TERRORTRON - Necrophiliac Among the Living Dead
It is Mischief night and everyone is getting ready for the big, spooky day tomorrow. Costumes are being made, pranksters are getting ready to splash the nerd's house, and the local jock is making sure he looks as good as he can to get the girl of his dreams at tomorrow night's Halloween party. But you and your friends are not part of any of those groups. No, you are going to be heading directly to the theater to see the scariest film of the horror soaked season: Necrophiliac Among the Living Dead. You enter the theater with enthusiasm, but upon leaving you can tell that your friends are shaken up, and so are you, but no one is willing to admit it. Walking past a dimly lit alley, you see a figure stand, a moan come out, and suddenly you're all running down the street screaming for your lives. Was that a zombie you just saw or just a drunk hobo on his way out? You'll never know - and you sure don't want to find out.
This is at least the story I curated in my own head upon discovering TERRORTRON and his soundtrack to a fake horror film titled Necrophiliac Among the Living Dead. This eighties loving maestro has me in all sorts of twists imagining this film, imagining the audience watching it and their reactions to it, and then creating a story about a lost group of kids who went to see the R-Rated film after their parents told them not to. I absolutely adore any band that can get my imagination going and TERRORTRON has done just that. However, before I continue let me back up and give a bit more of a proper introduction.
TERRORTRON is self-professed electronic ode to the soundtracks of horror films that we all know and adore. John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, etc.; all the greats of 80s horror scores and beyond have taken some influence on this producer's life and it easily shows in their sound and imagery. Based out of Asheville, North Carolina TERRORTRON released their first album in October 2015 and it was titled Hexed. The album was also a fake soundtrack following a young woman's revenge on a Satanic cult who sacrificed and buried her. One year after that, TERRORTRON released the exact piece I was talking about earlier: Necrophiliac Among the Living Dead.
This is another grandiose horror homage that focuses around the story of Jessica, a mortician who has a little sexual secret that no one should know about. However, when the living dead begin to rise from their graves, well, as TERRORTRON puts it, "All rise for the NIGHT OF THE LOVING DEAD!"
The appeal of TERRORTRON's album begins off with the cover art; a buxom blond surrounded by many undead hands as rays of light crack out of the sky is vintage horror to a T. Anyone with a love for those long lost VHS tapes they wish they still had will find themselves in delight at the mere presence of this. Hell, even if this wasn't a music album I probably would be ordering myself a poster just for the art and aesthetic. Thankfully, TERRORTRON's music is just as good as his presentation.
Necrophiliac Amon the Living Dead easily sounds like it should have been made thirty five years ago adorning a cheesy horror film that would have cult status by today. Each track on the oozing synth album had a title that made the story of the fake film all the more real. I laughed when I saw the fourth track as a love scene as I could only imagine what would be considered a love scene since Jessica has such a peculiar fetish. I could see the panic ensue as the living dead infest the town with 'Run, Hide...They're Everywhere!'. I could see a calm demeanor as the threat ended with 'Return to Dust', only for a just before credits sequence to occur showing that the undead have not yet retreated - making way for more and more sequels.
TERRORTRON is just one of those adoring synth acts that are perfectly able to capture the pure essence, horror, and overall cheese of 80s drive-in horror films. From the amount of love put into the music, the titles, and the cover art, I can only sit here and wish a movie was made for these soundtracks. Hell, it makes me want to write a script for these films. Nonetheless, I can only hope that I can claim both this record and his previous album Hexed before they sell out for my own shelves. They're both damned good, and TERRORTRON has become a new favorite of mine. 9 out of 10. End of story.
May 25 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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