Horror and vinyl are two things collectors and enthusiasts go absolutely berserk for. It is entirely fascinating that both are bigger than ever, breaking through what some consider a niche market. The horror genre has become completely mainstream and vinyl sales have been climbing yearly to impressive numbers. But what happens when the horror and the vinyl combine? A synergy forms that shows no signs of plateauing. Death Waltz Recording Company, One Way Static, and Waxwork Records are the three main labels responsible for this storm of commotion, and for good reason. I recently headed a rare roundtable discussion with the three labels (Spencer Hickman of Death Walt Records, Sebastiaan Putseys of One Way Static Records, and Kevin Bergeron of Waxwork Records), diving into what is sure to be each label’s most successful month thus far. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a series written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Be sure to pick up TTR’s new album Colorblind on iTunes.
The mainstreaming of the bloodsucker flick hits hard for horror fans. The genre has become so watered down that it’s mutated into something I cannot connect with. As much as I love seeing a gateway for younger, more impressionable fans, something has sucked the life out the genre. The overly dramatic, sobbing WB vamp transformed us skeptical genre lovers into haters. Tweens have taken over and have glommed our monsters, while Hot Topic pseudo goths have also claimed them for their own. Now, people can’t tell the difference between One Tree Hill and something of genuine substance. And we can’t forget the other end of the spectrum, which is just an overly sexualized HBO perversion of the genre. Somehow over the last decade or so, vampires have turned into a soap opera circus and our aggressive cynicism is quite understandable. These movies were supposed to ooze sensuality and an undeniable mood.
Daughters of Darkness – an unusual, stylish, artsy Belgian classic – has been one of my favorites for years. When compared to other titles in the genre, it shows an extremely low death toll and hardly spills any blood, and the subtleties scream like banshees. Daughters of Darkness still shocks more than the painfully obvious monster movie. With more than a touch of class, Daughters is one of the first to exercise the eroticism we see in mainstream vampire films today, as it purposely treads between art-house and horror. Every time I watch this film, I fall in love with it all over again as I recollect my thoughts on why I love the genre. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a series written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Make sure to pick up their latest album Colorblind.
Call it an obsession, call it an infatuation, or frankly just call it a magnetic pull – but I am drawn to the vibe of the giallo era. “Vibe,” there isn’t a better word to describe it. From the hyper-stylized shots, to the ludicrous stories and chilling synth lines in the scores, gialli are more than just period pieces. In a great giallo everything lines up to create that perfect sense of mystery, murder, misery and, yes, vibe! However, there’s a charm to giallo that modern thrillers simply don’t capture. Perhaps the era has all to do with it. From beautiful countrysides to city grime, from haunting scores to ultraviolent Hitchcock-esque stories on acid that are peppered with all the flirtatious steaminess one can muster up. But of course not every film in the genre is solid gold. I’ll admit that some of the later pictures in this mold come across as vapid or dull. And the abundance of poor knockoffs and copycats just dilutes the pool of these clever, thought-out shockers. So for all the non-believers, I present proof you can strike gold in a silver mine. Director Sergio Martino gave us a debut that makes my top-five list of gialli, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a new series that is written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Be sure to pick up TTR’s new album Colorblind on iTunes.
It can be quite the chore looking for a film that is demented, bizarre and without a detour from the story path, just for the sake of shock value. An uncanny, natural flow is hard to maintain. How does it occur in a cluster-fuck of bold, brazen images that can cause epileptic seizures? You would also hope that somewhere out there, there is still something so bewildering that even the wildest dreamers wouldn’t be able to whip it up. So if you are yearning for something a little more to expand your visual palette, let’s take a trip across the Pacific for the ultimate kids-in-a-haunted house story.
Calling Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 landmark, House (not to be confused with the 1986 William Kat classic), a masterpiece would be an understatement. It is a visual spectacle you won’t believe until you experience it. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a new series that is written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics.
For those of you who don’t know me, I sing in Twitch The Ripper, and I’d like to welcome you the first installment of my new column, “Let’s Get Weird.” I had such a great time putting together some of my top-10 horror movies back in 2010, that the good editors of BD asked me to discuss my favorite films from my personal collection. These are movies that deserve more attention–from forgotten masterpieces and rare gialli to the trippy and offbeat.
Let’s get weird and dive right into my first pick. READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you not one, but TWO remixes of Twitch The Ripper‘s “Safe House”, which comes off their latest album Colorblind (Amazon). The first remix is done by Mat Devine of Kill Hannah while the second track is a remix by TTR themselves.
