May 19 2017

6’+ Episode 204 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Are you ghoul enough for this ghoulish episode? We think so. It’s wall-to-wall ghouls, as we’ll hear ghoul music from THE PRETTY GHOULS, RUNNING FROM DAYLIGHT, THE LIVING CORPSES and more. Monstermatt Patterson’s jokes are so putrid, they confuse a pack of ghouls into thinking he’s lunch in the MONSTERMATT MINUTE, and Kraig Khaos slices and dices up a fresh KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

May 07 2017

Free Zombie Music V

It’s Zombie Awareness Month and I have 13 freshly dug tracks for you. There’s a little something for everyone, all arranged in no particular order. There’s also a lot of zombie-related love songs this time around, so be prepared for stuff even mushier than brains. Be sure to click on the link on the left for the free download and the one on the right for the artist’s official website:

“War of the Zombies”Creepersin
“Zombie of Love”Family Ghosts
“Zombie Girl”The Feejee Mermaids
“Zombie for Your Love”The Hungry Onions
“Zombies on my back”The Wild Zombies
“zombie heart (acoustic demo)”Cynthia Lin
“Zombie”Crude Caress
“Little Zombie”Izzy Von Scarecrow
“Prix Zombie”Horror Deluxe
“Zombie Prom”Ghoul Patrol
“Go Go Zombie”Under A Nightmare
“Drinking Trioxin”Under A Nightmare
“Zombie Boogie”Mad Tea

As always, Ray O’Bannon is offering free printable CD sleeves and tons of other zombie goodies for you to enjoy. If you burn this compilation to a disc, I highly recommend using one of his sleeves to store it in. You can even print out the image illustrating this article and glue it onto the sleeve if you want to!

Special thanks to the CDC for offering the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the tracks listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…

May 06 2017

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is finally here! The only problem is how we can’t seem to directly link to cover art images from the official Free Comic Book Day Facebook page anymore. Please don’t let such a small setback spoil your enjoyment of this small selection of the many titles that will be available at participating comic book retailers:

I Hate Image – Image Comics
Rick and Morty – Oni Press
Doctor Who – Titan Comics
Lady Mechanika – Benitez Productions see last year
Buffy: The High School Years – Dark Horse Comics
Colorful Monsters – Drawn & Quarterly
The Incal – Humanoids Publishing
Attack On Titan – Kodansha Comics
Spill Night – First Second

Yes, that last comic is indeed related to Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone and, no, this isn’t the only bonus we have for you! We also found a Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter motion comic which ties into the hilarious television series on Adult Swim:

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter: Joe-Rigins (like the series which spawned it) has plenty of adult content, so please keep that in mind before clicking “Play.” Thankfully you don’t have to be familiar with the series in order to enjoy the comic. There’s much love for PFFR at GdL16, so you had better believe there’s plenty of anticipation here over its second season starting on May 22nd.

Our promotion of the show, along with our promoting Free Comic Book Day, is done on an unofficial (in addition be being unauthorized, and unsanctioned) basis. Here’s hoping you have a very…

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

May 05 2017

El Santo de Mayo 2017!

Back in 1992, Southern Culture On The Skids released a vinyl EP called Santo! Sings on the now long defunct Zontar Records, in both black and transparent yellow pressings. The latter are very rare, so consider yourself lucky if you have one. If you don’t have either version, you can still enjoy the album’s only Santo-related track “Viva Del Santo!” Not only was the album released with additional material and new cover as Santo Swings by Estrus Records, but you can listen to its official upload thanks to the Southern Culture On The Skids topic on YouTube:

You can also listen to the other tracks on the album through the topic link, along with many of their other albums! Speaking of albums, how about that cover art? Whoever did it clearly loved Mexican horror cinema and Mexican lobby cards for such films. They simply couldn’t resist putting in German Robles’ Count Karol de Lavud (Duval the Vampire) character in there despite his having never appeared in a movie with El Santo. Please feel free to add your own comments about the characters on the cover art below (or if you have any information about El Hijo del Santo’s seeming return to the ring).

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 01 2017

6’+ Episode 203 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Head west and go psycho! Six Foot Plus comes back with mostly psychobilly music and a splash of southern blood, with a brand new song from GHOULTOWN. Plus, hear tracks from SUGAR PUFF DEMONS, AS DIABATZ, garage rockers THE MAD DOCTORS and more. Plus, Monstermatt Patterson goes wreckin’ in the MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Apr 23 2017

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is going to be on May 6th this year, so make sure to set a reminder for yourself! We’ll be posting one on said day, along with a look at titles of interest and a bonus surprise.

For more details, simply head on over to Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page.

