (#19)

Well, the cover makes no sense but, the story picks up the slack with an awesome story for the post-Carpenter/Powell era. Burton is head to head with someone resembling Harry Potter, Egg is helping without him knowing, the girls are out to stop the demon and....there's tears. This is an entertaining story with some great art. Though it does not reach the level of the initial run it is good non the less and makes up for the story line before this where there was a lot to be desired.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Amazing Grace Part 1 (#1.1)

Okay so, some people may be wondering why a Spider-Man comic is getting a review on this blog. Well, let me just say this: voodoo and a dead man comic back to life. So, Spider-Man is caught in this web (get it!?) trying to get to the bottom of this miracle when he discovers some trouble at the end of the issue. This has the potential to get very dark very quickly as it dwells in the not to nice part of New York. Get on this mini story as it strays from the main story but is promising to be awesome just the same.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Johnny B. Morbid - Krampus Carols

Still in a Halloween hangover and need something to get you into that Christmas spirit so that, you too, can experience that dreadful feeling of being merry as well? Well, look no further then Johnny B. Morbid as he does his best to get you in that Christmas spirit with a short and sweet release. The songs rock and they are much better then 90% of stuff that you will hear at your local shopping mall. So sit back with your eggnog, be good and maybe Krampus will pass you by as we have a new name in Christmas music that will kick the rear of all these flavor of the month type artists releasing holiday music this time of year and, that name is, Johnny B. Morbid.

Vagora - Dark Stories Retold

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I am a HUGE fan of Vagora! So, an acoustic album with the band redoing songs from past recordings was a must own for me! I love the idea of taking the songs that the fans love, having them choose which ones are preformed and new members putting a new twist or their interpretations on classic songs. Along those lines, the songs themselves have evolved and, taking something from electric to acoustic brings out something new about the song. The lyrics can shine through a little more and, you get a sense of how really good a song is when you strip it down to its bare bones. There are so many songs that, while listening to these songs, you think of that you would like to hear as well stripped down. This album is amazing! This is the one that you give to people to check out who Vagora is as they will then appreciate the originals so much more and be drawn to check more stuff. Part greatest hits in a sense and mostly awesome, Vagora has done it again with another release that will blow you away. Done for the fans and meant for everybody; this is a must own.

The Mutant Members Only Club - All Good Demons Dance To Doo-Wop

Around Halloween, I came across the The Mutant Members Only Club and love was found. Now, with their new release, things are a little slowed down but awesome all the same! "Tortured Man" is probably the most personal song I have heard while some others like "Sad Satan" has that humor that we all know and love by this one man band. A little electric guitar on a couple of songs is a nice surprise as you find him expanding his horizon of musical abilities. The songs themselves are enjoyable as, yes this is a departure from previous releases but, you'll love it just the same. The Doo Wop makes an appearance and the only way that you won't enjoy this album is if you are heartless and have no soul. So don't make Satan sad and get a copy of this album or you'll end up in the Devil's trailer park when it becomes dark.

The Bloody Jug Band - Rope Burn

Being from Canada, I'll be honest when I say that, the only way I know of jug bands is from the Snoopy special where he is jamming with his siblings. Yes, that is my only exposure to this old American style of music. That said, I was introduced to The Bloody Jug Band and WOW! Yes, I am blown away. For me, throw in some Zack Brown Band, some Dropkick Murphys, Horror and those jugs and washboards to kind of get an idea of what I am listening to...but it is so much more then that! Honestly, I need to check out more of their stuff. This music has me bouncing and singing along with it and I am only on the first listen! Repeating it will definitely be necessary in the near future! I can't even pick standout tracks as I am just so into this recording! Get your jugs and give this band a listen if you haven't already as you will be over the moon that you did. If you don't the blood thirsty unicorns from the forest will come for you!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Danzig - Skeletons

Hands up, how many people here wouldn't be here without anything fronted by Danzig? Not many! Here we have his covers album that, I must say, is much better then I would have originally suspected! I mean, I heard the talk of it, the song list and...I didn't know how I felt about it. Now, the recording is not the greatest. People can do better in their living room but, it is not bad. The songs themselves are solid choices for the band as it just sounds like they are having a load of fun doing this album! Good on him for taking this chance as it breaks up wait times and it's Pin Ups style cover is great to look at. Standouts include "Devil's Angels", "Let Yourself Go", "N.I.B.", "Lord of the Thighs", "Action Woman", "Rough Boy", "With a Girl Like You", "Find Somebody" and "Crying in the Rain". This recording does bring Misfits to mind in how it sounds as a couple of songs sounds like it was pulled off those classic recordings from back in the day. Now, if only we could get some new material from the man, that would be great!

