Brand New and hot; gothic and creepy, the horror exuded by Thee Massacre ’s EP Horror debuted on this year’s Halloween can only be matched by that found in hell itself. The piece is not the type you expect from any other noisy group claiming the title of Horror Metal artists. This is a masterpiece by select experts. The band could not have been named any better: Thee Massacre, because ‘massacre’ is the idea they are perfect at creating; and this output- Horror is a true attestation to that.
The fear factor is apparent from the very start. The EP kicks off with a bloodcurdling ‘Retribution’ in which a chilling voice, the voice I’d consider the Devil’s, or that of a close friend of ‘his’, vows to exterminate some folks; good folks. Right then you start to meet your controversy. Just before you get chilled to the bone, you are woken up by a throbbing sound form their Drenched in Blood and Sweat, the first track on the list. Careful, you might jump from your seat here. The drumming just gets me rocking along!
Then comes what I consider my best: Skin Suit. Damn, this is just the song for me! The melody, the tempo. I just can’t tell how they manage to put together the rhythm within an eerie piece of art. This gets you carried away without mistaking the brutality of its message.
If I had two votes, I’d dish out the other for Bloodshed and Gore. I am brave but still I afford the fear just listening to the lines in this track. Then there is Her Name is Death! You have no excuse but to love this one. The picture is vivid, the intent of the character is clear, and you can clearly feel the message. The aura of desperation created by being the target of the death factor therein is apparent.
It is not too hard to understand why Thee Massacre could pull together such an effective piece if you consider the composition of the band. With DJ Gunnarson who actually co-wrote the last Cradle of Filth album and was a founding member of White Empress on the guitar, Eric McMahon on Vokills, Blaine Santillan with the Bass, Chris Piette on the Drums and Jeffrey Kornfeld handling the keyboard and the sounds, you are left with a feeling of awe and a spontaneous thumbs-up to the team.