"In the Dead of Night"

By Dark Starr

There is a type of punk rock that's based around horror music, with groups like The Cramps as practitioners. This set fits well within that territory, but it also stretches beyond it. There is quite a bit of variety here, but it's all fun. 

"Dusk" opens the set and sound effects give way to some weird horror movie type music, electronic and freaky. I love the metallic grind on "Cut Me Down." It makes me think of the theme song to The Munsters in some way. That said, it has a lot of killer punk rock built into it. It have to say that there are actually some prog rock elements here, too. There is a short bit of piano at the end of this. 

"It's Too Late" comes in with some psychedelic rock in the mix. It's twisted, but feels a bit like The Beatles. They power it out into more of a crunch driven punk jam, but some of that same musical element is in the mix. I dig the punk meets surf vibe later in this number. It drops to more psychedelic rock based stuff for the rest of the tune.

"Rat Boy" is fierce fast paced punk rock. It's a stomper that is raw. The guitar solo leans more toward mainstream rock and there are some hints of power pop built into this thing. Speaking of fierce and raw, "The Night Has Just Begun" is literally screaming hardcore punk. It's a powerhouse, but not for the timid. 

A poppy kind of psychedelic sound permeates "I Wake Up Dead," yet it has a punky twist on that sound. It is bouncy and fun, but suitably strange at the same time.  "To The Night" seems to combine 1960s pop music with garage rock and punk. It's another cool rocker. It's energized and fun. 
Coming in with an almost metallic edge, "Beyond The Grave" is based heavily around old school punk rock. It's another screaming hot stomper. Sound effects type stuff opens "Cold Skin." The cut gets something a bit like metal as a first burst of sound. Then it drops back to a slow moving, moody kind of trippy punky music from there. I love this song. It's just so cool with a great punk meets horror movie kind of sound. 
Energized pop punk styled sound makes up the concept of "Deep Red." It is catchy and cool. It has a drop back section that adds a different dimension. There is also a bit of a metallic edge to some of this song. Another with a definite psychedelic edge, "Bloodsucker" is nonetheless full on punk rock. It's also a cool tune. 
Horror movie sounds start "Nightcrawler." Then it powers into some power pop meets punk styled stuff for the song proper. It drops back to a stripped back section mid-track and then powers out into a jam that makes me think of The Dead Boys a bit. Still, it has some definite old-school rock and roll built into it. At over four and a half minutes in length it is the longest track on the album. 

"Dawn" closes the disc. This weird little electronic bit gives way to sound-effects. It serves as a nice bookend along with the opening track.