Monday, February 2, 2015

Calabrese - 'Lust for Sacrilege' (Music Review)

Chances are if you're a fan of horror music, there are a few cornerstone bands you're well aware of. The Misfits, Type-O Negative, The Horrorpops, Gravediggaz (did I just shoehorn in a Gravediggaz reference? You bet!)

Perhaps you may not have heard of the brothers Calabrese though. Hailing from the unmerciful sandy wastes of Phoenix Arizona, these guys have spent the last decade producing the kind of quality horror-infused punk rock you wish The Misfits still made since they became a bizarre tribute band to themselves / 50's pop cover outfit.

Calabrese's latest release Lust for Sacrilege is a bit of a departure for the band. I dislike terms like "evolution" or "mature" because that discredits an artists prior catalog to an extent. So can we use the term "musically diverse"? Let's do that. Lust for Sacrilege is easily Calabrese's most musically diverse album to date.

The initial video release for the track "Flesh and Blood" gave a good indication that this album would be darker, moodier, and draw from a wider variety of inspirations. Diversifying from their earlier sound that was deeply rooted in punk rock, we see the trio dabbling into territory previously blazed by the likes of Type-O and The Cult. It's a surprisingly easy transition, with smooth vocals, and aggressive-but-catchy guitar riffs that provide some more ambient and gothic overtones.

There is still plenty of punk elements to be found on Lust for Sacrilege. The high energy drumming and periodic gang vocals are still present, but they are meshed with some more straight ahead alternative rock elements and droning tunes that provide a great variation across eleven songs.

I really enjoyed Lust for Sacrilege. It's dynamic enough to give a complete listen through, and doesn't wear out its welcome. Long time fans will most likely enjoy the further depth and heaviness built upon 2013's Born With a Scorpion's Touch, and it's a gritty but highly musical jumping off point for anyone who is new to the band. If it turns out you love this disc, then you can start heading into their back catalog to experience some of their more punk-oriented roots.

Definitely worth a listen for anyone who digs horror/gothic rock.

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