Music Through the Eyes of a Monster
I love this blog. I wish you posted more though.
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Aw thank you greyface! I’m planning to post more throughout the summer than I have lately, but our internet has been down and I’m working a lot, so I haven’t been able to. Thank you for the support & I promise I will get back on top of posting.

Just to let everyone know, my URL is no longer horrorpunkmidterm, but is now throughtheeyesofamonster

I figured I should change the horror punk title since that isn’t all I’m posting about now. Just didn’t want anyone to be confused when they saw the new url.

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold has been one of my favorite bands since I was in 5th or 6th grade. My neighbor, Scott, who is 17 years older than me & has been one of my closest and most trusted friends since I was about 10 years old, introduced me to them and I absolutely fell in love with their music. This was sometime between the release of their Waking the Fallen and Sounding the Seventh Trumpet cds. I started to adore their music, and never looked back.
In November 2008, I was in Myrtle Beach with my family for our annual Thanksgiving trip and while passing the House of Blues, I glanced up at their sign and saw that A7X would be there that Friday. I immediately started begging my parents to let me go. Because I was 17 (a month shy of 18) and we were out of town, they didn’t want me to go by myself. They said I could go if my sister would go with me (she’s 2.5 years older), and that they would buy our tickets. She didn’t want to go. She had listened to A7X before and knew a few of their songs, but was never REALLY into them and didn’t feel like she needed to see them live, even for free. So I called Scott, told him they were there, and (with my parents approval of course) invited him & his wife and son to come down and go to the concert and stay in the condo we had rented for the rest of the weekend, my parents even offered to watch his kid while we went to the show. He was really on board with the idea, but ended up not being able to come because it was the day after Thanksgiving and they had family plans. After a lot of begging and crying and being in a shitty mood, my parents gave in and said I could go to the concert alone if I promised not to get in mosh pits (I have health problems including random feinting and heat related seizures) because there wouldn’t be anyone to take care of me if something happened. I agreed, they bought my ticket, and took my sister out for a nice steak dinner to compensate for what they spent on me going. 
At the time, they were touring for their self titled white album, and were pretty well known, so when I walked into the HOB and saw how small it was (~1800 person capacity), I was amazed that I was about to see one of my favorite bands there. Not to mention that I’m mildly obsessed with Matt Sanders & his voice/tattoos/body/horska. Although I could have gotten closer to the stage, I kept my word to my mom and stayed out the pit, watching the concert with a perfect view from an elevated area just behind the pit area. When they started, the stage got completely dark and with the opening note of Critical Acclaim, a spot light was put on Matt, playing at an organ in the center of the stage. The lights came up revealing Synyster Gates and Zachy Vengeance standing in their signature stance, guitars forming a perfect V, each with a leg up on a platform. Johnny Christ was on the other side of the stage in a similar position and The Rev was situated on an elevated platform-3 bass drums, countless symbols, and a perfectly positioned microphone for him to sing; with the white album being the first cd they had released with him doing some of the vocals. They played my all time favorite song, Unholy Confessions, and their encore was my favorite song off the new cd, A Little Piece of Heaven [My horror obsessed self can’t help but adore a 9 minute song about murder, necrophilia, and cannibalism]. Needless to say, the show was amazing. They were just as good live as I had always imagined them being, and to this day, Avenged Sevenfold puts on the best concert I’ve ever seen (which is saying a lot considering I honestly couldn’t name every band I’ve seen live). Because A7X hadn’t played anywhere close to where I live for several years, my seeing them was a huge deal to anyone who liked them. I rubbed it in the faces of all of my friends, and constantly brought it up to Scott about how he missed such a great show (I’m a bitch for that, I know). That was November 27, 2008.
