GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD – MONSTERS FOR THE MASSES
- RELEASE DATE: Available October 21st (Click Here to Pre-Order a Copy)
I’ve been following Seattle Washington’s Darkwave shock rockers Ghosts in the Graveyard for a while now, and I was pleased as poison punch when I was offered a chance to spin their upcomin’ arcane album MONSTERS FOR THE MASSES in the ol’ Crypt o’ XIII!
Comprised of 13 tracks (‘natch); MONSTERS FOR THE MASSES is one ultra-cool slice of witching hour supernatural sonics for your eerie ear holes. Featuring haunting old school style Goth vocals intertwined with spookshow synths (that somehow remain downright “poppy” in a New Wave vein) mixed with anthemic shouts; this album is the absolute perfect Halloween soundtrack for those of us that were shoe gazers with midnight black hair before being that way was “cool”.
Stand out tracks for your’s cruelly are Better in Black; a sing along anthem for everything dark and spooky, the slow drone of Monster Mask, a track that would be at home with the work of Samhain (particularly during their November-Coming-Fire period), and The Danse Macabre, a song that totally would have been the big love song from an alternate universe John Hughes flick…PRETTY IN BLACK perhaps?
Also of note are the snippets of a home-made horror story recording narrated by the band’s lead vocalist/lyricist Byron C. Miller when he was a wee terror tyke. It’s a great bit of ambience, and shows just how far back his devotion to the horror biz runs; it also gives a dark album a surprising charm and heart that many in the genre lack; plus it brought back the warm and freaky-fuzzies of makin’ my own terrifying tapes as a monster-kid.
If you are a fan of Bauhaus, Closer era Joy Division, or (very) early period Ministry; light up a clove cigarette, pour a glass of red wine, turn down the lights and let MONSTERS FOR THE MASSES take you to a creepy/cool land of eternal Autumnal dusk.