Apr 22 2017

Record Store Day Is Here!

It might not be the third Saturday in April, but it’s still Record Store Day! So here’s our annual unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) celebration of the event. Whether you don’t have a participating store in your area or just want some more goodies after you get back from the local record store, we have a wonderful selection of stuff for you. Let’s start with some suggested vinyl purchases:

Thee Corsairs/The Fink Bombs
The Mad Doctors
Lee Rosevere
Buio Mondo
Brand New Hate
Lycanthia and Atten Ash
Dr Loomis and the Freakies
The Dahmers
Raygun Cowboys
Contessa & The Squires
X Ray Cat Trio
Drakula

Although many of these are listed with a price given in non-American currency, you can click on “Buy Now” to get the option to pay in your currency of choice. Supplies are limited for most of these, so act fast and buy while you still can!

You can always name your own price for this next batch of albums if you don’t like any of the above prices. If you like metal, be sure to check out the doom metal greatness that is Second Grave and the thrash stylings of Ape X and The Neanderthal Death Squad. The Wastedeads have an entire live concert available as a single track while Protector 101 is offering a rare look at his early works in the traditional multiple track format. Horror of 59 has two albums for you and Graveface Records has a fantastic sampler album. Similarly, Intravenous Magazine is offering numerous compilation albums. If you only know of Robby Bloodshed from his time with Bad Whoremoans, then you need to check out his solo work! Some artist have anticipated how many will choose to buy their work for nothing and have made additional offers in order to tempt them into actually giving them money. The Phantom Operators are donating half of their profits to the Fender Music Foundation and Stuart J Attic has pledged to give any dollar amount paid for this album to legal aid for families who have had their homes foreclosed. So open your heart along with your wallet.

But there are options for those who don’t have any cash to spare. Dragula might be long gone, but you can still snag some of their music for free. The Dead RocksOne Million Dollar Surf Band is available on the The Internet Archive. They also have a greatest hits album from Jonathan Coulton. The Apes Party mixes surf and punk while Motor City Madness has plenty of garage punk goodness for you. Cyco Sanchez Supergroup has a massive live album available for free on Bandcamp while Cooter and the Crawlies only have a small sampler. Other such sample EPs are available from Midnight Zombie Alligator and Beastmen.

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Apr 16 2017

The 8th Annual GdL16 Easter Egg Hunt

Look what hopped down the bunny trail! It’s the latest version of the Gravedigger’s Local 16 Easter Egg Hunt! There’s only one article with a secret “Easter egg” noted in it this year, but it’s well hidden. Is is something old? Something new? Did we decide to play up the “Easter” in “Easter Island?” You’ll have to look through all of the following links to find out. Let the hunting begin!

Sudden Chillers
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Fezcapade
Music to Haunt By: When Time Ends
The Mission Creeps, FRIGHT NIGHT CREEP OUT
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Maritime Mysteries
Alexandre Desplat, GODZILLA: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Monster Mania: Music From The Classic Godzilla Films (1954-1995)
Music to Haunt By: Cellblock
Midnight Syndicate, CHRISTMAS: A GHOSTLY GATHERING
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Alika Lyman Group
Midnight Syndicate, AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Happy Easter!

Apr 10 2017

Record Store Day Is Coming!

Record Store Day is scheduled for April 22nd this year and there’s plenty of interesting stuff to be found in the 2017 selection. There a vinyl releases for the soundtracks to The Dark Crystal, Blade Runner, Star Wars: A New Hope, and even a reissue of the audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons with bonus sound effects tracks! That Doctor Who story is also by the man responsible for The Slide, so there’s an additional reason for GdL16 readers to be interested. Even the regional releases have cool stuff like Lost in Space: Title Themes from Irwin Allen’s Hit TV Series and White Zombie’s Gods on Voodoo Moon on vinyl. Don’t forget, this is only a small taste of all the releases available on the big day!

You might have noticed how Record Store Day isn’t on the 15th like those familiar with the event would normally expect. According to the official Record Store Day Facebook page, this was due to the 15th falling on a weekend associated with Easter and travel in many countries and the event should go back to its normal schedule. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out a handy hint about saving money!

You can learn much more about Record Store Day at its official website, which has everything from the full list of
Record Store Day releases to a list of all of the participating stores. Gravedigger’s Local 16 will be celebrating with our own unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) selection of freebies and vinyl LPs you can pick up once you get back from your local store. So make sure to come back here once you get back from your local record store!

