The Bronx Casket Co - Hellectric (Candlelight Records/Regain Records) - Back
The Bronx Casket Co. was originally formed in 1998 by Overkill co-founder and bassist D.D. Verni. Along with D.D. the ban also features Tim Millare from Overkill, Jack Frost from Savatage and Mike Hideous from the Misfits. Itís a unique cast to create a doom laden metal album. At times the band is reminiscent of Type O Negative. Even the guitar tone and distortion can be similar to Type O. Not that they are a copy of them, they add their own styles and other influences as well. You can almost hear things suggestive to White Zombie, Babylon Whores, H.I.M. and Rammstein, but nothing is a regular occurrence. I guess you could say ěHellectricî is a more rockiní version of a normal doom band, or a harder and darker edged, goth-rock band. Itís a nice balance. They arenít afraid to drop a heavy, catchy riff in a song, and then use something with eerie keys with a lot of atmosphere. In other words, nice use of contrast. Seems like they painted thin metallic layers of all metal related music they like together, to make this disc. What else would you expect? These guys are professionals! Every track on this disc is appealing in one way or another, usually with a little more vitality than bands with similar traits. ěLittle Dead Girlî is the first single and video off this disc. Independent film director, Lee Lanier, created this track in an animated vision. In the middle of this disc BCC included an instrumental track, entitled ěMotocrypt.î After hearing this song itís probably best described as a modified, metalized version of ěThe Munstersî theme. At the very least, you should get a kick out of it. But probably the most surprising on the disc could be the cover of Lynyrd Skynyrdís ěFreebird.î I always appreciate covers more when the band takes an original track and makes it their own instead of just trying to make an exact copy. Bronx Casket Co does this cover well. Itís definitely their own style and they only really used the framework of the song. ěHellectricî is a pleasing collection of twelve darkened tracks that will make your skin crack and blister for about an hourÖ just donít be out in the public while that happens. It gets kind of messy.

Rating:
87

Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins