"Zombeast" (Horror High; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Let's just be right up front about this: I am a huge fan of horror rock. Punk or metal with a horror theme will almost always grab my attention and I always look forward to hearing more of it.

That's why I was so excited when Horror High sent me three new horror-related CDs, all of which were to be released on Halloween. Zombeast was one of them.

Owing a huge debt to Glenn Danzig (and acknowledging that with a glowing mention in the Thanks portion of their liner notes), Zombeast play a hard'n'heavy brand of horror punk that will immediately bring to mind the music of the aforementioned Danzig, as well as the band he fronted, The Misfits. Hell, vocalist Mario Montechello almost sounds more like Danzig than Danzig himself.

With song titles like "Witch," "The Corpse That Won't Die," "Flesh Eaters" and "Wolfskin Killer," you know what you're getting into. And Zombeast delivers with a tight but still rough sound that will please any fan of the genre. There may be no new ground broken here, but there isn't supposed to be. This is great rock'n'roll for the Halloween season, but it'll play any other time of year if you're a fan.

Zombeast: Mario Montechello - vocals; J. Zombie - guitar; Beau Barthel - drums; Bryan Stewart - bass.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/zombeast or www.zombeast.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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