Something seems missing. I've listened to Spit Like This' latest Normalityville Horror several times now. While interesting there's something amiss here. Their previous release We Won't Won't Hurt You was a comic and prurient, outrageous and extravagant, album. It was over-the-top and genre-bending without apology.
Normalityville Horror almost sounds tame, but not entirely castrated, in ribald enthusiasm. Yet, I think the musicianship and music itself sounds good, maybe almost too good. It sounds like SLT were trying to be too exact, cross all their t's and dot their i's, when the previous album rang with a rambunctious punk vibe. Yet the hybrid of rock, punk, metal and glam still shows through in most songs.
Nevertheless, Normalityville Horror grows on you much like the hairy wart on a witch's nose. For example there's Oh No Here We Go which echoes a bit of the Ramones. Good old rockers come with Dragged Kicking & Screaming and Zero to Sixty. Of course, there's the curious and unexplainable in The Dumb Song and Very Very Good at Being Bad, where vocalist Lord Zion sounds like his best goth vampire. As to simple musicianship, drummer Vile Gilez easily steals the show.
Spit Like This' Normalityville Horror is equivalent to their previous material, yet seems unnecessarily too polished and professional. The kings (and queen) of gutter glam punk rock are starting to sound respectable. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Otherwise, recommended.
Spit Like This' Normalityville Horror is equivalent to their previous material, yet seems unnecessarily too polished and professional. The kings (and queen) of gutter glam punk rock are starting to sound respectable. That can't be a good thing.
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