"Generation Zombie" (WhereAreYouFrom Records; 2012)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Generation Zombie" is by far Touch the Spider's best CD. The other CDs were too tame, too gloomy ... and a little too much the same. "Generation Zombie" is none of those things. Again, as you might expect, It's a horror rock CD in the vein of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson but heavier than Cooper and not nearly as industrial as Manson. And the song variety is much better, as well.

The CD title pretty much tells you what to expect, and the darkness and horror of it all make it a very interesting listen. This is the first Touch the Spider album I'll listen to again and again and I can honestly say I look forward to what the band pulls out of their hat next.

Again, I was not of the band's previous CDs but this one's pretty good. The band is finally heaidnn in ghte right direction.

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"Dead @ Last" (WhereAreYouFrom Records; 2011)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Touch The spider is gloomy horror rock that reminds me of a cross between Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and and Destination Oblivion. It's bleak, slow, creepy stuff that never really rocks hard but is definitely loaded with atmosphere and texture.

The only problem is that it tends to drag on and on. By track 7, the pace hasn't changed much, the gloom and doom is getting old and it's all just a too little same-y.

If you're a fan of this type of eerie, atmospheric sound, you'll find plenty to like here. If not, "Dead @ Last" might not hold your attention throughout.

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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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