On December 28, 2009, my concert experience from a year earlier became more significant than I ever expected. James Owen Sullivan, better known as The Rev, passed away from what was called natural causes for six months prior to toxicology confirming an accidental overdose. He was 28, and the only celebrity/person I never met whose death I have cried over. As long as I had been listening to them, he had been a part of the band and my second favorite member (Matt being first), and it was too much for me to cope with. Only a year earlier, I was in a small venue listening to him sing Critical Acclaim, watching him drum, and overall being entranced by the gorgeous man who I regarded as one of the best drummers in existence. I can’t tell you how many texts and messages I got over the next few weeks saying ‘hey, i dont know if you heard, but the rev died. i know a7x is one of your favorite bands. i’m so jealous you got to see him perform!’ as if making people jealous was my primary concern. As a fan, it was really hard for me to grasp that he had passed away, and I couldn’t ignore the foreshadowing undertones of the white album, or stop thinking about the interview where he joked about not living to see 30. I always had thought it was stupid for people to be upset to the point of tears over someone they never met, especially just a celebrity they pined over, but after he died, I knew the feeling. Even as I type this, 2 and a half years later, I’m getting choked up thinking about how amazing he was, and literally willing to sell my soul to have been given a chance to meet and get to know him. FoREVer in my heart and on my mind every time I listen to A7X, RIP Jimmy Sullivan. Your talent and brilliance really did impact my life.
On September 2, 2010, I got to see Avenged Sevenfold perform again, this time in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Uproar tour in a crowd of ~20000 people. I went with my boyfriend and a couple of his friends, but Scott was once again unable to go because of family obligations. All the bands that played were awesome and the day was great, but Avenged Sevenfold (no surprise) was the best. They were touring for their recently released Nightmare album and opened their set with the title track. Before they started, a man was seen walking on the dimly lit catwalk over the stage, typically used only for the venue staff to adjust lighting. He approached the edge of the catwalk and was noticed by members of the crowd at different times, with audible gasps sporadically being heard as he began to tie a noose. He looked out of the crowd, looked down, slipped the noose over his neck, and jumped. Everyone either screamed or gasped, not sure if it was real or not. The morbid adoration of the crowd got the best of everyone and cameras started flashing, capturing the twitching ‘suicidal’ man hanging over the stage. As he stopped twitching, lights came up on the stage and Syn and Zachy walked out playing the opening chords of Nightmare. The man was left hanging for the entire song, swinging back and forth, almost kicking Matt in the head more than once. At the end of the song, crew member came out and cut the guy down, laying him on a stretcher and covering him with a solid white sheet. It was the single most badass opening I have ever seen in my life. Everyone should youtube a video of it. Once again, they played Critical Acclaim. During the chorus where Jimmy sings, everyone got silent, wondering how it was going to be handled. Matt knelt down, dropped his head, and lifted his hands to sky while a feint recording of Jimmy singing was played in the background. Everyone in the crowd lifted their hands with him and sang the part which Matt would not. It was the first reminder of Jimmy’s death, and really hard to handle. A few songs later, Matt started to talk about Jimmy, and introduced their song So Far Away as being written for him. They dropped their Nightmare album cover background to reveal an image of Jimmy’s back, covered with the arms of the other band members in a pre-show embrace. I had to fight back tears. As the song began, everyone help up their lighters and cell phones, hands lifted in the air, wishing Jimmy was on drums. During the song, every member of the band wiped tears off their face, and Matt’s voice cracked more than once. Along with the band, and most of the audience, I cried. 
This past Saturday, I saw Avenged Sevenfold for a third time at Carolina Rebellion. They were on two tours at the time, one called Welcome to the Family and one called Nightmare Across America, which only had 4 dates. I went with my best friend, my boyfriend, two of his friends, and (finally) Scott met up with me there. Avenged Sevenfold was the last band to play at the 12 hour, sold out festival. The schedule got off by about 10 minutes, which, combined with Charlotte’s strict midnight curfew for any outdoor events, prevented Avenged Sevenfold from being able to play their encores (which were supposed to be Save Me and my favorite track off of Nightmare, Fiction). But their set was amazing none the less. Once again, they played So Far Away, and once again, I cried so hard that I wasn’t able to sing along. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to see them and hear them sing that song without tears streaming down my face. I got separated from everyone but Alex, but she was right there with me, crying her eyes out. 

The only complaint I have about the three times I’ve seen Avenged Sevenfold is that Matt always keeps his goddamn shirt and glasses on. Wtf. SHOW OFF YOUR HOTNESS. I would do terrible things to that man if given the chance. 

