Monday, October 27, 2014

Everyone's entitled to one good scare! (or two, or three...)

Having just spent the whole weekend watching a ton of awesome new horror movies at the Knoxville Horror Film Festival (plus a completely sold out Rocky Horror at the Tennessee Theater--1500+ people!), today's song pays homage to one of my all-time favorite horror classics, John Carpenter's Halloween.

"Halloween Medley" by The Electric Hellfire Club opens with the band's industrial/glam/goth take on Halloween's iconic theme, which sets the stage for a 14+ minute opus of selections from classic horror-influenced songs. From the Halloween theme, the medley moves on to a snippet of EHC's own "Incubus," Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead," "Black No. 1" by Type O Negative, and ends up with an "Incubus" reprise. The band's spooky-sexy sound gels the whole thing together, and gets across the wicked spirit of the original versions of the songs they cover while still making them their own.

If you didn't know that at least one member of Electric Hellfire Club had been in My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, you might guess by their affinity for B-movie samples, dance-y beats, and fuzzed out guitars. EHC's lead singer Thomas Thorn left Thrill Kill Kult in 1991, but he took his love of sin, sex, and the devil with him to his new group. Electric Hellfire Club might be a bit darker than Thrill Kill Kult (they're definitely more Satan-y), but the basic elements of the two bands are very similar. 

Unlike Thrill Kill Kult, however, EHC has been fairly dormant for over ten years. "Halloween Medley" appeared on one of their last albums, 2000's Empathy for the Devil. All that might change soon, though--just recently they announced they have signed a new record deal and are working on an album to be called Tech Noir. Here's hoping you'll hear something from it here next October! Until then, check out the their masterful goth curating skills below.

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