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Welcome back to another edition of Face Riff. It’s been a
while since my last installment, and I would like to apologize to my New Year’s
resolution for slacking on my productivity. Better luck next year, I suppose.
All procrastination aside, The Dillinger Escape Plan is about a week deep into
a two month-plus tour with The Deftones, and already we have collectively
devastated vast portions of the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The weeks to come
will undoubtedly bring more of the same, and for those lucky enough to have
gotten tickets to this mostly sold-out tour, expect to have your mind blown
like that dude in Cronenberg’s SCANNERS.
On the horror front, we here at Face Riff (and by we I mean
me) strive to secure the ties between horror and heavy music. This love affair
between the movie and musical macabre traces all the way back to the ’60s when
a little band from England decided to borrow the title of Mario Bava’s infamous
horror trilogy and dub themselves Black Sabbath. From then on, this
relationship has continued to flourish and the two have been inseparable like
Duane Bradley and his BASKET CASE of a Siamese twin brother. Bands like
Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagia and Mortician (just to name a few) took this love
affair and ran with it like a bimbo in a slasher flick, and the world has been a
better place because of it.
Recently, I had a chance to catch a screening of AFTER PARTY
MASSACRE, a film that celebrates metal and horror like no other film in
history. Plain and simple, this movie was made by metalheads and is for
metalheads and horrorphiles alike. Shot on location at Cleveland’s notorious
Peabody’s metal club, this film is eerily reminiscent of how I’ve spent a
majority of my adult life, aside from the severed limbs and dildo-cide, of
course. With a dimly lit bar, stickered toilets, blaring music and belligerent
drunks, at times I felt I was watching my own home movies. In addition, this
film has live performances from Incantation and Soulless, a soundtrack
featuring tons of brutal electronica and death metal and enough blood, boobs
and more boobs than you can shake a boob at. At times, the film lacks
coherence, but makes up for it with its genuine ambiance and fun-time nature. So,
if you love death metal and slasher flicks (and boobs), check out AFTERPARTY
MASSACRE and do your part to further cement these two miscreant genres
Flash-forward to the present day and the steamroller that is
the Dillinger/Deftones tour continues to smash the country. We even got dubbed
with one of those fancy Hollywood-esque power couple names—Dep/Tones. I took
this opportunity to express my love of music and horror with a custom guitar
pick designed by great friend Dave Graw at Gentlemen and printed by Jim Dumlop.
THE EVIL DEAD franchise has always been a shining example of a DIY ethic
transforming over time and developing into some of the greatest horror movies of
all time. This ethic has had a lasting impact and influence on me and seemed a
fitting visage to symbolize my love for horror films and music. There are
several thousand picks to go around, so get out to the Dep/Tones tour and claim
one for yourself. Until then, stay brutal and bloody!!!
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