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artworkYou can't have your serious hat on too tight when you listen to the Mysterons' CD! Aside from the frequent use of samples and narratives, the music is like artfully disturbed horror scenes for your ears. Ghostly sounds and demented content for the not-quite-right among us. Vocals include the mondo hickoidal "Cold Chicken," and the spooky soul groove of "Super Freak." There is also an unlisted track that is like a pots and pans percussion in a nut house exercise at the end.
Picks: The Gristler, Tiger Boogie, Rotten To The Cove, Bloodhound, Mr. Ghost Takes A Ride, Blood Sucker, The Sleeper Awaits, Spitfire, Devil's Ride, Tail Gunner, She Devil, The Tingler, Scream Chicken Scream, Into The Night, Night Of The Ghouls, Out Of The Mist

Track by Track Review

The Gristler dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Big Link Wray style chord rock, with lots of power and edge. While it's ultra simple, the life and lumbering grope of it all makes it very cool. Thick and intense.

Tiger Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hand claps and a slithery vibrato melody underlay a narrated tale of suburban joy. "Tiger Boogie" ranges from grins to haunted dungeons. Coolness abounds.

Rotten To The Cove dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tweaky pumping organ under blues jammy guitar creates a kind of carnival of the damned haunted scene. "Rotten To The Cove" is uncomfortable and attractive, with an unusual sound and relentless structure.

Bloodhound dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hard rock thrash and burn riff rock. Despite a few buried glissandoes, the raw edge and backtrack structure keep it from moving into surf territory. Non melodic, like a chord structure for a song.

Mr. Ghost Takes A Ride dotdotdotdot
Ghostly Surf (Instrumental)

Ghosts on orange waves of horror... "Mr. Ghost Takes A Ride" is too cool, with its slithery and artful spectral occupation and spooky atmospherics. The warbly keys complete the weirdness quotient perfectly.

Blood Sucker dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick hard rock guitar chordology, meanly fuzzed over a pumpin' post Link Wray backtrack. Thundering rock for rescued hippies.

The Sleeper Awaits dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Slush (Instrumental)

Soft wah wah slush and slither for an evening viewed through a haze... kinda groovy, kinda squishy, kinda psychedelic.

Spitfire dotdotdotdot
Desert Rhythm (Instrumental)

"Spitfire" is a tuff riff rocker with strange chorus lines and a poppy edge. If you can imagine American Idol in an insane asylum where Link Wray was once a resident, you might get a sense of this song.

Devil's Ride dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti (Instrumental)

A spaghetti western shootout opens this rhythmic and attractive song, with a desert guitar and beautiful chords. The backtrack is well suited, with delicate rolling drums and smooth bass, and haunted keys. "Devil's Ride" is a very friendly track. Not exactly melodic, but rhythmic with an infectious progression. There's no mistaking the sense of open range adventure in this fine instrumental.

Tail Gunner dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dark chunk riff rock with a sub-surf sense and a pair of gruff textured guitars playing well against each other. A nice composite of rock and distortion.

She Devil dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bass grumble and chunka chunka soul groove with a long distant fuzz whine. Not melodic, but visual and a little dangerous.

The Tingler dotdotdot
Shadow People Surf (Instrumental)

Hipster finger poppin' strangitude in a windy ghost town waiting for the train that never comes while near-subliminal narration spooks the children. It's a brooding shadow people kinda tune.

Scream Chicken Scream dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Scream Chicken Scream" sports big guitar twango with power and thick whammy. This is a real grinder of the first order, with mondo grunge and grit. Way cool riff rockin' power grind.

Into The Night dotdotdot
Hipster Jazz (Instrumental)

Tweaky clubby jammy jazzy noodling in a Jimmy Smith on Quaaludes kinda way. "Into The Night" doesn't exactly have a direction, but seems like the sorta thing that can backdrop to a party of hipsters well.

Night Of The Ghouls dotdotdot
Biker Groove (Instrumental)

Fuzzy atmospherics, groovy drums, thumpy bass, and a sense of a biker party in the distance that you know your should avoid. Kinda cool!

Out Of The Mist dotdotdotdot
Misty Surf (Instrumental)

Like the distant call of the whales, the sirens sing their lurid songs while the surf gently rolls in. The sun is setting and you know that if you stay out past dark, you won't be returning. Very haunting and cool.