Friday, July 25, 2008

Grave Robber-Be Afraid


I have always loved Halloween, horror movies, monsters and everything that goes along with them. So when I first heard the Misfits twenty plus years ago I was thrilled because here was a band who treated every day like it was Halloween. Their look, the lyrics, the album covers, the simple music and everything about them was just so very cool. Of course I wasn't the only one who was influenced by the Misfits as many people discovered them even years after their first run ended. One of the last things I expected was a band with Christian lyrics to be so heavily influenced by the Misfits. However here we have Grave Robber who are very much in the horror punk style with straight ahead music and their lyric booklet contains an explanation about the meaning behind everything they are doing. They obviously love the whole horror aspect though as it is evident in all of their songs and they wear masks and costumes. The music is simple and you instantly recognize the Misfits style although I thought that they actually lean more towards sounding like the Michael Graves version of the band than they do the classic Danzig fronted version. The vocals are more straight up and the music is a little heavier than the first run of the Misfits so they had me thinking more of the late 1990's version of the band. There are not as many "whoaa ohhhs" wedged into the lyrics and the production is so sharp as well so both those facts had me thinking more towards the second version of the Misfits as well. Grave Robber play a pretty likable if unoriginal style of punk rock as they plunge ahead and just go at it. They aren't bending over backwards to discover or even trying to bring about anything new whatsoever then again I liked every song on the album whether it was original or not. Yet they are obviously doing the music they enjoy and that comes across instantly.

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

so I wonder how many people will pick it up blindly thinking it's a death metal album...sounds fun, anyway

10:25 AM  
Blogger WRETCHED said...

Wow! Thanx for the kind words, Mark. Yeah, we aren't interested at all about pushing the musical landscape. We just like old school Misfits punk rock. I agree with ya that we sound more Graves era, tho. Probably 'cuz the recording is decent. I wonder how the Danzig era stuff woulda sounded with modern recording techniques?

Anyhoo, glad you liked it!

Escaping the grave,

P.S. I saw you reveiwed Alice Cooper's new cd. He's a fellow believer, too.

12:31 PM  

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