I must admit that I did not expect a hard type of punk music looking at the band. One member of the band has hair like Wayne Static and yet another looks like ey would be perfect in Union Underground. However, what The Horrifics sound like is nothing like how they look. â€œUzumakiâ€ is the first full track on â€œNow Fear Thisâ€, and it links together the TKO streetpunk sound with the more Irish-punk of the Dropkick Murphys and hints of early Pennywise. â€œThat Which Looksâ€ is where this Pennywise influence starts, and this mid-nineties
The horrorpunk sound really kicks in for â€œForever The Nightâ€. The band does not really derivate from the sound created by a Misfits or Balzac, but they are able to carry the torch without making a mockery of the genre. The fact that the production of the disc is strong makes it stand up quite strongly to the rest of the horrorcore on the market. By having the classic brand of horrorcore (using goth-like imagery and catchy, cartoonish vocals), The Horrifics make a slow starting â€œNow Fear Thisâ€ into a pretty damn decent album. While most bands canâ€™t stay fresh and interesting through seventeen tracks (and many bands struggle to get through ten or eleven), The Horrifics are capable enough to and actually will make individuals salivate for the chance to hear more music.
By far, the best track on â€œNow Fear Thisâ€ is â€œThis Hungry Sufferingâ€. â€œThis Hungry Sufferingâ€ is a track that is slow, emotional, and sounds kind of like â€œSaturday Nightâ€ (a later Misfits song). The catchiness is cranked up all the way, the band shows me that they should be a bigger act, and 1031 is shown to be smart as hell for getting this band to release on their label. If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned acts, give â€œNow Fear Thisâ€ a few spins. Itâ€™s relatively short (36 minutes), itâ€™s catchy, itâ€™s fun and will get a party bumping. If you like punk music in general, there will be something on this disc that you can latch onto.
Top Tracks: Scarecrow Fields, In Dark Descent