"Designed by the Devil, Powered by the Dead" (Psychophonic; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Lesbian Bed Death is a pretty strange name for a band, but, wow, what a band!

"Designed by the Devil, Powered by the Dead" is horror rock with a different twist. The vocalist is female with a sexy, mature sounding voice which makes her even scarier than usual. The tracks are all solid hard rock tracks, except for a couple of eerie, Goth-like numbers.

My favorite track is "No Tears Please," a track with lyrics taken entirely from the "Hellraiser" movies; lines like "Jesus Wept" and "Your suffering will be legendary even in hell" and, of course, "No Tears Please." Cool song!

A couple of the songs go out of their way to be just plain offensive and don't quite work. Catholic Sex Kitten is one of those examples; a song with a title and lyrics like that should have some humor to it at least and it just doesn't. Hence, it loses its appeal.

Another great thing about this CD is the disc itself which looks like the control panel on the Lament configuration -- that's the box that the Cenobites use to open the door to hell. Nice packaging!

Again, though, I have to wonder about the band's name: Lesbian Bed Death? Maybe if someone out there explains it to me, I'll be okay with it. I checked Wikipedia and found something about lesbians having less sex than other couples. Interesting, maybe. The band of a name, I dunno. Let me know what you think!

For more information, check out http://www.lesbianbeddeath.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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