I will go see A7X every chance I get. They put on the best show I have ever seen, and never let me down. I really think that everyone should see them if the opportunity arises. Avenged Sevenfold foREVer.<3

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Lullaby by The Independents. So glad they played this last night. <3 

Reblogging from my other blog because I adore this song. 

The Independents! Horror punk/ska/rockabilly (L-R) Willy Bee, me, bitch I used to be friends with named Savannah, Evil Presly, my friend Kelsey.
This picture is from the second time I saw them in October 2009. I love The Independents and had wanted to see them for so long, but anytime they played near me they played at an 18+ club before I turned 18 (I&#8217;m 20 now, 18 in this picture). After coming to university, they played a show at a local club and I asked Savannah if she wanted to go see them with me because I had been wanting to forever etc. So we went to the show and had an awesome time. During their set, I was standing up front, getting smashed into the stage, &amp; Evil kept telling me how cute I was. I was wearing my Danzig shirt and when they covered Mother, he leaned over and was like &#8216;you better know every word to this damn song&#8217; and winked (obviously I did). After the show, I went to go talk to them &amp; told them how long I had wanted to see them and how amazing their show was, but I was sad they didn&#8217;t play Babydoll because it&#8217;s one of my favorite songs and I was really hoping to see it live. Evil apologized and gave me a hug and said that since I was so cute, if we (Savannah and I) wanted to drive to Augusta, GA (a little over an hour away) the next night, they&#8217;d get us into the show free and play whatever we wanted. Savannah said she&#8217;d drive, so obviously we immediately decided to go.However, we go to the University of South Carolina and the day after was a Saturday and we had a home football game that I had a ticket to. I told her I&#8217;d leave the game early so we could go though. At the game, I was telling Kelsey about my night and invited her to come to Augusta since she likes The Independents too. At half time, we left the game and headed to Augusta with Savannah&#8230;game day war paint, garnet and black mardi gras beads and all. When we got to the club where they were playing, the guy at the door took our ids and said &#8220;sorry guys, this show is 21+ only&#8221;. None of us were 21. I told him that The Independents had invited us to come and we just drove from Columbia for the show. Around that time, Evil walked over to the bar and I yelled for him to come get us in. Which, he did. He kept apologizing all night about not knowing it was 21+, but none of us gave a shit since we got in anyway. We hung out with them the whole night, and (once again) their set was incredible. Oh &amp; they played Babydoll for me. After the show, they gave us all free shirts (we got matching Vampires from Outter Space shirts) and invited us to come hang out with them for the night so we didn&#8217;t have to drive back. Kelsey had something going on the next day, so we had to say no &amp; headed back to Columbia. Ever since that night, I have been good friends with them and go to see them every chance I get-most recently being last Friday. Every time I see them, Evil always tells me how adorable I am &amp; how lucky my boyfriend is (or tells him when he&#8217;s there). They always mess with me (or any of my friends I bring to the shows) when they play, and hang out with us all night. It makes me feel pretty badass to get kisses from the singer for one of my favorite bands while they are playing a show. I absolutely love these guys and would go see them every night if I could. They are so sweet and always make me feel good about myself. Plus they are AMAZING musicians and their shows are always wonderful.  I really should take pictures with them every time I see them, but I tend to forget to. Oh well. Here&#8217;s a couple with Evil &amp; some of my friends.

(L-R, back-front) Sumner, Zac (boyfriend), me, Evil, Alex (best friend), Brandon, Zoe Vette (singer for a local band called Zoe Vette and the Revolvers that played with them that night)

This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It was a couple weekends back at the Myrtle Beach zombie walk where The Independents ended up playing unexpectedly. (L-R) TB Monstrosity (Vagora and Blitzkid), Alex, me, Evil. We spent the entire night hanging out with these two sweet (and adorable) gentlemen. Both good friends. I adore all three of them. &lt;3

The Independents! Horror punk/ska/rockabilly (L-R) Willy Bee, me, bitch I used to be friends with named Savannah, Evil Presly, my friend Kelsey.

