"Serenade the Samurai" (Rotten Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann


I have to disagree with my compatriot Mike SOS. I like this band's name. However, I do agree with Mike that Vampire Mooose is one talented band.

"Serenade the Samurai" it starts rocking hard and heavy right from the start. The music is full of dark images and even darker lyrical content. The entire package was like a ride on a roller coaster through hell, with plenty of bizarre metaphors to keep me interested throughout. The band likes to keep things fun and here are some of the titles of the songs, just to give you an idea of where they are coming from: 
"Serenade the Samurai"
"1 point 21 Gigiwatts" (a reference to a line from the "Back To The Future" films)
"Estaban was Eaten"

Actually, it's difficult to tell you exactly what the songs are about because the vocals are raging, raw and nearly impossible to decipher. Still, after a while, you get used to it and the overall experience is one to be enjoyed. 

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"Vampire Mooose" (Rotten Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Talented band, dumb name. When a group calls itself something like Vampire Moose, it's hard to know just what to expect, but these four St. Louis scene veterans wouldn't have it any other way. 

When this band decides to get heavy, it grinds with unabashed viciousness, such as in "Dose Mozaros" and the dastardly grooving "Colonize." And, despite the fact that Vampire Moose is decisively a heavy troupe, a few hints are dropped along the way showing that they can mix it up, too, rivaling bands such as Candiria and Dillinger Escape Plan in the avant garde metal style. 

Vampire Mooose is dark and brooding yet muscular and, ultimately, crushing - so maybe that dreadful band name actually fits and, in fact, describes this eclectic clan perfectly after all.

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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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