Finland rockers Snow White’s Poison Bite started off as a screamo/post-hardcore band with their first record ‘The Story of Kristy Killings’ released in 2010. We are in 2013 now, and the band will return on April the 16th with a new album: Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show. Quite a mouthful isn’t it? However, this does not sound like the name a typical post-hardcore band would have. Because it is not. Experimenting with new sounds, SWPB tried flirting with horror punk. Let’s see what they managed to do:
Like any horror inspired band wishing to send the creeps in the listener’s ears, this album has an intro, where the main character of the album, Dr. Gruesome, is introducing himself to the audience. There is also an outro at the end, less complex though, where the doctor closes his Show. Old school creepy sounds fill the record. Songs like ‘The Gruesome Gory Horror Show’ will make you sing along to lyrics like ‘Let’s go, go, go, go, to the horror show’. Some tracks like ‘There’s A New Creep On The Block’ and ‘Dr. Gruesome’ will make you headbang to the nu metal influences, and the lyrics of tunes like ‘Halloween Means Death’, filled with morbid images, will make fans of this genre grin. But the cherry on top of this rotten cupcake is, without a doubt, ‘Zombie Romance’, a pseudo-ballad introducing Michale Graves, the vocalist of the well-known band Misfits. It all starts as a romantic old school lovey-dovey thing, but turns into a fast-tempo gory creation halfway through.
As a downside, I feel that Jeremy, the vocalist – in experimenting with his ranges, which I really dig – seems to be trying a bit too hard sometimes to make his voice sound dramatic. This can turn out to be rather unnatural more than anything else in some songs.
All in all, this album makes a proper soundtrack for Halloween nights and meeting Dr. Gruesome was an absolute horror!