NEKROMANTIX: Dead Girls Don't Cry: CD

Jul 11, 2007

Like their fellow travelers the Horror Pops and Tiger Army, the Nekromantix offer up fat, meaty basslines, diddly-diddly-diddly guitars and frantic drums for the heavily tattooed. These three Danes pick up the Reverend Horton Heat’s demonic punkabilly, add more than a hint of neo-gothic imagery (may as well cross over to as many audiences as possible, right?) and have subsequently earned a helluva substantial following both here in the States and in Europe. Dead Girls Don’t Cry, featuring a very imaginative “Nosferatu” cover, is chock-a-block with the sort of cheesy b-movie horror imagery first pioneered by folks like the Cramps. That’s fine for the most part, although tracks like “Where Do Monsters Go,” sound more than a little bit forced. That’s not surprising given the album was, by the band’s own admission, written on the fly with most of the lyrics dreamed up in a single night. Their follow-up to their 2002 debut (Return of the Loving Dead) offers no real surprises and those familiar only with their live sets may be disappointed. Those who are already fans will likely have less of a problem with the lyrical shortcomings.

 –eric (Hellcat)

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