Music Review: GRAVE ROBBER – Escaping The Grave

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Escaping The Grave
Rottweiler Records
2018

It’s been seven years since the last full-length album was released by horror punk stalwarts Grave Robber. Between then and now, the unit has went through enough setbacks and hurdles that would cause a lesser group to call it quits a long time ago. For a bit, it almost looked like we may have seen the last of our favorite undead agents of the Reanimator. But, you can’t keep a good zombie down, and now we have a new full-length release from Grave Robber, Escaping The Grave.

On Escaping The Grave, we’re given a collection of vintage raw melodic horror punk. After beginning with the classic horror movie soundtrack-sounding intro “Burial Ground”, the album then rips into the short but sweet “Into The Pit”, a very heavy, very furious punk rawk track that gives us a mere taste of what to expect with the rest of the album. Namely, some nice guitar-driven, riff-heavy and raw hooks, with some melodic sing-along touches and just a touch of the ol’ psychobilly. Songs like “The Evil Dead”, “Zombiland”, “The Beast Within”, “Lips Of Blood”, “The Conjuring”, “The Swarm” and “The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave” carry you along and makes you want to raise a fist and scream along with the choruses; “Jet Black Tears” has a good drum intro, rips right into a furious riff for the chorus, and then settles back to the spooky atmospheric drum rhythm for the verses, something different and good, while the last proper song, the title track “Escaping The Grave” ends it with a heavy and slightly upbeat tune. The last track, though, is the bonus Mad Monster Mix of one of my favorite songs off of You’re All Gonna Die, “Curse Of The Werewolf”. This is an electronic style, almost like one of those chiptune songs that’s popular in nerdcore culture. I didn’t really like this one at first, but upon further listens, it’s kind of growing on me. Much like extraterrestrial fungus.

Overall, Escaping The Grave is another solid, fun horror punk album from Grave Robber that I couldn’t wait to listen to obsessively. Here’s hoping things will look up for the band, and we’ll get more releases. Recommended.

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 2017 Easter Special

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2017 EASTER SPECIAL

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Music Review: GRAVE ROBBER – Straight To Hell

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Straight To Hell
Rottweiler Records
2015

After four years after the release of their last full-length, Grave Robber released a four-song EP in both the CD and 7″ Vinyl formats. Well, also as a downloadable purchase in the MP3 format on Amazon, which is how I got my copy. Again, this is due to lack of physical space to store all of my music hording. I’d rather have the 7″ version, but at the moment that’s not a viable option. Livin’ the life, people.

Straight To Hell is vintage Grave Robber, hard and heavy punk rock with a strong sci-fi horror bent, giving us a short but decidedly sweet shot of much-needed horror punk, Misfits style. The EP opens with the straight forward metal power of the title track, which is guaranteed to get your fist pumping in the air along with the anthemic chorus. “Hunger Haunts” is a classic horror punk rock ditty that was also used in advertisements for Canadian Feed The Children, with its message that the eyes of a hungry child should haunt us more than the made-up monsters we see on the movie and television screens. The final two cuts, “Beast Of Busco” and “Mummator” are fun graveyard rock tunes that close out the EP’s all-too-short 11 minute run time.

While one would argue that having a full-length instead of a four-song 7″ EP would have been preferable, I knew of some of the constraints working against Grave Robber with being able to release new material. I say, I’m happy getting new Grave Robber songs in whatever length and format they choose to give. Also, collectable EPs are cool. They only released a limited number of the vinyl 7-inches, but there’s also the CDs and of course the MP3 downloads you can purchase from Amazon and Bandcamp. Here’s hoping for more in the near future; for now, enjoy a nice shot of quality horror punk rock.

Uncle NecRo’s XMAS SPECIAL 2016

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.26

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SESSION 3.26

Featuring Cuts From: ANTESTOR, BLOODGOOD, BRIDE, CHASM, CRIMSON THORN, The CRUCIFIED, The DEADLINES, DELIVERANCE, DEMON HUNTER, LIVING SACRIFICE, PYLON, TOURNIQUET, ULTIMATUM, and ZAO…

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.23

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A Hill To Die Upon, Antestor, Avenger Of Blood, Bridgeshadows, Crimson Thorn, The Crucified, Death List, Grave Robber, Immortal Souls, Lament, Mental Destruction, One Bad Pig, and Tourniquet…

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO: Session 3-13 – The Halloween Hootenanny!

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SESSION 13

The HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY 2015!

Hey, everyone! It’s Uncle NecRo’s favorite time of the year! And to celebrate, I’ve whipped up a special Halloween Hootenanny for this session of Brutal Music Therapy!

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graveyard bats - crush your lie the deadlines - the life and death of... rackets & drapes - trick or treat kryst the conquerer grave robber - be afraid dark night - night of halloween coriolis - coriolis blaster the rocketboy - succulent space food for teething vampires alice cooper - the last temptation

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