HALLOWEEN’ING Day 10: “Trick Or Treat” (Rackets & Drapes)

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rackets and drapes trick or treat
Rackets & Drapes was a shock rock band from Denver, Colorado, that released three full-length albums and an EP, all with songs that played on horror themes with deeper meanings than just the horror. Their music also goes great in any Halloween playlist. Mind you, I really wanted to share “Scary-Go-Round”, off of their 2000 release Trick Or Treat, but for whatever reason i couldn’t find it on You Tube for easy streaming for this post. Instead, I went with the title song from that album. Which, given this is a Halloween-themed post, yeah, I guess this one makes more sense.

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 4-8-2017

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APRIL 8, 2017

Not even having a massive head cold will stop Uncle NecRo from dispensing the Brutal Music Therapy!

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – January 28, 2017

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Uncle NecRo’s TOP 100 CHRISTIAN ALBUMS FROM THE 1990s, Part 5: 20-1

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Here we are, arrived at Part 5, the final ten in this little mini-series on the blog. Hope it was good for you. I know you’re just itching with curiosity to know what the rest are, so without further adieu:

mortification-mortification20 – Mortification (Mortification)
…this was my first exposure to this new fangled style of metal that was Death Metal. Back in the tail end of 1992, on the trip back from a national youth group convention in Texas, someone in the van I was riding in lent me his copy of this album, because he saw the Destruction Comes cassette in my collection. I’ve been hooked ever since.

crashdog-mudangels19 – Mud Angels (Crashdog)
…what do you know, actual legit punk rawk, at a time when “punk” consisted of the radio-friendly pop styles of Green Day, MxPx and…some other bands, I don’t really know much about all of that. But this, nothing slick about this rawness.

circle-of-dust-disengage18 – Disengage (Circle Of Dust)
…dark, electronic goodness that goes great with brooding.

no-innocent-victim-1997-no-compromise17 – No Compromise (No Innocent Victim)
…one of the better of the so-called “Spirit-Filled Hardcore” bands I’ve come across, only slightly less pretentiously amusing than those Straight Edge bands.

one-bad-pig-i-scream-sunday16 – I Scream Sunday (One Bad Pig)
…while the inclusion of the duet with Johnny Cash on his song “Man In Black” is enough to warrant this as the best of One Bad Pig’s discography to date, there’s some seriously good cuts on this besides just that song.

leaderdogs-for-the-blind-lemonade15 – Lemonade (Leaderdogs For The Blind)
…since it was given to me by one of my alternative music snob friends, I was expecting just that. Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be pretty good industrialized rock.

pod-snuff-the-punk14 – Snuff The Punk [Rescue Records 1994 Version] (Payable On Death)
…yep, there’s Payable On Death in my collection. Yep, it’s been in there since long before they became youth group darlings. Yep, this original version is preferable to the post-fame remaster re-release version. Yep, I refuse to call the band “P-O-D”. Yep, even I want to punch myself in the face right now.

stryper-against-the-law13 – Against The Law (Stryper)
…like with the Bloodgood entry, this is the only studio album Stryper released in the 1990s, so I can’t include the previous releases. But, unlike the Bloodgood entry, this album is very good and should be listened to a whole bunch of times.

seventh-angel-lament-for-the-weary12 – Lament For The Weary (Seventh Angel)
…after only hearing a couple of their cuts on the Arise Skates compilation, I found this at a Camelot Records. Good find, methinks.

jesus-freaks-socially-unacceptable11 – Socially Unacceptable (Jesus Freaks)
…I remember this being the first legit thrash album I’ve heard from a Christian band, immediately comparing it to Metallica in their Ride The Lightning era. Oh, how adorable I was back then. Still, great little EP.

groms-ascension10 – Ascension (GROMS)
…pity these guys didn’t produces more than just this album. Great death metal, this one is.

seventh-angel-the-torment9 – The Torment (Seventh Angel)
…I like this debut album just slightly more than their second one, simply because it’s more straight-up thrash. They’re both excellent, though.

deliverance-what-a-joke8 – What A Joke! (Deliverance)
…my first Deliverance album, also my first exposure to the existence of Christians playing thrash metal. Which is why this one is the most-listened to album of their discography.

living-sacrifice-nonexistent7 – Nonexistent (Living Sacrifice)
…my first exposure to the band that is Living Sacrifice, I got this because of the cover art alone. I was thinking, “wow, they sell this at a Christian bookstore!” Fortunately, the death metal was fantastic to boot.

