Oh! The Horror: Halloween 365 [ALBUM REVIEW]

Band/Artist: Oh! The Horror
Release House: Welcome To The Underground
Genre: rap/metal/horrorcore
One Sentence Synopsis: The horror-driven debut album
Series: Standalone
Single/EP/Album: Album
Release Date: 7-31-2020
Running Time: 35 Minutes
MSRP: $12.99
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Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan
Final Score: 4.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)

 

I was introduced to Oh! The Horror back in May when they performed on the Majik Ninja Entertainment online event, Netfest: On Your Couch. Hailing from Sacramento, CA and bringing with them an atypical style of horror-driven rap metal, they released their debut album Halloween 365 on MNE’s sub-label Welcome To The Underground.

Theme

Lyrically driven by the idea of everyday being like Halloween, “Kill Em’ All” opens the album hard with some heavy guitar riffs and metal growls which suddenly transforms into a type of horrorcore industrial rap, then transitioning back into the metal influence. That formula runs throughout each song with a few exceptions.

There are numerous influences from different musical genres that you can hear on this album. “Leave Me Alone” brings with it old school sounding hip-hop, screamo and nu metal, and possibly the only “real” singing you’ll hear on the album, performed by Mathew Tybor of The Bunny The Bear. The song “Bodies” has me hearing more of a trap influence with some industrial metal vibes. My top three songs are “Boomstick” featuring Blaze Ya Dead Homie, “Scream” featuring Jamie Madrox, and the title track.

 

Presentation

As a fan of music that is different, I thought Oh! The Horror produced a pretty awesome sound on Halloween 365. It’s not exactly rap metal, as most of the time that rapping is taking place on the album the metal influence is toned done and it transitions into a rap subgenre, and then it goes back into the metal during a hook or transition to a verse. You can tell there is an array of different musical influences and genres going throughout it. Horrorcore, trap, nu metal, industrial metal, shock rock, possibly even some sludge here and a little horror punk there; all of it put together in a way that works REALLY well.

Audience Fit

I think it goes without saying that fans of horror-themed music would benefit from checking them out. Also anyone who enjoys experimental genre crossovers. (What’s funny is this album has something for elitists of numerous scenes to hate on. Metalhead elitists will hate it because it’s rap, rap elitists will hate it because it’s metal, etc.) Definitely for those who appreciate multiple genres of music.

Closing Thoughts

Oh! The Horror had me both headbanging and vibing to their brand of horror rap metal, and Halloween 365 has made it into my Top 10 of the year. Haters should just listen to “IDontCare.”

 

        Theme: 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
        Presentation: 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
        Audience Fit: 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
        Final Score (not an average): 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)

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Author: Reverend Leviathan

Reverend Leviathan is the Music & Media Editor at DarkestGoth Magazine. He has been part of the Gothic community since his high school years. He released an album in 2008 entitled "Eden's Graveyard" and has also self-published a book, Gothlic: The Testimony of a Catholic Goth. He specializes in music (Goth, ambient, industrial, horror punk and doom metal) and independent films. You can follow him at Facebook.com/revleviathan7. If you have questions about having your music or media reviewed or featured at DarkestGoth, you can email Reverend Leviathan directly. (Not all music or media will be eligible for coverage by DGM, due to its style or the current knowledge base of DGM staff. If your media is accepted, we are currently estimating a 90-120 day turnaround for reviews and/or other coverage, so please plan requests accordingly.)

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