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Review: Creepshow - Creepshow I
Creepshow I

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 51:11
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 5, 2023
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Creepshow I

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (5 Votes)

Chicago's own anonymous horror freaks Creepshow came out of nowhere with their killer debut EP, Bump in the Night, and I've been waiting for their return since they released a single over two years ago. Well, they had it in their black, dead hearts to drag me into their murky crypt for an early look at their (as of writing) upcoming full-length, Creepshow I, and the fear of their spooky wrath is only a minor part of why I think this is everything I've wanted from them.

Creepshow have always been about old-fashioned, chaotic black/thrash with a B-movie aesthetic and musical theatrics akin to old King Diamond, and they still deliver the goods with a proper balance of ferocity and fun like they always have. They also use synths as an integral part of their craft, which goes a long way to create that cheesy horror film atmosphere that really sets them apart, and these aspects can be found everywhere from the wild "Midnight Hour," the ferocious "Blackstone Keep," and the catchy "Reign of the Goblin King" with its endless supply of killer solos. The band even steps out of their comfort zone a bit in spots, like with the gang shouts that support "Hexed by the Dead" and the fully instrumental "Geheimnisnacht," which starts off with an organ prelude before turning into a true B-movie horror soundtrack, complete with creepy sound effects. They even manage a cover of Slayer's "Spill the Blood" that fits their style surprisingly well, making it as interesting as it is creepy.

Just when you thought it was safe, Uncle Death and his Creepetes returned with another nightmarish work to cover the land in dark storm clouds, bats, ghouls, goblins, and enough killer songs for them all to party to after tearing you limb from limb. Beware that knocking at the door, it may just be them coming to take you to the Creepshow, never to be seen again.

Other related information on the site
Review: Bump in the Night (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Review: Midnight Hour (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and keyboardist Uncle Death on April 18, 2020 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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