Carnival of Shame - Tortured

Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2010

This band combines elements of such legendary bands as the Misfits (and Danzig, too), Billy Idol, and occasionally Dead Kennedys. Musically, CoS is really interesting, although rather difficult to describe. Sometimes bordering on Thrash, sometimes more like early Punk, and sometimes more like straight ahead Rock. Vocally, I’m reminded of Glenn Danzig, but that’s not quite all there is to it. The vocals are more aggressive when necessary, but always fit exactly with the music. And that is one of this band’s greatest assets- they are extremely tight. It all fits together perfectly. Another asset is that all 13 songs stick with you. And finally, this band radiates an awesome amount of energy. I would bet that the Carnival is god live. Anyway, this LP is a bit different than their first LP, Go Tell Mother, it’s more polished, but not overdone. I really like this and I think anyone with an open mind will too. Favorite tracks: “Bad News Travels Fast” and “Naked Again.”

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