What can I say about horror punk maestros Horror Story? Well for starters I love this band. They always put on a great live show and expect the unexpected. I had heard that this could possibly be their last swamp show so was quite sad about that but knew this was one show I did not want to miss and I pray that this wasnít the last time I will see them. The band had also announced that because this was going to be a special show they were bringing their old drummer Craig Psycho back for the first half of the set so I was pretty excited about the whole event.
Last time they played Palmy they didnít have the ghoul paint and I was a little let down by that but this time they came prepared. Sorry but in my opinion thatís part of what I like about them is the paint, the cloths and of course the death lock made famous by the Misfits whom incidentally they opened for on a tour of New Zealand some years ago.
The first half of their set was a walk through material of the past playing classics like Return of the living dead, Angelique and Devil girl from mars. Craig Psycho was on drums for most of the set before they bought out their new drummer Jackal Mayhem playing some tracks off their new album ďThis Graveyard EarthĒ. As usual with Horror Story you have to expect the unexpected and when the new drummer got tired they were about to leave the stage. Thanks to a quick thinking crowd member he put up his hand and said he would do a song with them and we got Angelique all over again was brilliant and something I donít think you would see too often. With three drummers in one set that has got to be pushing for a record somewhere.
It was with great sadness they left the stage but there was still a twinkle in my eye and a smile on my face having enjoyed one of New Zealandís great hidden talents. With a huge back catalogue this is a band all lovers of loud music should track down and listen to and even better get to a show if you get the chance because itís an experience you wonít forget. If you missed them you really missed out on a treat. They are also bloody generous buggers too giving their latest album away for free on the interweb at http://www.horror-punks.com/.
In Jan 2000 AD members of New Zealand Punk/Metal bands Nefarious, Valhalla Crossroads, 1080 and Horror Business stitched together their ultimate Rock n Roll Monster! They called it Horror Story. Instantly becoming New Zealands premier Horror Punk band!
On Halloween that year the band recorded a 17 song Demo called 'Monsterpiece' which was released in 2001 by the bands Demon Nation label. A limited edition of 1000 copies were snapped up by horror-hungry fiends! The albums warewolf sing-along '13 Moons' also featured on Auckland label Puppykiller Records - 'Pick of the Litter' Compilation album.
For Halloween 2002 the band (Complete with new Rhythm section) Recorded 10 new songs and re-recorded 10 songs from 'Monsterpiece' Combined with a video for 'Tombstone' (made in a local graveyard) and a full colour portrait of the band on its cover 'Graverobbers From Outer Space' was released on Halloween 2003 by Demon Nation.