2000 The Howling EP At 320k And Vbr For Bonus Tracks
All this album is is just a heavier version of the Misfits, and since I hate the Misfits, I don't like this album either. Goofy lyrics with 3-chord songs, boring, Danzig-rip off vocals, and bland drumming. I mean, the guy singing sounds EXACTLY like Danzig that it's absurd. This is total garbage of the lowest order. I like Morgan in Marduk and Abruptum, but why would he want to be in a blatant cover band like this? Yes, a cover band, as if you never heard of these guys and you put this on, you'd immediately think it was the Misfits.
Bottom line, only buy this if you are a diehard Misfits fan.
2003 Revelation Unorthodox At 320k
After reading the horribly uninformed review already posted, I felt it was my duty to interject some knowledge and critical insight about this band and their music.
First off, this isn't a metal album. Most fans would lump this in with "Death Rock" or "Horror Punk", which is basically a sub class of punk played by fans of the Misfits and Samhain, and includes bands that were playing around the time of the Misfits in the early 80s like Mourning noise, Rosemary's Babies, and some of the more rocking goth bands. Most of the modern bands in this genre emulate the Misfits/Samhain formula quite blatantly, with the same kind of punk hooks, sped up doo-wop chorus lines, B-movie lyrics, and Danzig like vocals.
I first heard Devil's Whorehouse on a Horror Punk Comp. and wasn't that impressed. I thought they were better than a lot of the bands on offer, showing promise as a band that really "got" the idea of the misfits, but the track "We Live Again" was under produced. As I spent some time looking into the band I discovered that it featured two members from Marduk, and they had actually started as a Misfits/Samhain cover band. Interesting.
Revelation Unorthodox is another beast entirely. Imagine if Glenn Danzig decided to sing for Marduk under the stipulation that they reworked a few early era Danzig songs and made them heavier. Then imagine that this band got top notch production from Abyss studios and Tommy Tagtgren. Then, sweeten the pot with a cover of "Deathwish" by early 80's death rock gods Christian Death. If you’re already smacking your lips at the concept than this band won't disappoint in any way. If you could care less about anything I've mentioned above and think "horror punk" sounds like wank, than you might want to move on to something else.
For the rest of us Revelation Unorthodox holds some really enjoyable music. Tracks like "Pentagram Murder", "Swallow Your Soul", and "Blood Nymphoman" are black metal thrashers complete with crisp abyss like blast beats and driving fast chord changes. The vocals are pure Danzig appreciation and personally I think that's really fun and fresh. It's like updating the old misfits sound with more speed and power. Hoorah.
Then you have tracks like "Bondage Goddess", "Erotkill, "Funeral Dream", and "Blood Angels Recital" that reinterpret early Danzig, with twisted chuncky rifts and evil Elvis like swagger. You don't get quite the blues howl and powerful range that Glenn Danzig could pull off, but the vocals don't let you down. These songs are close enough in style to the original Danzig sound to make sense, but don't fall flat for lack of originality.
The third group of songs are tracks that borrow more from the Samhain era like, "Swallow Your Soul", "The Raven", and "Death From Beyond". These tracks have a post punk churn to them, heavy and wicked. I think the band should really invest in exploring the Samhain sound and melding it with black metal. They could really create something new and unexpected.
Lastly you have "We Live Again", "Howling", and "Blood Nymphoman" which are horror punk blasts of quick chords and frenzied drumming. "We Live Again" sounds like a Misfits outtake from the late 70s, and that's not a bad thing.
The "Deathwish" Cover is a real treat if you ever listened to Rozz Williams or Early Christian Death. It's a heavy surf death/rock classic, with chugging guitar and slipping bass scale back beats. It's not far from what Samhain was doing in spirit and comfortably fits on this release.
I think Devils Whorehouse could really develop into something beyond the sum of its parts depending on how they decide to proceed. Melding horror punk and black metal sounds like a great idea to me, and hey, the corpse paint is already applied for both. In the mean time, this is a hell of a fun album and better than anything Glenn Danzig or Jerry Only (somebody bunker bust the new misfits please!) has released in the last decade. Style up your devilocks and get ready to pound those guitars like fucking jack hammers, Devil's Whorehouse ain't no light weights.
