DEAD GIRLS CORP “Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades”
DEAD GIRLS CORP “Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades”
For me living on the East Coast the Hollywood California music scene, could not be farther away, stories that emanate from it evolve more like fiction, or even legend in my mind. “Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades” the recent album release from DEAD GIRLS CORP, comprised of thirteen tracks, which unfold somewhat like that of an Anne Rice novel, flowing over a soundtrack mixed with Industrial Metal elements meets New Wave; brings that scene to life for me; with images conjured up of a seedy Hollywood underbelly, a dark glimpse of the Gothic music scene, or even a time before the “Vampire” lifestyle, became part of a watered down, household movie night. If you are like me and you enjoy a little bit of darkness every once in a while, DEAD GIRLS CORP is going to give that to you. I am not sure I have heard a band in that vein, which delivers so authentically on the trappings of that subculture, since the days of Type O Negative. In the last decade we have had many other Gothic attempts from bands, however for many the quick connection to Emo is what lost it for me. DEAD GIRLS CORP delivers on that harder edge, a bit of sex appeal, and the same gravitas that Peter Steele (Type O Negative) had. Its sinister, it’s dark, but there is definitely nothing whiney about it.
In fact DEAD GIRLS CORP pride themselves on representing “the goth chick cliques in Hollywood and the like scenes.” To be honest I am not sure what all that involves but DEAD GIRLS CORP, you have my interests piqued, and I want to find out more. To liken the sound of DEAD GIRLS CORP to anything else you have heard, you take the demonic ferocity of early Marilyn Manson, bring in that seductive element of Type O Negative, and marry it to a New Wave vibe, somewhere between The Cure and The Cult; and I think there you will find DEAD GIRLS CORP. The album is deliciously sinful. If you enjoy all the trappings of Metal, big guitar, heavy bass and drums; or if you like a little Punk Rock punch, or even a hint of Pop the album delivers the right mixture. The electronic elements on the album are well played and well structured, and flow through the songs well. I am generally a hard judge on music which features electronic elements, but in this album it flows and brings an added dimension to the bands repertoire.
Songs for me on the album which stood out as favorites were, “Dead Girl” ultimately an anthem for DEAD GIRLS CORP, and an instant description of what the band seems to embody. Lyrically the song reminded me of Type O Negative’s “Black No. 1”. The song is an affectionate description of a Goth girl, she sounds so bad ass that even I want to be like her. The music is a hard hitting mix of Industrial Metal, with Gothic elements which will melt your face off, and give you feeling of Romantic melancholy at the same time. This is the perfect song to start off the album, and an excellent choice as a single, and music video, which you can check out on video streaming sites like YouTube now.
“X’s No O’s” follows in a similar fashion to “Dead Girl” delivering an edgy yet catchy song, which will ultimately have you singing along with the chorus line. The music is a bit gritty, elements of Hard Rock, and a strong beat will keep you moving through the song.
The album remains in a fairly hard driving mode until you come to “Flesh for Fantasy” which takes a very New Wave turn, yet is placed at the right point in the album, that it fits perfectly. The song takes a page from bands like The Cult, and the vocals seems similar in part to that on, “Fire Woman”. For someone who often prides herself on loving heavier, grittier music I am admitting drawn to this song. It is a guilty pleasure, and I think you will agree.
The album returns to a heavier, more industrial soundscape after that song, until coming to “Promise Me.” “Promise Me” is surprisingly Poppy. However, it is not Poppy in a bad way at all, which for me is quite a surprise; when normally other than the more angst three-chord efforts of Punk Rock, I tend to shy away. The song has great energy, it’s catchy as hell, and you can’t help but find yourself signing along.
“Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades” is an excellent example of a well-made album, both lyrically, and musically. Beyond the glamour and over dramatization of all things Goth, the band is expert at their craft and play their music well. They are thoughtful in their song writing, and capture remnants of the styles they seek to honor, and highlights of the subculture they wish to represent, perfectly in an unfolding soundscape, of hard hitting industrial face-melts, to New Wave infused, Romantic allegories. Tracks are perfectly placed leaving something for everyone, and creating a dynamic throughout the entire album. This is an album you can listen to over and over and still find something new in each time. “Bloody Noses and Hand Grenades” is definitely worth picking up if you ask me.