Gein and the graverobbers-Gruesome twosome
Gein and the graverobbers are a heavy, surf-instrumental band from Massachusetts. Their influences include Dick Dale, Glenn Danzig, Slayer and Iron Maiden. This is actually a two disc collection of previously released material as it includes their “Songs in the key of evil” album from 2003, “The passion of the anit-christ” album from 2005 and all of the songs off of the now out of print “Humanoids from the deep” seven inch from 2000. The band likes to wear zombie make-up on stage and have a horror theme running throughout their songs as they use song titles like “The Hungry Grave” and “A night on route 666”. The music is founded on classic surf acts like the Ventures and Dick Dale yet they crank up the speed, toss in some heaviness and don’t let-up. When I first heard mentions of a surf band that was influenced by Iron Maiden I was skeptical. Yet it’s true, they don’t sound exactly like Maiden of course but it’s the twists, turns and form that reminds me of them. I love the deep, heavy almost stripped down sound that they seemed to have mastered. A number of today’s heavy surf bands have a similar stuff, but Gein and the graverobbers have mastered it. You can hear the progression in their sound as the songs from “Humanoids from the deep” are raw and have an undeniable power. “Song in the key of evil” has a slightly slicker production, but the pace changes are more frequent and the band has begun to develop a groove at times. “The passion of the anti-christ” is heavier with a deep, richer sound and they mix up the style more often. This band is one of my favorite current surf bands because they have an undeniable flair and they continually trying to reach out and perfect their approach. Certainly worth checking out.