Apr 04 2017

The Mission Creeps, FRIGHT NIGHT CREEP OUT

The Mission Creeps
Official Site
Fright Night Creep Out, Refractory Records 2016

It’s been quite a wait since the Mission Creeps released Midnight Blood back in 2013. Thankfully Fright Night Creep Out is finally here! Has the band lost something over their lengthy break or have they only gotten better with age? Let’s find out!

The title track “Fright Night Creep Out” really puts the “surf” in “surf punk.” James Arr croons and howls (literally) throughout the track and there’s also a fantastic guitar solo. One listen and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. The surf is also strong in “Party by the Lake,” where bassist Miss Frankie Stein really shows off her skills. I’m still struggling over choosing between this and the first track as my favorite song of the album! Theremin work and maracas which sound like rattlesnakes usher us into “Doing Time in Ol’ Tucson.” The vocals have a definite Johnny Cash influence which goes nicely with the brooding guitar work and steady percussion. In contrast to the lyrics about outlaws and jail, it really piles on the electronic effects towards the end. It’s not a complaint, mind you. Just an observation. The guitars of “Not as Wicked as You” grab your attention right from the start. Don’t expect them to let go or you’ll be sorely disappointed. But that’s the only possible disappointment you could ever have while listening to this. The eerie echoes and the sound of chittering bats are a great touch. Turn up your stereo and turn down the lights for this one!

Is it love or something else entirely? That’s the question posed by “Hexed (Some Form of Witchcraft),” whose lyrics tell of a woman’s bewitching effect on the singer. There’s a distinct 60’s feel to this one. Speaking of which, the Mission Creeps’ take on the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” is both heavy on the maracas and sure to please fans of the original while adding enough new twists to keep things fresh. I can’t be the only one out there who gets flashbacks to Stir of Echoes whenever they hear this. “Killer Gnome” is as catchy as hell, right from it’s heavy fuzz introduction. I also love the creepy laughter at the end. You’ll be singing along and bobbing your head to the guitars as you listen. Trust me. “Wasted” is fairly fast ‘n furious, drawing the listener in right from the first note. Even when it slows down for the home stretch, the mesmerizing guitar work will keep you hooked. It must be experienced in order to be truly appreciated.

Fright Night Creep Out shows the Mission Creeps have still got it and I doubt they’ll ever lose it. Unlike a lot of artwork associated with horror movies, the album’s cover art accurately depicts the frantic and frightful rock feel of this release. So hurry up and grab a copy now!

Special thanks to The Mission Creeps for the review copy!

Apr 03 2017

6’+ Episode 202 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“6-6-6 Years! We celebrate Six Foot Plus turning 6 with an episode full of spooky music, madness, warts and all! we have all your requests for the songs YOU want to hear. Tracks from DEJA VOODOO, THE FREEZE, MONSTERS A GO-GO, HAUNTED GEORGE and more. Monstermatt Patterson leaps out of a cake for another MONSTERMATT MINUTE, while Kraig Khaos plays Pin The Tail On The Zombie in another KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 28 2017

Monster Mania: Music From The Classic Godzilla Films (1954-1995)

Randy Miller
Official Site
Monster Mania: Music From The Classic Godzilla Films (1954-1995), Varѐse Sarabande 1998

I must be the only person alive who intentionally smashed up a tissue and spread it over a CD case just to cut down on reflections in a photograph.  The things I do for you people...

Up until 1998, American Godzilla fans who wanted to listen to the uninterrupted music from the films they love had very few options. Unless you were able to import albums directly from Japan, the selection was limited to Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra’s decidedly bouncy covers of “Monster Zero March” and the classic Godzilla theme from the Greatest Science Fiction Hits series. One of the few good things about Tristar’s so-called Godzilla movie was the wave of products associated with the Japanese films which flooded the stores to cash in on the hype. One such release was Varѐse Sarabande’s Monster Mania: Music From The Classic Godzilla Films (1954-1995). It was originally promoted under the same “Godzilla: Classic Themes From The Classic Films” and some CDs bearing that title seem to have been released, but apparently Toho made them change the name for some reason. But that isn’t the important part. You’re reading this to see how the new recordings compare to the original versions used in the movies!

