Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Creepniks - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Creepniks play seven songs, three of which are moody instros. Vocals on this disc are the disturbed "Shadow Over Elkhart," the demented "Hellbent Sickobilly," the twisted "Zombie Kinda Love," and the almost normal pompous rockabilly groover "Freaky Friday."
Picks: Zombie Stomp, Surfin' With Satan, Pale Rider

Track by Track Review

Zombie Stomp dotdotdot
Horror Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing chords open the surf sludge horror of "Zombie Stomp." Dark, spooky, and weirded out by Theremin. It's funny how this is able to just stay this side of the gimmicky line. Grinning and shuddering at the same time.

Surfin' With Satan dotdotdotdot
Horror Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the evil opening laugh, you know "Surfin' With Satan" will be cool. It moves at a moderate pace with a slowly double picked lead playing a fine surf melody. Accompanied by a distant chorus, it has a slightly desolate edge, while otherwise portraying the sea settling down after a major storm. Very cool!

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Horror Surf (Instrumental)

At seeing the title, I had visions of the Aquamen's "Ride A Pale Horse" set to reverb. It was not to be. It was not to be. "Pale Rider" is a slow sludgy surf dirge, a morose death march with reverb. The down nature of the song is an inversion of what surf usually is, yet it is quite compelling. Chilling vibrato, distant chorus, and that ultra slow pace stretched out for 5-1/2 minutes. It ends up being a perfect funeral march for a fallen rider.