From the Latest Issue of Trigger Warning

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Read my latest published story and take a look around the magazine, there’s bound to be some other stories you’re gonna like.  Plus, that art.

 

 

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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are as The Sword were – a Sabbath-worshipping doom metal band with a serious case of the groove.  Where The Sword have moved on to allowing other Seventies hard rock icons into their sound, Uncle Acid have chosen to stay the course.  If you caught Mind Control two years ago, The Night Creeper will seem instantly familiar, and this can be good or bad depending on your thoughts on recycled Sabbath riffs and rotted psychedelic atmosphere.  Even if you’re getting tired of bands reappropriating classic rock, however, there’s a lot to like about The Night Creeper.  This is serious head-nodder music; the band can mine a groove like very few other bands, and they can manipulate the flow like masters.  When “Inside” starts bouncing after the hazy dream-inducement of the title track, you’ll start jumping up and down without even realizing it.  It’s “Slow Death”, though, that brings the creepy horror film vibe to it’s peak, with it’s atmosphere of dread fueled by a musical space that is not often found in Uncle Acid songs.

What it comes down to is this:  if you haven’t soured on hard rock riffs after all of these years, then The Night Creeper is right up your alley.  Otherwise, take a pass.

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Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

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Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Abyss is, at first blush, loud and crushingly heavy.  This is, of course, not new territory for Chelsea Wolfe; the L.A. singer-songwriter has claimed black metal, doom, drone, and dark ambient music as her influence since the very beginning.  Compared to her last album, 2013’s Pain Is Beauty, however, it’s practically a doom metal album in its own right.  A good deal of this is the presence of guitarist Mike Sullivan, whose post-metal group Russian Circles sets the standard for crushingly heavy guitar work.  The very first moments of “Carrion Flowers” make for the most oppressive sounds Chelsea Wolfe has ever engaged in, and the way her dusky voice cuts through the thickness is a moment of sheer frisson.  The album cover sets the tone perfectly:  the singer falling into deep water, sinking beyond breath, light, and life.

Unlike many of her influences, however, she manages to expertly balance oppressive heaviness with passages of lighter (though no less eerie) folk work; “Iron Moon” is the standard-bearer for this, shifting from the pound of sledgehammer guitars to fingerpicked strings and vocals with ease and a deftness of which a thousand grunge bands from two decades prior could only dream.  “Maw” and “Crazy Love” focus more on the quieter parts, outlining a masterful interplay between acoustic instrumentation and the singer’s emotive voice.  She even manages, on “Grey Days”, to incorporate programmed drums without having it sound out-of-place, or like bad Evanescence.  It’s gothic-tinged rock done correctly, without angst or pandering to the over-makeup’d karaoke set.

Abyss takes Chelsea Wolfe’s music to a new, heavier level that plays up her influences while still keeping the proceedings firmly in her own camp.  At times it feels as though the music is creeping out of your speakers to surround you, and smother you in darkness.  Rather than go over-the-top in this, like many of her influences, she keeps her music agile, dynamic, and always interesting.

The Nightmare Collective: A New Horror Anthology

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THE NIGHTMARE COLLECTIVE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES

PlayWithDeath.com, a great site for general horror, has released their first curated anthology of creepy, terrifying, spine-tingling tales.  Why am I telling you this?  Because I’m published in it, of course.  You can check out 12 killer pieces of short fiction, including my own “The First Mark Of Survival”, by grabbing it from the Amazon link I’ve very helpfully provided.

Don’t forget to leave a review when you do grab it!