Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Big Monster Bash Volume 1dotdotdot
artworkThis is an interesting compilation. The bulk of the tracks are of the big guitar or rockabilly genre. Most are well cut and fun. Among the 21 tracks are 14 horror vocal numbers and 7 instros. A fine how-do-you-do for your next scare party.
Picks: Shark Bait, Frankensurfer II, Guitarantula, The Volumizer, Tree On A Guillotine, Gabrielle The Giant Mosquito, Devil's Dance

Track by Track Review


Shark Bait dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

King Memphis is a riff based number, with distorted guitar and a rockabilly beat, a progression in search of a song. Loud and fun.

Frankensurfer II dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Chantays' "Pipeline" with a different lead line. The energy is good, and the intensity is fine, but writer's credit should be given where it's due. "Frankensurfer II" is much more surfy than the earlier material from this band.

Guitarantula dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick and sorta Cramps like (except dry), this is a vibrato trembled melodrama with an evil sound. The intense whammy stings and edgie delivery give it an almost Link Wray feel.

The Volumizer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grodie surf slush with dribbling guitar and whammy. "The Volumizer" uses a simple riff that is quite effective. It's refreshing, like a variation on Monster Pete & the Chiefs' "New Frontiers." A slightly eerie and solid track.

Tree On A Guillotine dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A touch of pasta, a pleasant melody, and a sad feel, with the bass annoyingly too much in the front when a strong note is played. Otherwise, it has a nice Spanish bullfight feel, and is a good piece of writing.

Gabrielle The Giant Mosquito dotdotdot
Insect (Instrumental)

"Gabrielle The Giant Mosquito" is Santo & Johnny's "Sleep Walk" played with the mouth sounding almost like paper on comb, like an annoying mosquito. Pretty funny.

Devil's Dance dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Devil's Dance" is a most unusual track. The opening solo guitar reminds of "Malegueña," while the following rockin' blues grind and stinging guitar noodle are of "I'm A King Bee" origin. It's all too intense and well textured. It never actually develops a melody, but it relentlessly plows down the road with an infectious sound. Great guitar tones and production, like it was meant for a single.