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Lust for Sacrilege

Company: Spookshow Records
Release: 2015
Genre: Hard rock, punk
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • A hidden gem

  • Unfairly labeled as horror punk, Calabrese are more of a hard rock/punk-infused band that have some horror elements to them but are not solely based on that theme. Their latest album, "Lust for Sacrilege", is a fun, raucous romp with a few slower, more deliberate songs. The vocals are an insanely catchy mix of Danzig and Roland Orzabal from Tears for Fears. At times the bravado and timbre of Danzig comes right at you ("Down In Misery", "Gimme War") while on others, the sonorous and melodic vocals reminiscent of the Tears for Fears vocalist soothe your soul ("Flesh and Blood", "The Dark Is Who I Am"). The music ranges from a, sort of, Volbeat rockabilly to classic punk to an almost pure country feel, albeit the country coming only on the album's final track. What I found to be so incredible about this album is the sheer listenability of it. At any point on any given day, I could throw this on and go to any song and immediately be sucked in and immersed in--hooks, catchy vocals and an infectious sound. The varying sound styles and vocal delivery really keep your attention and the songwriting is very solid, with no one track sounding like another. This is a hidden gem that once discovered, will continually blind you with its brilliance and beauty.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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