This picture is from the second time I saw them in October 2009. I love The Independents and had wanted to see them for so long, but anytime they played near me they played at an 18+ club before I turned 18 (I’m 20 now, 18 in this picture). After coming to university, they played a show at a local club and I asked Savannah if she wanted to go see them with me because I had been wanting to forever etc. So we went to the show and had an awesome time. During their set, I was standing up front, getting smashed into the stage, & Evil kept telling me how cute I was. I was wearing my Danzig shirt and when they covered Mother, he leaned over and was like ‘you better know every word to this damn song’ and winked (obviously I did). After the show, I went to go talk to them & told them how long I had wanted to see them and how amazing their show was, but I was sad they didn’t play Babydoll because it’s one of my favorite songs and I was really hoping to see it live. Evil apologized and gave me a hug and said that since I was so cute, if we (Savannah and I) wanted to drive to Augusta, GA (a little over an hour away) the next night, they’d get us into the show free and play whatever we wanted. Savannah said she’d drive, so obviously we immediately decided to go.
However, we go to the University of South Carolina and the day after was a Saturday and we had a home football game that I had a ticket to. I told her I’d leave the game early so we could go though. At the game, I was telling Kelsey about my night and invited her to come to Augusta since she likes The Independents too. At half time, we left the game and headed to Augusta with Savannah…game day war paint, garnet and black mardi gras beads and all. 
When we got to the club where they were playing, the guy at the door took our ids and said “sorry guys, this show is 21+ only”. None of us were 21. I told him that The Independents had invited us to come and we just drove from Columbia for the show. Around that time, Evil walked over to the bar and I yelled for him to come get us in. Which, he did. He kept apologizing all night about not knowing it was 21+, but none of us gave a shit since we got in anyway. We hung out with them the whole night, and (once again) their set was incredible. Oh & they played Babydoll for me. 
After the show, they gave us all free shirts (we got matching Vampires from Outter Space shirts) and invited us to come hang out with them for the night so we didn’t have to drive back. Kelsey had something going on the next day, so we had to say no & headed back to Columbia. Ever since that night, I have been good friends with them and go to see them every chance I get-most recently being last Friday. Every time I see them, Evil always tells me how adorable I am & how lucky my boyfriend is (or tells him when he’s there). They always mess with me (or any of my friends I bring to the shows) when they play, and hang out with us all night. It makes me feel pretty badass to get kisses from the singer for one of my favorite bands while they are playing a show. 
I absolutely love these guys and would go see them every night if I could. They are so sweet and always make me feel good about myself. Plus they are AMAZING musicians and their shows are always wonderful.  
I really should take pictures with them every time I see them, but I tend to forget to. Oh well. Here’s a couple with Evil & some of my friends.

(L-R, back-front) Sumner, Zac (boyfriend), me, Evil, Alex (best friend), Brandon, Zoe Vette (singer for a local band called Zoe Vette and the Revolvers that played with them that night)

This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It was a couple weekends back at the Myrtle Beach zombie walk where The Independents ended up playing unexpectedly. (L-R) TB Monstrosity (Vagora and Blitzkid), Alex, me, Evil. We spent the entire night hanging out with these two sweet (and adorable) gentlemen. Both good friends. I adore all three of them. <3

Insides Out will be having a reunion set at the Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk

Hell yeah! I love my boys. Just another reason for all of you guys to come down for it.

Today is Mikey Mortis’ (from Rictus Grim) Birthday

If you’re facebook friends with him/the band, wish him a good one :D

I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and have to decided to take this blog in a slightly different direction. I will still be focusing a lot on horror punk/horror rock, but as opposed to having a blog strictly about that, it is going to be more of a general music blog. I will still include stories about shows I’ve been to, and talk about bands who I know and have seen, but I will also include information/promo bits about bands that I haven’t seen but really like and think everyone would enjoy. I listen to a lot of types of music, so expect to see horror punk, psychobilly, punk, ska, metal, hardcore, and any other form of rock music or anything remotely related. I will post more from readers (if you guys are interested) with band recommendations, stories of their own, pictures of their own (or pictures with documented sources). I will start following some blogs and reblogging some of their posts when they interest me. 

