Album Review: Skeletal Crew: Frankenstyle E.P. (2018)

September 10, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

To be perfectly honest with you creeps; a lot of what I review here I request personally, and when things are sent to me sight, or in this case “sound”, unseen (unheard…whatever) I get a bit on the nervous side…as I always think things have the overwhelming possibility of being a standard substandard piece of mummified dog shit. I have to admit I had that feeling about this E.P. release from Skeletal Crew…not that I’d heard bad things…hell I hadn’t heard anything…which of course made me even more trepidatious…but enough of that horseshit, because I pressed play on ol’ Frankenstyle, and I was well and truly blown the fuck away!!
Spread out over six outrageously hard rockin’ tracks that deftly blend fantastic metal stylings with subject matter you’d normally find in the best of horror punk; this is one hell of a slab of arcane audio. The vocals are a guttural growl, but are never hard to understand or sing along with (speaking of singing, there’s some strong background vox on these terror tracks as well), and the guitars scream like rabid banshees ripping through a ebony black midnight sky…adding up to a fantastic soundtrack to rockin’ and rollin’ around your pagan bonfire come Samhain season!
While each and every one of the tracks on Frankenstyle are rad-ass awesome; I think the stand out for me is Motherfucker In Me; probably one of the hardest chargin’ and most singable songs about a mass murdering psycho since Misfits laid down Horror Business in ’79! Although the title track is no slouch; and one of the few songs I can think of that makes fuckin’ a female Frankenstein monster into thing; so kudos on that one dudes!
To wrap this up; I have found a new favorite, and if you are like your’s cruelly (and who isn’t, right boils n’ ghouls) you are going to dig Skeletal Crew and Frankenstyle like a mother fuckin’ grave!


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