Constantine: The Hellblazer (#7)

Well, John has a new mate who is drawn into his life as the Swamp Thing comes visiting and Papa Midnight makes an appearance. There is trouble in Central Park with people getting murdered by...trees? Yep! The action continues as John wonders if he should keep his lover by his side or let him go before he gets hurt. Great issue as this series has just been really really good! Something new is building and I can't wait to see what it builds to!


Fan of Trash Metal legends Exodus as well? Well check out this black and white book that tells the story of the band right up to their current state. It is a very good read though some facts and dates had me scratching my head as it is not something that seemed right from the original stories I have heard through the years. I guess that is what you get when it is unauthorized. Fans of the band should get on this though, the art is also rocking!

Misfits - Vampire Girl/Zombie Girl

So, lets be honest, most of us wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the inspiration of the Misfits. Now, I have been harsh on this current incarnation of the band as I find that they rely on Only redoing classic tracks that does not suit his voice. However, I did like Devil's Rain as that was a pleasant surprise with how well it turned out. Now, we have the two newest original tracks in the release of the "Vampire Girl" and "Zombie Girl" single. I must say, this is much better then the live album, Christmas or other single that was released by the band following Devil's Rain. These tracks are very well done and well written. Much more suited to Only's vocals then redoing Graves era songs or Danzig era songs. Great work Only, keep to original material as it is much better then what you originally were doing!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway and Chris Hodenfield

Here we have the inside story about one of the most inspirational and fundamental groups in the history of Rock in the Alice Cooper Group! Without them, I don't think I would have been into Horror Rock or theatrics in a stage show. They were like my gateway to this kind of music in a way. This book is not like others where it tells you about his childhood for a 100 pages or so but gets right into the nitty gritty of it all telling us how the Earwigs became the Nazz and then, finally, Alice Cooper! We get the story behind the meeting with Frank Zappa, who the chicken really belonged to and, what happened in the end that broke the group up. Also, we get the full insight on the reunion of friends and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. There is not a lot of finger pointing as this is not that kind of book. It is entertaining, funny and a joy to read. Dunaway is one of my bass idols and Alice Cooper is one of my favorite bands/artists EVER! This is a must read for fans of the man or the group as this is the inside scoop from a man who was there through it all, lived through it all and can now tell the story about how Alice Cooper represented by 5 guys before the name stood for just 1.

A Conversation with Atom Age Vampire

Hello and thank you for doing this again. For those who are clueless, can you please introduce yourselves?
Hello This is Zack (Ponch) and Marc from Atom Age Vampire. 
So, first and foremost, how is the new album coming along? What sort of things should we, the fans, expect?
A lot of the new songs are written and we are still working on some more. This album is going to be a lot different from what we have put out previously, we still have some of the old elements. Probably the biggest change is how the singer left the band and it left us to restructure. Marc took over as lead singer and we picked up another guitarist (Mikie). We definitely have progressed musically and we believe it will show threw on this next album. 
The first album was a collection of songs and the second E.P. was more of a concept based around Creepshow. How did that concept come around?
There really wasn’t a big story behind it. We were writing "The Crate" and joked about doing a whole concept E.P. then decided that we seriously wanted to do it. The whole process of writing it was a lot of fun from writing to recording and creating the art for it. It actually went really fast, I think we wrote the songs in like a week or two. The longest part of it was raising the money to get it recorded.

Concepts are tricky and, basing it around an anthology has its own challenges. How did you pull it off?
We basically just watched the movie a lot and wanted to really capture the essence of the movies in the songs. Everyone in the band came with riffs and the vocals were basically a summary of the different segments of the movie. 

Every band has a process to their writing. How does it work in AAV? 
We all write songs individually first then we bring them to practice where we add to them and feed off each other. Some work out and make it to the album some don’t. 