I feel like I have too much to say about music to exclusively talk about horror punk, but I promise I will still keep your horror fans happy. 

This will be a gradual transition. I promise not to fill your dash with KillWhitneyDead spam, just don’t be shocked when you start seeing some non-horror punk posts.

& if you were following me simply because I posted exclusively about horror punk, I’m sorry. Follow @hellyeahhorrorpunk she’s got a great blog already, but I hope everyone sticks around.

Yesterday (March 29) Blitzkid’s new cd, Apparitional was digitally released in the US

and it is amazing. Everyone should get it, no matter if you like horror punk or even if you don’t know what it is, it is a fantastic cd. 

My top 3 favorite tracks off of the album are

  1. Head Over Hills (alternate version)
  2. it is a GREAT song in itself, and the alt. version with violin and piano is incredibly beautiful.
  3. Blutsauger
  4. They’re All Dead

the whole album is great, BUT these would be my recommendation of which to check out. Due to TB’s recent departure from the band, this will (most likely) be the only CD to feature both TB and Nate on guitar. Also, the track Mr. Sardinocus features Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (from Gorgeous Frankenstein and The Misfits) playing guitar.

I don’t know how long they will leave it up (it was supposed to just be for 2 days), but right now Blitzkid has the entire album streaming on their myspace here, so definitely check it out (and buy it!). I want to note that if you’re looking for the alt version of Head Over Hills on the myspace link, it is the 2nd half to She Won’t Stop Bleeding, but is its own track on the CD. 

What is your favorite Apparitional track?

A picture Blacula took of October Grey showing off the newly decorated merch table before The Adicts show. It looked so badass. October is the artist in the group &amp; designs the logos, shirts, table, etc. for The Body Bags.

A picture Blacula took of October Grey showing off the newly decorated merch table before The Adicts show. It looked so badass. October is the artist in the group & designs the logos, shirts, table, etc. for The Body Bags.

I will be heading to Asheville to see them on May 25. 

This is a link to the official facebook event for the 4th annual Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year, the walk is a fundraiser to benefit the Autism Advocate Foundation of Horry County-a 5$ ticket (which goes 100% to the foundation) gets your makeup done by on an site certified makeup artist (one of which is me this year!), participation in the walk around the beach, and entrance to the after walk concerts. 
With 29 bands in 3 locations, it  is an entire day event. There will be events all day and night such as tattoo and piercing contest, costume contests, a flash mob “Thriller” dance, and a video competition. The bands will be participating in a meet and greet, and will also be part of the walk itself, socializing with other zombies/fans. 

Among many others, The Body Bags, Rictus Grim, Vagora, Graveyard Blvd, and The Villans will be playing in the evening. You can find a full listing of the bands on the fan page for the walk here along with all other zombie walk related information. 

This is always so much fun-I’ve gone for 2 of the last 3- and each year it is bigger, and better. For such a low price, and for a good cause, this could be an awesome day trip or weekend getaway for you/your friends/your family (all ages). 