But here’s a Halloween treat for you: Not only are we streaming the songs but you can also download them for free! Head on below to get some free music and make sure to check out our review of Colorblind! READ MORE
It’s been almost two years since Twitch The Ripper brought their debut album Bodiless. In that time, a great deal has happened for duo Jon Dobyns and Lonn. They’ve gone on several national tours as well as signed to electronic record label Metropolis Records. All of this has combined in inspiring the band to create their sophomore album Colorblind. Heavily inspired by the glory days of 80’s electronic/synthpop, does this album work or simply leave my nostalgic taste buds disappointedly lacking? Check below for the full review! READ MORE
Connecticut-based synth band Twitch The Ripper are streaming “Strange Behavior”, a new song which comes from their upcoming album Colorblind (out August 14th via Metropolis Records). You can hear the song on their Official Facebook page. The band states that another song will be available for streaming in the next few weeks although they don’t say which one it will be.
Synth-pop act Twitch The Ripper have released details on their upcoming sophomore full-length album Colorblind, which will be released August 14th via Metropolis Records. The album was produced and mixed by Mark Saunders (A-Ha, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Cure, Shiny Toy Guns) and mastered by Ted Phelps (Imperative Reaction). Pre-orders are available here. The finished cover art and full track list can be seen below.
Electronic duo Twitch The Ripper (Bodiless review here) will be hitting the road this fall on The Triptych Tour, which features Imperative Reaction, God Module, and System Syn. Having seen these guys on the Thrill Kill Kult tour, I highly recommend that you go and check them out! Once on stage, they seem to enter a trance where the music and the performance is everything. It’s something that I rarely see and I enjoyed every minute of their set. You can check out the full touring schedule at their official website.
Eric Powell of 16Volt has sent Bloody-Disgusting his Top 10 Horror Movie list! 16Volt‘s latest album, Beating Dead Horses, came out last week, so make sure to pick up your copy at the Metropolis Records store.
Bloody-Disgusting favorite Twitch The Ripper have announced a full US tour that goes from this spring into the summer with all sorts of cool acts, depending on where you live. You might be seeing them with The Funeral Party, or at Darkfest with Ego Likeness and The Ludovico Technique. OR you might catch them with Thrill Kill Kult and 16 Volt. Sounds like no matter where you see them, you’re getting an awesome show. Twitch The Ripper have been huge BD supporters and we’re thrilled to see them hit the road and spread their music.
Bloody-Disgusting pals Twitch The Ripper have announced Feb. 1st as the official release date for ‘Bodiless’ (review here). The album was mixed by Grammy winner Phil Magnotti and mastered by Emily Lazar of The Lodge (Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode). As a celebration of the upcoming release, Twitch The Ripper is offering a free MP3 download of their track ‘Bright Is Impossible’, so snag it while you can.
So, we’re at the end of another year and we here at Bloody-Disgusting love sharing our favorites (and our most hated) of the past year with you. So, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite releases of the past year. Here’s the catch: I only used albums or songs from albums I reviewed in 2010. So, check after the jump for my “Best of 2010″!
2010 was the first full year of Bloody-Disgusting Music and it’s been one hell of a ride. We’ve worked hard to bring you readers contests, exclusives, reviews, originals and more, all because of our love of music and horror. For me personally, I’ve gotten to hang out with some of the coolest musicians, listen to great albums and write about what I love. Because of all of this, here is a random list of personal favorites from this year in Bloody Disgusting Music.
Twitch the Ripper have been making waves lately in the electronic world, doing several dates with The Birthday Massacre as well as an upcoming show with Combichrist. Jon Dobyns (vocals, synth, guitars) sent us a Top 10 Horror Movie list, which was a huge hit with you readers. Now, with their debut album, ‘Bodiless’, about to be released, we bring you our review. Is the album worth picking up? Is their music as good as their taste in horror? Find out after the jump!
Jon Dobyns of the electronic band Twitch The Ripper has sent us his Top 10 Horror Films and, well, all I can say is wow! This is a true horror fan that has some very obscure and very important picks listed below. Make sure to check out their website to hear stream two songs off of their upcoming debut LP ‘Bodiless’. The album does not have an official release date yet but expect it later this year, sometime in the fall. You can also sign up to receive a FREE sampler from the band. The sampler has two songs off of the ‘Bodiless’ LP and 15 lucky packages will contain a free Twitch The Ripper t-shirt! Honestly, how can you go wrong? No matter what, you get free stuff. Gotta love it. But anyways, make sure to check after the jump for this incredible Top 10 Horror Movie list from Jon Dobyns of Twitch The Ripper!
Connecticut Electronic group, Twitch The Ripper, have posted the first track off their upcoming LP Bodiless, called Disconnected.
“We are proud to announce that on June 15th, TTR will debut “Disconnected” at twitchtheripper.com. Disconnected is the first track off the upcoming Bodiless LP and you can exclusively hear it first, right here! It has been a very long process creating Bodiless. With production that began in early February and post pro ending in late May, I’d like to thank you for being patient with us.”
If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode, New Order, or Cocteau Twins head over and take a listen. The band also recently released the artwork for the soon to be released free Bodiless sampler, read on to take a look. READ MORE