I remember there being some talk about a live album. Is that still something that we can see in the future?
I think that was one of Heaths (Hellsing) ideas. We may do something like that in the future but not anytime soon. 
Let’s talk gear. What are your weapons of choice in the studio and live?
Well that’s a funny question for AAV, whatever gear is working at the time is what we take to shows. 

So, let’s get less serious now, Munsters or Adams Family? Who has the best vampire?
Munsters hands down!

Along those lines, in this two part question: Who is your favorite vampire and, in the second part, who is your favorite person who portrays a vampire? Let’s face it, someone could say Dracula but there is a million people who portrayed him!
Marc says Grandpa from the Munsters or evil Ed. For me (Zack) I would have to say Bela Lugosi as Dracula. 

Enough vampire type questions….who is your favorite non vampire?
Duh Leather Face. 

Who is your favorite band/musician to play with?
We love playing with The Nothing for Covington Ky. They are an amazing band and great dudes. If you don’t know who they are find them and fill your ears full of it!

As well, is there anyone that you haven’t played with yet that you would like to play with someday?
We would really like to play with Mister Monster after the new album drops and they hit the road. Also the Vladimirs would be amazing. 

As musicians, you have toured or played with some great bands. In this 2 part question; first, is there anyone that you have played with in the past that you would like to work with either in Atom Age Vampire or, in another project? As well, is there anyone living or dead that you would like to work with that you haven’t?
There are too many people to list ha ha. 

As artists, what inspires you (movies, music, comics, books, etc.)? What got you into this?
We are inspired by movies music and serial killers. We all grew up watching and being obsessed with horror movies as kids and later got into punk rock/metal and threw that all into a bag and shook it up. 

In the past, I’ve asked people their current assessment of the scene. Instead of that, are there any new artists or bands in the Horror Rock/Punk genre that you think people should know? Someone who is exciting you with the music they make?
Again the Covington/Cincinnati scene is just killer, so many good bands from that area. 
Is there any new releases that you are looking forward to (movies, music, etc.)?
As far as movies I am looking forward to seeing Krampus and music I am stoked to see what the new Mister Monster will sound like. 

Thank you once again for taking the time to do this! Is there any parting words you have for the readers?
The new album will be killer and we are working hard to get it out to you!

In Memoriam: Rose Siggins

As part of my favorite season of American Horror Story during her time on Freak Show she was an awesome actress. With a real life disability in a time where CGI is used to create what isn't there, she gave one hell of a performance as a "freak" along with the others on the show to give us a season that was memorable, funny, entertaining, scary and awesome all at the same time. Nothing could get in her way and her performance was a tribute to that attitude.

In Memoriam: Robert Loggia

You may remember him from Scarface but, he was also in the best Psycho sequel in the second movie trying to drive Anthony Perkins more crazy then his character Norman Bates was. Along with Independence Day those are his most well known and recognized movie roles. He was an amazing actor who will be missed by many. He never shied away from the genre as, as far as I know, his last movie was Sicilian Vampire. I haven't seen it yet but, I can only imagine that, even if the movie sucks, his performance will be top notch. That's what he brought to his roles: class and character.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Motel Transylvania - They Dig After Midnight

What time is it? Well, it is after midnight and, if you need that perfect little album to dig up that someone special to, check out this debut by Italy's own Motel Transylvania. After a mood setting intro, the band hits the gas and doesn't really slowdown until the final track when you are left breathless and wanting more. Yes, it is that good and this has me excited for future releases by this band. The songs are catchy, addictive and you will be singing along to them around the time thr second chorus kicks in. This is a great little snapshot of a band to watch in the years to come. Standouts include "Go Psycho!", "Motel Transylvania", "Summer in the Grave", "Night of the Living Dead", "It's Not So Bad" and "I Wanna Be Your Ghoul". At under 27 minutes this release is short, sweet, catchy and entertaining. So, get on this band now at the beginning before you have some catching up to do. If you don't, they won't be digging you up after midnight but, putting you 6 feet down instead.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Seduction of the Innocent (#1)

New guy from Cleveland walks into an FBI murder investigation where mob bosses go missing without a trace! It's bloody and there is a lot going on in this single issue that acts like a tribute to EC comics. This is an enjoyable read as this mini series looks like it will be a hard hitting pleasure for fans or murder/mystery as everything is getting laid out in this dynamite first issue.