Q & A with Rick-O Mortis, drummer for Blitzkid and Children of October
Q: What defines horror punk to you?
A: I think horror music of any genre is based around a combination of imagery and lyrical content. Without that you really just have a punk band, or a metal band, or rock band...or whatever you're putting horror in front of. Conversely there are a lot of bands that have one without the other. Bands using the imagery but singing about the flavor of the week, or bands using horror themes and looking like they just stepped out of an american apparel ad. There's a delicate balance between trying to hard and not trying hard enough...and this scene is full of bands that apparently have no equilibrium.
Q: Who/what influences you?
A: I draw influence from pretty much everything around me. If we're talking music i have a vast array of influences that would probably bore most people to tears. I'll stick with the primary influences - the descendents, propagandhi, 7 seconds, minor threat, ramones, miles davis, kings x, louie bellson...you get the idea. Of course i watch a lot of horror movies as well. I'm not really into much of the newer stuff coming out right now. I like the Universal classics and some of the slasher flicks like halloween and friday the 13th. I'm gonna go with Pumpkinhead and the Creature from the Black lagoon as all time favorites. More than anything i'd say i draw a lot of influence from what's going on in society. Music can serve as a good commentary of social norms and mores. A lot of the music i write is based on personal experience and my interaction with the world. Being involved in horror punk isn't really something i "try" to do. That's just how my creativity is expressed.
Q: What do you like about being part of an underground scene?
A: I've been in the punk scene since i was about 15. I would go to shows with my one other friend that was into the same music and we would see our favorite bands play for somewhere around $5 and there were usually like 30 people in the crowd. It was awesome. Fast forward 14 years and i'm part of something that those same 15 year olds are going to see. It's kinda like the experience has come full circle in a way.
Q: What is your musical history?
A: I learned to play drums from my dad...so i've always been around music. I started learning when I was about 13. When I was 16, I started my first band. Standard high school punk rock covers and a couple original songs. In college I played in a pop punk band and then spent a few years in a rock band...kind of a Ramones meet The Who type thing. That was a lot of fun. Currently i'm in a band called Children of October
Q: Where do you like playing shows?
A: I like playing anywhere people show up to see us. If you want specifics - New Jersey is awesome because of the horror punk history there, LA is awesome because of the crowds, chicago is awesome all around (Reggie's rock club!), and Pittsburgh is a hometown crowd for me. Everywhere i've played in germany has been awesome as well. Fans over there are nuts!
Q: How large are the crowds which tend to be at your shows?
A: This is a funny question. On one end of the spectrum we played in germany in June at Amphi festival for about 5,000 people. Then last month we played in las vegas for about 12 people. I'd say in the states our average crowd is somewhere around 100-150. of course there are outliers...you'll always have the one off show in the states where 300 kids show up, then the next you play to 5. it's a gamble.
Q: How would you describe your fans, and what type of reactions do you hope to evoke in them through your music?
A: As long as there is a reaction to the music (positive preferably) i don't really care. music should be open to interpretation. if a song makes you want to run around in a circle and break stuff, that's awesome. if it makes you want to slow dance with the girl next to you - go for it. if it makes you want to space out and dream, that's cool too. I'd say Blitzkid and CoO share similar fan bases. Most of the time everyone just wants to cut loose and have a good time. I think both bands provide a good musical outlet for those feelings.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories from touring?
It's amazing getting to travel around the states, or the world for that matter, playing music. That in itself is a great memory. Showing up to a club and seeing a line of people waiting outside, then seeing a line of people waiting to talk to you after a show is a memorable experience as well. Very humbling. aaaand of course seeing a bucket of cold water get thrown on your band mate while he's taking a hot shower is pretty memorable too. Maybe just for the screams.
The Body Bags

So the show last night (The Body Bags, The Rogue Nations, & The Adicts) was amazing…as expected. Due to the couple of guys in the pit who were going out of their way to hit me, I didn’t take any pictures as I had originally planned.

Despite announcing his departure from the band, Chris Deceased played the show with them and may or may not continue to be their bassist. As long as Deceased remains in the band, they have brought back a former member, Lagoon (previously referred to as “Trey & Jekyll”), who is playing rhythm guitar and doing backing vocals; the same thing he was doing when he previously played with them. He worked on their CD (uncredited), Famous Monsters, and is a great (re)addition to their band with his strong stage presence. 

The Body Bags’ next show will be April 16 at the 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk (more info on that soon!). If you live in/near the Carolinas, this zombie walk is always so much fun and definitely worth coming out to if at all possible-tons of bands this year. Hope to see some of you there!

In the next couple of days…

Be expecting some updates. I apologize to my followers that I haven’t been posting a lot lately. Still haven’t received my grade yet, but hopefully won’t be too much longer.

Tonight I am going to see The Body Bags. I will be posting some new pictures, and a band update after their “official”/public reveal of their new bassist (he’s amazing, I promise). 

I’ll post some information on some upcoming concerts/events which might be of interest (Zombie Walk!).

You might get a top 10 list of some of my favorite horror punk songs. 

And expect a slight overhaul on the blog (theme & topic-just broadening, not changing).

Also look for a Q&A with Rick-o Mortis from Blitzkid and Children of October!

Make your voice heard! What would you like to see in this blog?