circle-of-dust-brainchild6 – Brainchild (Circle Of Dust)
…heavy industrial metal goodness. More in the vein of Ministry than Nine Inch Nails, and it still hasn’t gotten old over 20 years later.

klank-1997-still-suffering5 – Still Suffering (Klank)
…I cannot tell you how many speakers I’ve damaged cranking this thing. Or how many countless hours of darkness this helped me get through.

rackets-drapes-candyland4 – Candyland (Rackets & Drapes)
…I could write pages on how this album by this particular band was such a paradigm shift for me when I first discovered it, but that would defeat the purpose of a brief synopsis for this list. Maybe later.

vengeance-rising-destruction-comes3 – Destruction Comes (Vengeance Rising)
…you long time Vengeance Rising fans are probably wondering why I placed this one so high on the list. Well…it was the first Vengeance album I owned, and it was the first one to pop into my head when I was brainstorming. Also, sometimes you just need to sit back and GRIND.

tourniquet-pathogenic-ocular-disonance2 – Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Tourniquet)
…hmmm, what’s that? You’ve been wondering which Tourniquet album I deem to be better than Psycho Surgery? Why, it’s this one, silly. No, no, don’t feel bad. You’re not the only one who’s wrong.

mortification-scrolls-of-the-megilloth1 – Scrolls Of The Megilloth (Mortification)
…and the top spot goes to the greatest death metal album to ever be released, period.

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Music Review: MIND OF THE SICK – Anti-Devil Superstar

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Music Review: MIND OF THE SICK - Anti-Devil Superstar

MIND OF THE SICK
Anti-Devil Superstar
Independent
2012

Once in a while, in my ongoing quest to listen to and review all things METAL and good, I come across something that I on the onset I really, really want to like. I look at it and think, “yeah, this seems right up my ally.” But then, after giving it a listen, I discover, much to my chagrin, that quite the opposite has occurred. Even if I give it the rare second listen, just to make sure that I wasn’t just in a mood or something, it turns out that what I thought I was going to absolutely enjoy is suddenly on my pile of “why did I buy this?” files. Mind Of The Sick happens to fall squarely in this pile.

Mind Of The Sick is a one-man project that bills itself as a “zombiecore” project, in the vein of Rob Zombie. And with an enforcement like that, of course I’m going to bite onto this. I mean, there just isn’t enough shock rock/horror metal bands out there with strong Christian leanings out there. As a matter of fact, we’re kind of a dying breed, which saddens your Uncle NecRo. And since this was one of the albums being offered up for free legal download, I did so. And…well…

Okay, first the positive things I was able to glean from here. There are some good ideas put forth with the songs, that much is evident. There are some decent, crunchy guitar riffs and electronic programming going on. As far as style, I would say that the songs on Anti-Devil Superstar sound closer to Tonight The Stars Revolt-era Powerman 5000 than Rob Zombie, with maybe one instance where they sounded like Korn’s “Freak On A Leash”. Vocal-wise, yeah the guy does try for a grittier Rob Zombie like grunt thing, but while Zombie is good at it, here the guy just sounds constipated. Almost as if he’s channeling the late Macho Man Randy Savage. Add in the fact that, for whatever reason, the vocals are mixed in louder than the music, which is a tremendous distraction. Interspersed are soundbites from what sounds like Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the “Through The Bible” guy featured on many a Christian talk radio’s programming.

Overall, Anti-Devil Superstar has a higher-end demo quality that is decent, but the vocals need work, both the style and how to place them in harmony with the music production. Lyrically speaking, the songs are what you would call Youth Group quality. Overall, a nifty effort–adorable, even–but I’m not impressed.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.22

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Featuring Cuts From:

Alice Cooper, Antestor, Armageddon Holocaust, Betrayal, The Crucified, The Deadlines, Doomsday Hymn, Empty Tomb, Horde, Immortal Souls, Lament, Living Sacrifice, Ultimatum, and Vengeance Rising…

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.20

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SESSION 3.20

Hey! It’s time for some more Brutal Music Therapy! Strap in and bite down hard!

Featuring Cuts From:

Abated Mass Of Flesh, Circle Of Dust, Coriolis, Dagon, Deliverance, Demon Hunter, Disaffection, Faithbomb, Frost Like Ashes, Impending Doom, Living Sacrifice, Necromance, One Bad Pig, Possession, and Rackets & Drapes…

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