Gotham by Midnight (#11)

So the battle has begun and Corrigan is not in control of the Specter as those killed unjustly in Gotham get their revenge. Throw in the fact that the doctor is possessed and an appearance by Batman and, you have a lot of action happening all at once! Yea! This is an issue that is all action and doesn't let up or slow down. Now that Heaven is getting involved, I wonder where this will head next as the future of Gotham hangs in the balance.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Ghostbusters Annual 2015

This annual, like so many others, has a main story along with tons of shorter stories for your entertainment. Only difference? It's a GREAT story that is meant as a launch pad to future Ghostbusters stories as well as tying up the two previous crossovers that we saw in 2015. As well, the mini stories are FUNNY AS HELL and enjoyable instead of feeling like they are meant to take up room in the book as an excuse to charge more. The annual is set up like a mini tpb and you get a huge bang for your buck! The art and writing is great, you will laugh, you will cry and there is plenty of shout outs to the original film that will have long time fans smiling. So get this or get slimed because, who you gonna

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953

Alright people, here we have another one off story of Hellboy in England with Trevor where his anger finds him battling a an army of dead Romans while a dead witch hangs from a tree in the first story. In the second story, a quick suggestion rids the world of 2 ghosts. This is all leading up to another story line as we follow Hellboy through the years leading up to his debut and I like the stories that they have released so far. This is what Mike originally intended for Big Red when he introduced the character but, we all know how well he worked alone with some of the craziest cases that the B.P.R.D. had come through the doors. It has a classic feel of those early stories with good mythology to go along with it. What more is there to like?

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Trick 'R Treat: Days of the Dead

With a new movie on the horizon and Krampus in theaters soon, Michael Dougherty is a busy man. In the mean time, to hold us until Trick 'R Treat 2, we have Days of the Dead which features 4 stories that interconnect with each other about Halloween through the years. Yes, Sam makes an appearance just like the movie and the book is just as good as you can imagine. You may not feel the third story initially but, you will at the end as it is a familiar story that ties everything together nicely and gladly changes your opinion. The stories overall are something you can relate to as a monster kid. This could easily be the second movie or even an animated movie of this would be awesome! Yes, it is that good and, it makes me happy. This franchise is guarded by Michael who only releases gold. He guards Sam and does not over saturate the market with tons of Trick 'R Treat stories or Sam stories. Instead, he releases very well written work and, if this is a jumping stone to the next movie, I am good. Oh! And what can I say about that cover? Should be made into posters and sold in stores! I'd be good with that. If you are a fan of the movie and Sam, get on this. You'll be over the moon that you did.

Lugosi's Morphine - Gloom, Doom, And Destruction

So, a couple of years ago, I remember seeing a music video for "Don't Think" and an interview where new music is mentioned and....NOTHING! Just as quickly as the band returned from the grave it was gone! So, yesterday I am on Facebook and what do my eyes see? Are they deceiving me? Is that new Lugosi's Morphine? YES IT IS! Recorded 2 years ago, we are finally getting to hear the music that this legendary band recorded and I am all smiles for it. Some may wonder if the music can still hold up after being holed up for 2 years and, I am here to tell you that, it does well. I wonder what the circumstances that led to this taking so long to see the light of day but, then again, I am just happy to have this album meeting my ears finally. This is Horror Punk goodness from the first note to the end as, if you are like me and heard "Don't Think" before, that is only the beginning of what this album has to deliver! Standouts include "I'm Happy", "Eat, Drink, and be Scary", "Headless", "Sickness and in Hell", "House of Hell", "Don't Think", "Dark Half", "No Difference" and "Suicide Note". I hope that they release their previous albums as well as they are hard to find as this takes me back and I enjoy this band. If this is the last of this legendary band then what a way to go out in a blaze of glory but, if there is more to come I cannot wait! If you seriously don't know why these guys are awesome, give this a'll thank me later.

