Listmania: 5x Bands For Whom It’s Halloween Every Day!
Critically acclaimed film director and musician Rob Zombie might be saying that Heavy Metal and Horror are “Treated Like They’re Just One Step Above Pornography” (which you can read about here) but we don’t think that we’re actually that bothered. Live and let live. Oh wait. It’s Halloween! Die and let die! Here’s a little trick or treat for you. That’s right. Here are 5x bands for whom it’s Halloween every day!
1. Kissing Candice, who feature former Dr Acula keyboard player Joey Simpson as their frontman have been tearing up the US underground with their masked horror film theatrics and have shared some pretty big stages in that time. They may have 4x EPs and a whole host of stand alone singles out but 2015’s debut full length “Blind Until We Burn” remains a staple of the Metal Noise decks of doom.
2. Believe it or not, former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs formed Scum of the Earth 15 years ago and of their trio of albums it’s 2004 debut “Blah… Blah… Blah… Love Songs For The New Millennium” remains a great fun listen for Halloween. Last single “Dance Mother****er” popped it’s cherry in 2017 so given the long time between albums it should be 2020 when something new appears from them.
3. Cleveland Ohio natives Mushroomhead are well known for their mask wearing horror theatrics and with a long (seriously, marathon long) awaited album allegedly appearing in April 2020 via Napalm Records, things are looking up for them after a raft of lineup changes. Their finest hour in our eyes remains 2010’s “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children”.
4. Perhaps not pioneers but none the less, the evil disco sounds of Static-X have been a joy and with an album of posthumous vocals from the much loved and dearly departed Wayne Static in the works for May 2020 produced by Ulrich Wild, the Wisconsin Death Trip marches on. A controversial choice, perhaps but Edsel Dope and company know how to put on a show and they’ve been delivering the goods. Let’s just hope that “Project Regeneration” lives up to its hype.
5. The King of our hill is without a doubt Wednesday 13. We’re going to miss the bands annual London creature double feature at The Garage in Highbury this year as the band continue to follow Static-X around the Globe. But with a live show that features as much to watch as it does to bang your head to, have our “Condolences”.
There are too many honourable mentions to mention but Ice Nine Kills, King Diamond, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Motionless In White are all worth checking out this Halloween day. We’ll be watching the new Terminator film “Dark Fate” ourselves….