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The Creepniks - Graveyard Shindigdotdotdot
artworkFour of the tracks here are horror surf instros. The Creepniks always deliver gnarl for the graveyard. Three of these instros are from earlier releases.
Picks: Zombie Stomp, Pale Rider, Surfin' With Satan, El Gringo Loco

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.

Pale Rider dotdotdotdot
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.

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!

El Gringo Loco dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Gringo Loco" is a moody number with rolling drums and graveyard ambiance. The danger of the cycling double picked riff is all horror surf. More mood than song, yet it's darn scary.