The drum footfalls of “Godzilla-King Of The Monsters (Main Title)” are not quite the same as you hear in the film, but the power of the composition is still there. It’s highly enjoyable despite such small differences. The rousing and militaristic “Destroy All Monsters (March)” clearly shows off its musical influence from Akira Ifukube’s previous work. Not that it makes the music any less great. As you have probably guessed from the title, “Godzilla Vs. Mothra Suite (Main Title, The Letter, Song Of Mothra, Mothra March)” is a combination of several compositions in a single track. The main title portion devotes equal attention to Godzilla and Mothra. The musical sense of power represents Godzilla and the light fluttering notes are obviously supposed to represent Mothra. The soft piano work wonderfully compliments the sadness of “The Letter” portion of the track and despite it being an instrumental, I can practically hear the lyrics of the Mothra song. The chimes were also a nice touch. The last portion is a Ifukube military march with touch of his classic Godzilla theme. Taking a break from Ifukube, we move on to Reijiro Koroku’s “Godzilla 1984 (Main Title).” The opening cymbal crash and moody, low notes help the track’s overall melding of bombast and suspense. The drumrolls are a great touch as well. I also enjoyed the piano work of the pleasant “Godzilla 1984 (Love Theme).” As the original Japanese soundtrack for King Kong vs. Godzilla didn’t get released in America until 2006, the inclusion of “King Kong Vs. Godzilla (Godzilla Revived/King Kong Transport Operation)” was a real treat for G-fans back in 1998. As expected, they opted for the heavy material rather than the Lyman-esque jazz tracks. The second half of the track is one of my personal favorites. It has such a busy feel and splendid use of percussion and horns. The way Takayuki Hattori’s “Godzilla Vs. Space Godzilla (Main Title)” makes use of drums reminds me of something from the James Bond franchise. While we’re on the subject of that particular film, “Godzilla Vs. Space Godzilla (Love Theme)” offers the listener a quieter moment. I only wish it had been spaced out further from the other love theme on the album.

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Mar 20 2017

6’+ Episode 201 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s time to go-go-gorilla before we monkey around with your tail. Bananas! It’s a Kong-ified episode of music from Skull Island to the dumpster behind your home, featuring tracks from THE CASKET BASTARDS, NIGHT BIRDS, PIRATO KETCHUP, GROOVIE GHOULIES and more. Monstermatt Matterson winds up the “beauty” to the “beast” in a very bizarre MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 17 2017

The GdL16 Saint Patrick’s Day Flashback

Our luck has finally run out and we don’t have any new Irish horror goodies to share with you. Since it’s not known how long it will take to replenish our supplies (or if said supplies will ever be replenished), here’s a look back at all of our previous St. Patty’s Day celebrations:

Scary Saint Patrick’s Day Fun
Have a Spooky St. Patrick’s Day!
Saint Patrick’s Day Spooktacular
St. Patrick’s Day, Svengoolie Style
Spooky Saint Patrick’s Day Goodies
The Banshee’s Halloween
Leprecomics
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Even if Gravedigger’s Local 16 never returns to this particular subject, at least this post does work nicely as a fitting close to the matter.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar 01 2017

It’s Time For The Rondo Awards!

Voting for the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has begun! Although we’re currently no longer trying to get on the ballot (let alone win anything), we still hope you participate. Besides, our f(r)iend Dr. Gangrene made it to the ballot in several categories and we hope you support him:

Category 9. Best Short Film – The Beast In The Cave
Category 15. Best Columnist – The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
Category 17. Best Website or Blog of 2016 – DR. GANGRENE’S MAD BLOG
Category 18. Best Multi-Media Horror Site – The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price
Category 21. Favorite Horror Host of 2016 – Dr. Gangrene

If you do want to write something in, might we suggest:

Category 26. Best Fan Artist of 2016 (The Linda Miller Award) – Monstermatt Patterson

We hope you keep the above suggestions in mind when you submit your ballot via email (with your name included so that your vote is counted). You can vote for as many or as little categories as you want, so please check out all of the other great categories. Voting ends Sunday at midnight (April 16), so don’t delay!

You can find the ballot (and voting instructions) at the official Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards website.

Feb 27 2017

Required Reading: Black History Month Edition

Remember when I took a look at Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers back in 2010? Well, it turns out there have been several sequels! The other installments in the series are: Whispers in the Night, The Ancestors and Voices From The Other Side. All of which are well worth a look (both the previews I linked to and the full versions).

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman is a fascinating and highly informative read. If you skipped out on looking through the sources cited in last year’s examination of the Blacula films, now’s your chance to make up for that mistake! The only down side is how it appears to be the only book devoted entirely to the subject on Google Books (as of this writing).

But books are not the only thing you can read for information on the above subject. The blog Graveyard Shift Sisters is devoted to looking at the role of women of color in all aspects of the horror genre. They also have a wonderful podcast which comes highly recommended.

Browsing through the Wikipedia article “Racism in horror films” while gathering notes for a future post led me to find interesting articles like “Will It Get Better For Black People In the Horror Genre?” and “Fact Check: Do Black Characters Always Die First in Horror Movies?” (among numerous others). There’s so much to learn, so you should start reading now!

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