Like the undead slashers celebrated in their songs, ICE NINE KILLS return with “The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood”, a sequel of gruesome movie-sized proportion to their No. 1 Billboard Hard Rock Album, “The Silver Scream”. “Welcome to Horrorwood” carves out a fresh, bloody homage to the VHS celluloid classics that possessed singer Spencer Charnas at an early age, with a devilish new twist.
INK make music both timeless and timely, mixing metal, hardcore and punk, with accessible power. New hard-rock-and-horror anthems like “Hip to be Scared,” “Assault & Batteries,” “Take Your Pick” and “Farewell II Flesh” demonstrate Spencer’s fascination with fright, pop culture obsession, and his expertise with inescapably wicked melodic hooks and clever twists of phrase.
The new album mixes the melodies, riffs, and wit that are the band’s signature, as heard in the Top 10 Mainstream Rock single “A Grave Mistake” and Top 20 hit “Savages.”
Dan Sugarman (guitar/vocals), Ricky Armellino (guitar/vocals), Patrick Galante (drums) and Joe Occhuiti (bass/vocals) are the current co-conspirators behind Charnas. Decadent, devious and fiercely insane, INK celebrate pop culture’s darkest edges, mining a cinephile library’s worth of iconic horror on “The Silver Scream and The Silver Scream 2”. The creative marriage made in hell of music and fiction began in earnest with the Top 5 Hard Rock album, “Every Trick in the Book”, which brought the previous three records’ themes to new levels.
In 2006, Motionless In White materialized out of Scranton, Pa., with an inimitable conjuration of sharp metallic rock, nocturnal industrial, magnetic melodies and larger-than-life visual imagery. The quintet—Chris Motionless (vocals), Ricky Olson (guitar), Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Vinny Mauro (drums) and Justin Morrow (bass)—quietly clawed their way to the forefront of hard rock, gathering nearly half-a-billion cumulative streams and views to date. Following the success of “Creatures” (2010) and “Infamous” (2012), “Reincarnate” (2014) sunk its teeth into the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, bowing at number nine and capturing #1 on the Top Rock Albums Chart. Both “Graveyard Shift” (2017) and “Disguise” (2019)cracked the Top 5 of the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and Top Rock Albums Chart. The latter yielded the band’s biggest hit to date, “Another Life,” which gathered 37 million Spotify streams followed by “Brand New Numb” at 24 million and “Disguise” at 17 million. Along the way, they sold out headline tours and supported everyone from Slipknot and Korn to Breaking Benjamin. The five-piece kept busy throughout 2020, releasing the “Another Life / Eternally Yours: Motion Picture Collection” EP. The band also dropped a cover of The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me,” and the standalone single “Creatures X: To The Grave.” Once again, MIW return to the studio and the road in 2022 as they perfect the poetically pummeling sound they patented.
Committed to uncompromising expression, with a foundation in hard rock tradition and rule-breaking iconoclasm, Black Veil Brides is a transcendent celebration of life-affirming power and anthemic catharsis. A gothic vision first summoned in a small town by an isolated kid fascinated with death, rock, theatricality and monsters (both real and imagined), Black Veil Brides is now a postmodern heavy metal institution with a legion of like-minded fans and supporters worldwide.
A new chapter in the band’s ever-evolving story arrives with “The Phantom Tomorrow”, an ambitious sixth album pushing the music of Black Veil Brides forward without sacrificing their beloved signature sound. Built around a thematically rich story, written by singer Andy Biersack, the album combines imaginative worldbuilding with unrelentingly catchy and melodic bombast.
The twin-guitar attack of Jake Pitts and Jinxx cut through with sharp precision, overtop the steady pulse of powerhouse drummer Christian Coma and the fluid, rhythmic dynamics of Lonny Eagleton. Biersack’s rich baritone croon and soaring passion are anchored in the biggest hooks of the band’s career. It’s evident in the 160 million-plus views of “Knives and Pens,” an early demo committed to video before singer Biersack had found his band of brothers. The RIAA-certified gold single “In the End,” which itself boasts over 150 million views, is proof that the group whose merchandise dominated Hot Topic stores before they’d even dropped their debut album was no mere passing fad or ill-fated “scene.” This was built to last.