It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Music CD)
Music by Creature Feature
Produced by Carpe Demon Music/Villains and Vaudevillians Records
A while ago we told you about The Greatest Show Unearthed, the debut album of horror rockers Creature Feature. It's been a few years, but Curtis Rx and Erik X are back with their sophomore effort, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, and while many bands may slack off on their second album, Creature Feature proves that they still have something to say.
Everything that was good about the first album is back in this one. Frantic riffs, demented lyrics, and hooks that make the listener feel like he's stepped into a nightmarish circus give this album the distinctive Creature Feature taste. From the opening song we are thrown into the funhouse-mirror world of spooky jobs and freaky residents. We're introduced to a psychotic doctor, a group of horrible children, grave robbers and zombies, and even the Elder Gods. All of this with a furiously manic beat behind it that leaves the reader exhausted.
Of the ten tracks, there are certainly a few stand-outs. "Grave Robber at Large" is by far the best track on the album, followed closely by "Dr. Sawbones" and "Mommy's Little Monsters." For those who want to hear the transition between the first and second albums, "Bad Blood" has the same feel as "The Greatest Show Unearthed." But one of the most compelling reasons to like Creature Feature is the demented sense of humor that goes into all their lyrics. Prime examples are "One Foot in the Grave" and "The Unearthly Ones."
There are only two real drawbacks to this album. First, the frantic pace of the songs can be somewhat overwhelming. It might be nice to hear a slower song from Creature Feature to add a little more dynamic to the album. Second, ten tracks just aren't enough. It seems like the album got cut up somewhere. While there aren't any really weak songs on the album, we want more.