Harvest Ritual - Volume I
(Red Stream) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 By now, everyone should be familiar with these masters of metallic horror, but for those who aren't, "Harvest Ritual - Volume I" is a good place to start! I'm not sure how to describe this other than in-your-face and a bit different. The guitar sound is very punchy, with a LOT of low-end crunch. The bass guitar is equally as low. It's almost like your ears are right up the speakers. Actually,the production overall is very up-front. The drums are very tight and crisp, with plenty of bombastic breaks and accents in the music. These rythyms are extremly catchy and moshable. There is even some erie sounding synths thrown in for good measure.
The vocals are a mix of caustic growls, along with some that sound like they are processed with a pitch shifter set down an octave. The songs are a very interesting blend of straight-up agressive mosh sections along with the slower sections with the quirky synth, with that haunted house type of feel. Perfect for an indie horror movie or for Halloween! "Harvest Ritual…" is a very unique record which should appeal to anyone into heavy music that is rhythmically agressive, and sonically haunting. I'm waiting for Volume 2!!
Nightmare Scenarios (DVD)
(Red Stream) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 WARNING! Do not attempt to watch this DVD while eating, whilst on a date, or when your parents are home. Killjoy and company have really outdone themselves on this, their second DVD release. Included are nine "videos" directed by various amateur filmmakers including Killjoy, a few of which resemble real band videos, switching from scenes of the band playing in what seem like basements, to creepy horror scenes. Other videos are more disturbing, like "The Divine Art of Torture," which is something of a soft-core horror gore porn, featuring half a dozen chicks in compromising positions, allowing "Coffin Joe" and others to treat them like dead pieces of meat, and east out their bloody asses. Cool, huh?
Aside from the video portion of this disc, which seems to be over very quickly, there is also a section for extras. These short clips include an interview with Killjoy, some behind-the-scenes on makuing the videos, a preview of their upcoming "Sickcess" DVD (which seems to be more of a documentary), and "A few words from Necro Goddess Jenna Jameson", AKA a 3-second clip of Jenna saying "Necrophagia Rules!"
Surely there must be an audience for this, though liking Necrophagia's distinct deathy music is not a good enough reason to pick up "Nightmare Scenarios." Instead, having no interest in the music yet liking the B-rated horror genre would be a more likely scenario. But if you are into both, then you're in luck! Have a bloody good time watching!
Enslain Magazine Issue #7
Hail the return of Killjoy and Necrophagia! The new 4 song EP is yet another classic necromantic gore filled pounding of vicious death metal. Killjoy's vocals are even more horrifying than on "Holocausto de la Morte" and the riffs are also more memorable. There seems to be an increase in the speed of some of the songs as well. Whether you are an old school fan of Necrophagia from the "Season of the Dead" days or a newcomer to their music, you must get this EP. Plenty of horror movie samples abound and they fit in perfectly with the bands truly horrifying sound. Keep an eye out for their video entitled "Through the Eyes of the Dead", as it should be a visual experience of unspeakable horror.-- Morbid Mario
Enslain Magazine Issue #6
Forget all those stupid sound effect CDs that come out every October. This is the ultimate Halloween soundtrack! It has everything. Drummer, Wayne Fabra, had a good, solid, sound. Anton Crowley's guitar work is very raw and crunchy. It's noisy sound must be intentional because it compliments the whole "corpse metal" sound. But nowhere near as much as Killjoy's vocals. When this horror/gore freak shrieks, I can't help but to have visions of demons, witchcraft, rivers of blood, ritual sacrifice, and gut-wrenching dismemberment. I'm sure some of those visions are due to the lyrical content. Not to mention the sound clips from such movies as The Exorcist. Also, the cover art contains pictures from some of the greatest horror movies of all time. I would have to say the best tracks on "Holocausto" are "Blood Freak", "The Cross Burns Black", "Cadaverous Screams of my Deceased Lover", and "Embalmed Yet I Breath". This album has been dedicated to the Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci. I'm sure Fulci would be proud. -- Dave B.