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Gein and the Graverobbers - Songs In The Key Of Evildotdotdot
artworkAs a garage surf release, Songs In The Key Of Evil is well within the pack, and fans of that sub genre will likely enjoy this CD. An intentional lo-fi recording.
Picks: Season Of The Dead, London After Midnight, The Soul Collector, M, Wolfsbane, A Night On Route 666, Through The Trees, The Devil's Skin, The Crypt Keeper's Holiday, The Haunted House, Transylvania, Out Of The Shadows, The Left Hand Path

Track by Track Review


Season Of The Dead dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Season Of The Dead" slowly fades in to a relentless progression under a spooky narrative. Interesting once.

London After Midnight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strong and slightly angry traditional surf, with late night grumble and very cool drums. "London After Midnight" is not exactly melodic, but the riff stands up well, and the energy adds to that. Power glissandos and gloomy surf.

The Soul Collector dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The beat and bass and progression combination in "The Soul Collector" is unusual and quite effective. While it's not really melodic, this riff rocker is nonetheless infectious. It's a dark and somewhat moody song, with a relentless intensity and sense of danger. Like a brooding inversion of a trad surf song, "The Soul Collector" nearly powers it's way into the center ring. Lots of intensity and great drums with the fire restrained by the demo mix.

M dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"M" opens with the familiar riff from the Edvard Grieg classic "In The Hall Of The Mountain King." Once that passes, "M" becomes a power-centric non-melodic menace that's just too much the same throughout.

Wolfsbane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dark ode to the herbal antidote to the illusive werewolf, "Wolfsbane" is a gloomy and almost threatening song with tribal power and relentless progressions. Non melodic, but throbbing enough to keep attention.

A Night On Route 666 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a dark frat rocker with reverb, "A Night On Route 666" pumps and chants and gnarls, but doesn't quite gel. It has plenty of spunk and splash, but lacks a melody that sticks with you. Still, it's an entertaining track with tuff drums and grumbly bass.

Through The Trees dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With some of the drama of a spy theme gone amok, and the relentlessness of a fast lane trance, "Through The Trees" has a dangerous and on the edge of intriguing melody line that seems to lurk just below the murk.

The Devil's Skin dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The circular riff and powerful rhythm section are in the crunch arena of the Cramps and others like them, but without the flare. "The Devil's Skin" seems under developed, maybe too dependent on the riff.

The Crypt Keeper's Holiday dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm section provides an interesting and original framework for an intriguing guitar line. The drums and bass are just where they need to be, relentless in their power, and the drum fills are perfectly placed.

The Haunted House dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Howling wind brings on a chumpy beat and kinda TV horror melody line. Not as catchy as the theme from The Munsters, but in that general direction, but a little more plodding and moody.

Transylvania dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The drama of the opening and the fine structure of "Transylvania" are just held back a bit by the production and unchanging guitar register. The tribal drums in the break are cool, and the idea very good.

Out Of The Shadows dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Out Of The Shadows" is scary right from the opening. The shift up in register adds greatly to the staying power of this some. Fire in the dark basement of your imagination threatens to overtake you. Cool track.

The Left Hand Path dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line here is on the quirky side. It doesn't flow, but the discomfort it creates adds to the chill of the horror that lies beneath.