2008 Werewolf EP At Vbr
When I heard that there is a formation at Regain Records playing a death’n’roll-alike music with punk elements – they started as a Misfits cover band -, I was very excited about them and their EP. I knew Regain Records as one of the great providers of the good metal music according to their signings and when I heard that the line-up of Devil’s Whorehouse features Håkansson from Marduk and Abruptum and Hrafn from IXXI, I started to expect a lot from this material. I thought that this yet not very well-known band must have been created a dirty rock&roll and punk influenced extreme metal effort at its best. But when „Werewolf” started I already knew that I was wrong.
The first track is already a letdown. It starts with three accords that must have been familiar for you because these notes were performed by many amateur black/thrash and punk bands. The song has its upsides though, for example, the vocalist performs well – however, it should be a bit more energetic -, and there is a nice atmospheric part in the middle of the song also. One of my pals described this song’s genre as „atmospheric evil punk” which could be funny – because it’s a non-existente genre-crossover - but it describes the track „Werewolf” well. All in all, it starts as a „very weak” song but the above mentioned upsides are grading it up to „fair”. It’s a good thing that each track of this EP was written in different style. After the starter’s punkened style comes a bit southern rock influenced song with a retro feeling and a great vocalizing and atmosphere. That’s the best song of the EP, it's surely good despite it is also not overcomplicated with its simple structure. The last track is a bit faster thrash/speed effort, it’s catchy but sounds also too familiar. The vocalist Maelstrom tries to make it more unique but somehow he’s not as good here as he was in the first two tracks. I mean, he is good at shouting and he has nice clean voice, but when he tries to compound them it simply doesn’t work well, it lacks energy. It seems that Devil’s Whorehouse is still in search for their own sound rather than mixing the genres and styles consciously. And because of this, it’s hard to describe their music genre. Death’n’roll wouldn’t be proper because I feel death metal’s presence only for moments, but surely, their soundscape is close to that subgenre. For being labelled as punk they have too many thrash and speed metal elements within their music, not to mention southern rock. So – just as other people – I also labeled their music as ’Death Rock’ because I found that very descriptive and in this case I don’t really care whether this subgenre exists or not.
After they have released their first full-length in 2003 the band went on a hiatus for 5 years, but as a listener, I don’t feel that this comeback was necessary. Of course, they should think it otherwise, because a band like this could be a great opportunity for every musician to play an honest and atmospheric music without demonstrating their technical and musical skills. These bands are just about play the music you feel inside without compromises. There’s no problem with the honesty of Devil’s Whorehouse, they can be certainly good at live gigs but this EP is just not as atmospheric as it should be, it hasn’t got that cool dirty feeling in general, you feel that only for moments. They have good ideas but the execution is not the best, these songs have more potentialities in them. All in all, I won’t forget this band’s name because „Mouth of Hell” is a good song, but I think, Regain Records made a small blunder by signing this band.
2009 Blood & Ashes At Vbr
If anything else Devil's Whorehouse is a controversial band. There is no easy way to approach their music, being so similar to Danzig's previous and current efforts, you can either accept this as a necessary evil and proceed to uncover elements you could find interesting or dismiss it to its foundations and never bother again.
If you decide to give it a listen you will discover some rather unexpected qualities in their tracks that are lighthearted labeled as “death rock” or “misfits-samhain” covers.
The crucial point of this album is the heavy riffs that put the whole project in another perspective. The first and main result of the guitar work is that “Blood & Ashes” is closer to Danzig's solo albums than the horror punk of The Misfits. Add to the above some parts of Type O Negative (R.I.P. Pete Steele) essence and the result will not disappoint your persistence.
The production helps the songs reveal their various layers, although punk-rock orientated in their composition, the clear sound of Hakansson's bass lines and Makko's riffs break through any punk walls lifting the songs over the average of the indiscernible death rock pool.
On the other hand, the drumming is very well played but typical rock and the vocals, without being particularly bad, fail to deliver where the songs need an extra vocal boost to elevate them to brilliance so they remain just very good. The highlights would be “Speak the name of the dead”, “Oceans turn to blood” and “Face the Master” but check also “Werewolf Nation” and “Shadows never change”.