Friday, 20 November 2015


THAT'S RIGHT FOLKS! TO PARAPHRASE KISS, YOU WANTED IT, YOU GOT IT! Our prayers and sacrifices have been answered and MISTER MONSTER IS RECORDING A NEW ALBUM! FIRST ONE IN OVER A DECADE! Help them fund it at Time to put your money where your mouth is and nut up or shut up!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

In Memoriam: Michael C. Gross

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the Ghostbusters franchise. Now, a man who was a major part of the original films and cartoons has passed. Michael Gross was a producer on bother films and the cartoons along with others 80s comedies like Twins, Beethoven and Kindergarten Cop along with Heavy Metal. He was also a major part in the National Lampoon magazine in the 70s. However, he will always be best known for creating the most iconic logo in the world. That's right folks, he is the man behind the logo that can be found all over my childhood and the great memories that go along with those movies and cartoons he produced. He is the man who created the famous "No Ghost" logo. That in itself is huge and if you bother asking why you live under a rock. No logo in the Horror community is as recognized, loved and adored as that one. When you see it, it brings you back to a time, a simpler one, a better one and a much more fun one than the one you are currently in. R.I.P. Michael Gross, may you and Harold bust some ghosts together again.

Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis - Certicifed Groovy Special Edition (#1)

Don't bother unless you are a completest! This is a reprinting of the first issue of Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis series with a new cover and some art pages in the back. If you missed out on the original printing, grab it or, if you like collecting everything Evil Dead then grab it as well. However, if you do care about having the same of something then stay away. It's a cool package and a great cover that also comes with a cool announcement...Evil Dead is going monthly. Now that is truly groovy.

Dark Horse Presents (#16)

Like past issues of this great anthology series, I will only be looking at the Hellboy story as that is the only reason I got it and have not followed the other stories or characters as much. Hell, if you flip the book over it goes right to the story and features a Mike Mignola cover! So, in this story, Hellboy is told a story of greed and wanting too much by a hanging man from a tree. The story is simple and the message is effective in that fairy tale sort of way. Also, the art is great and it doesn't miss a beat. It is a folktale from Hell that is meant to entertain you. Does it focus on Hellboy? Nope! Is it good? Yes it is. It's short, sweet and to the point. Get it as it is a great short story to add to the others in the Hellboy world. As well, you never know if this theme or character may pass by again in the future. With Hellboy in the mix, that is a possibility for sure.

Big Trouble in Little China (#18)

Well the writing, art and the story have picked up some of the slack that was holding it back with the post-Carpenter/Powell issues and have gained some steam with some laughs and action abound! So, Jack Burton has gotten into more trouble then he should have and is in a game for his soul and the souls of others. Throw in a hilarious explanation of poker and THE RETURN OF EGG and you have the makings for a pretty good issue that will have you grinning and laughing. I wonder where all of this is headed as Jack works his way up the chain to fight the power and win...guess we'll see.

Blade - Undead by Daylight

This is not a new Blade story but, a reprinting of classic Blade stories from the Tomb of Dracula and the first issue of Blade from the 90s I believe. For people unfamiliar with the character, this is a good starting point to check out from his debut to something a little more recent. For long time fans who do not have copies of these essential stories or cannot afford them, they are here in a nice little package that is way more affordable. Maybe having an origin story would have been asking for a little too much but, meh. Get this collection for yourself and enjoy this vampire slayer in all of his glory.

Escape from New York (#12)

Well Snake has a plan to get out of New York once and for all but he needs the help of others and a flying car to do it. I am not crazy about the art over the last few issues but the story itself is awesome! One give over another I guess. Snake makes it out and they promise the adventures to continue so, if the writing stays as good as it has been this whole series I may just put up with the crappy art a little bit more. Get this story and see how Snake is still alive and kicking.

Friday, 13 November 2015


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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Constantine: The Hellblazer (#6)

There is no place like home and after a tough bit of business  (that included the loss of his lost friends who haunt him) John doesn't want to be left alone with his thoughts. That leads to him to a day on the town working! That's right folks, this issue that is a day in the life kind of thing and it is a nice breather. One intense story has ended and this issue is a chance to take stock in what has happened while setting up the next storyline. There are plenty of laughs and the story and art are great! This is a massive improvement over the previous New 52 series that ran for 23 issues. Get on this, you'll be happy you did.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

