Snow White’s Poison Bite – Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show
When I browsed through the list of records that were waiting for review I noticed one band with the description horror-rock. Since I really enjoy horrorpunk and related styles I boldly said: “that’s mine”. I was thrilled to find the album on my doormat a couple of days later and just couldn’t wait hearing it. It looked just right: cheesy artwork, a sticker that said Michael Graves (of Misfits fame) sang along on the album… What could go wrong here?
About 45 minutes later I sat down, scratching my head, wondering what went wrong… Well, let’s go back in time and see what happened: After pushing play Snow White’s Poison Bite starts out right, with an incredibly cheesy intro. I smile because of the incredibly bad introduction of dr Gruesome. The first song starts and I frown: where’s the horrorpunk? Well, could be the first song is a bit different and hey, I enjoy it when a band strays from the path a bit, so this shouldn’t be a problem. And then…. SWPB plays a breakdown. A breakdown? Why? Really, just… why?
I looked at the CD again, now noticing it says for fans of Aiden and My Chemical Romance (ok, and Misfits). That should have been a clue that this was not what I expected it to be. Also it’s released by Victory, a second clue that’s hard not to notice. Time to give the album a second spin and trying to be objective. There’s more than enough ideas to be heard on the album. There’s breakdowns, supercatchy choruses, creepy synths, intros, some grunting, Cradle of filth influences and even a rap-like sung part. Unfortunately the band can’t pull it off though. The guest spot for Michael Graves doesn’t make it better. If it wouldn’t have said so on the CD, I would not have recognized the man. Speaking of singers: Jeremy Thirteen (thirteen? come on, try to be a bit more original…) sings so incredibly nasally, to me he ruins the couple of moments I would have enjoyed would he have been a better singer (Halloween Means Death for example).
So… my second (and third, fourth and fifth, you can’t say I didn’t try!) try were disappointing as well. I gave up and played some decent horrorpunk to clean my palate again.
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Warned you! 😉
hehe, maybe next time I’ll listen… 🙂