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Eerie Von - Bad Dream No. 13
Thursday, February 15 2007 @ 01:00 AM PST
Contributed by: Sage

Bad Dream No. 13

Artist: Eerie Von United States

Title: Bad Dream No. 13

Label: Ghastly Records United States

Punk Rock

01 A Cage. Is a Cage...
02 The Bone Drone
03 In the Shade
04 Downontheslab
05 2 Tears in a Bucket
06 Prelude in Death
07 Meet Death
08 Bad Dream
09 The Perfect Criminal
10 The Velvet Shroud
11 Sing, Sinner, Sing!
12 Case Study #107 / Rec. Room 3A
13 Benediction #2

Eerie Von was once the bassist for the classic lineup of Danzig. He was also a roadie for the Misfits after he met Glenn Danzig whilst playing drums for 80's hardcore band Rosemary's Babies. He was once asked to join the Misfits as well, but declined. Eerie Von now has four solo albums under his belt, the third of which is Bad Dream No. 13. Eerie Von is also owns one half of the label in which this CD was released on: Ghastly Records. Also, as an interesting note, absolutely no computers were used in the making of this album.

As I have never been a Misfits fan and am only a moderate Danzig fan, I really didn't know what to expect or how I was going to take this release. I didn't even really know what to expect as I didn't know Eerie Von's personal influences or musical tastes. What I got was somewhat of a Danzig clone with much better lyrics and a drum machine [NOTE FROM AUTHOR:  Truely, the sound on the album is of a mechanical nature.  My personal project uses a drum machine for our music and they are quite similar in sound.  Unfortunately, the artist contacted us to let us know he plays live drums on this album except for one track.  This note is simply to clear up this fact.]. The sound on the album is very old school. I am assuming Eerie Von used analog for the recording process on this album, as he's stated no computers were used at all. While this album is not my personal cup of tea, being very slow and groove-oriented, it really is a decent release. Catchy and philosophical, Bad Dream No. 13 is an album full of old ideas seen in a new light and put forth through catchy choruses and droning old school rock.

In all honesty, Eerie Von is a reminder to me of when songwriting came first, and band talent came after that. The songwriting skills here are excellent, even if the talent shown isn't exactly post-standard. As a rock musician, you must rely on your ability to catch the attention of the listener and get them on the same level as you mentally. Eerie Von accomplishes this through catchy vocal lines and sagacious or sapient lyrics. Many Danzig and Misfits fans will find this album enjoyable, as well as old school rockers. However, those of you in the post-industrial and metal scenes probably will not find this release worth your time. This CD was enjoyable for me from a nostalgic point of view, but I can't see myself listening to it on a weekly basis.

     



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