John Carpenter's Tales for a Halloweenight Volume 1

Okay so, I was reading Previews and came across a collection of stories featuring John Carpenter's name that was to come out on Halloween. Need I say more? It's a short graphic novel that is a quick read and features some great short stories and amazing art to go along with it. It's a great addition to your Halloween night reading material as the tricks, treats and gore are plentiful between the covers. John Carpenter, Steve Neils and others team up to produce such a great read! However, I only have one complaint. That complaint would be the segments featuring the Gatekeeper. Do I have a problem with the character himself? NOPE! The old style art? NOPE! The fact that he reminds me of the Cryptkeeper? NOPE! LOVE IT! I don't like how the page looks. Instead of showing us what is going on it reads more like a script telling us what is going on or how, we should see it. Yes, using your imagination is a good thing but, in a comic book, drawing it out would have been better. I would love to see the different graveyards he visits or maybe his reaction as he is about to tell us another gruesome tale of some unfortunate soul. I think this could work as a movie and the fact that this is a first volume means the possibility of more is great but, I would fix the character and how he is portrayed before moving on. Instead of having the same splash page featuring the same art of him standing there for all 6 stories with different text in his speech bubble. A great read for Carpenter fans or fans of the Cryptkeeper in general. Fix that little problem and, I think, you have gold.

In Memoriam: Gunnar Hansen

Today, we lost a original. Someone who helped to create the slasher genre as we know it today. Today, we have lost Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sure, there is a debate that Peeping Tom and Psycho were the originals but, you can not discount the influence that TCM has had on slasher films since its debut. One reason that the film has been so influential and continues to this day is the performance of Gunnar as Leatherface. The sounds he makes, the way he moves and the way he wields that chainsaw is masterful. Sure, he has done other movies including the last TCM 3D where he plays a role but, he will always be Leatherface. Maybe the best one to ever put the mask on. He created what we know of him from that performance while everyone else has been following in his footsteps. R.I.P Gunnar, you will be missed.

Friday, 6 November 2015

A Conversation with Peter DeRaven

Hello and thank you for doing this again. For those who don’t know a thing, can you please introduce yourself? 
Peter DeRaven Lead vocals and song writer for the Rhode Island  based band VAGORA. 

So, first and foremost, How is Lust of Lilly Chapter 3 coming along? What sort of things should we, the fans, expect? Any tidbits? 
It's a fitting end. I have said in other interviews that  the 3 parts of this series of EPs were to sort of cope with loss. Anger, retaliation and moving forward. This final disk is a forward step. Its heavy it features all members writing. 4 of us have lead vocals on this EP which is a sign of this being a band, a unit, all parts functioning as one. 

Lets talk about the upcoming Live in Studio Acoustic album you guys are doing. How does an idea like this and the Live in Studio idea come about? How important is it for you to have the fans involved? 
Well after the live in the studio CD we did we have been getting asked for a part 2 which we did a similar idea of letting the fans pick the songs. The fans input is great because with well over 70 songs its nice to know which songs people are digging and may effect our live future sets. We wanted to do an acoustic version of our debut album Agoraphobic for the 5th anniversary but couldn't get some of the previous members involved on the same page. The acoustic idea stuck we just decided to let it be the fans choice of songs.
Any surprising choices?  
Yes. Jesse our guitarist had his work cut out for him on a few tracks. I know "Time In Reverse" was a cool choice. 

Now, anyone who listens to Vagora wouldn’t call you a straight up a Horror Rock band like most others as you MAY have a song like “Ginger’s Gone” on the album but, a more personal set of songs right after. However, you are such a part of the genre and loved by fans of it. Why do you think that is? 
It's a simple answer I think. We have always respected the horror scene and the fans. It's were we got our start . We never wanted to be in a genre but would never turn away from a scene that enjoyed what we do. The fans of the Horror scene aren't all one style loving idiots. They enjoy all sorts of music. We write real music. It strikes a chord with the horror fans and other fans. Respecting where we got our start is why I think the fans have stuck it out with us even through our sounds change. 

You are the main singer in Vagora. However, you have always surrounded yourself with others who can carry a tune. With that said, what is your favorite Vagora song that you don’t sing? The one you love to rest your pipes to? 
Very true I'll be the first one to say I'm not the most talented singer in VAGORA. Jesse Nameless has really shown what an excellent vocalist he is. "Gallow On The Door" is just amazing. I'll always be a Kylie Discord fan. The song "My last Impression" and her backing vocals on 'it's not you that its happening to' are just haunting and beautiful at the same time. Robby Bloodshed, Jesse Nameless and Jonny Whitehurse all have a lead vocal track with this new EP and I think its some of the best stuff I've heard from all of them. 

With that said, with Vagora you have an extended list of songs from so many releases. Is there one song that you think should always be in the set list no matter what? 
You know that's the hardest part of being in the band for this long. We try to mix our set up as much as possible with older and new stuff. I'd say "Agoraphobic" and "Some/ Most" are staples at this point. "Rolling Skulls" and "Emeralds" too. 

From DVDs to albums, shirts and everything in between, you guys always have tons of merch for the fans to choose from. Where do you come up with all of these ideas? 
We watch what works and what doesn't. What products sell for other bands. The DVDs are cool as we have access to video equipment due to our bassist being a video student. So that makes a nice product. Shirts and art designs are mostly myself , Jesse , and Robby. Robby has worked for us with art and layout stuff even before he was in the band. Honestly for me I just get the ideas in my head from wherever they come from. I don't question it. I'll get a mental picture and run with it. 

Speaking of two of them, how is the book of lyrics and the potential documentary coming along? What stumbling blocks do you face putting a project like these together? 
The book is still being worked on it's something I'm really taking my time to make right. I have permission to make it a complete book so I think once I have some more down time I will send that to the editor . The documentary is on hold at the moment a lot of film has been shot. We have ran into a snag with a few former members participation. That would be the biggest issue. I only want to do this if all influential members were involved. Hopefully we can get back in to talks or use what we have for some other project. 

I remember a couple of years ago that Vagora was parting ways and you started up DeRaven. Not long after that band started, you revived Vagora. What went into that decision? 
Good question. When we decided to put the band to bed a few things had happened at once which made that decision. TB wanted to go which was fine we could have just kept going which was ultimately what we did. Kylie leaving was hard on myself and Jesse I think as we didn't get a lot  of notice and really had no ill will she just decided to go to college 12 hours away. It was a sad/happy thing. Marc our drummer and I had made a decision that we would try to keep the band going but it was just me and him. I really wasn't sure if a new line up would still be "VAGORA" sound wise. So I opted to audition people with the idea of learn the songs and if it dosen't sound like the band we call it something else. Jesse came back into the fold to teach the new guys the songs. He felt like it was time to stick it out and we brought in our former bassist Jonny. All of a sudden it was clear this was still VAGORA.  

Are there any songs from DeRaven that have or haven’t seen the light of day or have had a Vagora makeover yet? 
No songs were ever written for DeRaven as a band. We did a few shows just to work out the kinks but it really was just a way to test out the new line up. I will use the name for a solo release eventually though.

As a musician, you have played with some amazing musicians as well as toured or played with some great bands. In this 2 part question; first, is there anyone that you have played with in the past that you would like to work with either in Vagora or, in another project? As well, is there anyone living or dead, that you would like to work with that you haven’t? 
Kylie Discord I always felt we had more to do writing and performance wise. I'd like to work wth Goolsby I'm hoping that will happen. 

As an artist, what inspires you (movies, music, comics, books, etc.)? What got you into this? 
You know a little of everything inspires me. I started writing songs very young. I always felt it was a gift. A lot of what I write about is stuff that is in my head. Not sure if its things remembered from a past life of God or what again I don't question it I just do what I can with what i was given.

In the past, I’ve asked people their current assessment of the scene. Instead of that, are there any new artists or bands in the Horror Rock/Punk genre that you think people should know? Someone who is exciting you with the music they make? 
I just grabbed up The new 52 Ways CD, awesome band from Georgia. Also The band Blood Shift from Ohio.  We got a great band called  Damnation out of Mass thats a killer Horror band definatly check them out. 

Is there any new releases that you are looking forward to (movies, music, etc.)? 
Defiantly the new Argyle Goolsby CD.  Movies these days are all Princess based as I have 3 daughters so I'm usually waiting to get whatever they want to see. 

Thank you once again for taking the time to do this! Is there any parting words you have for the readers?  
Don't forget who made you. This purple blood leaves stains. K.R.Y.