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"Melding a love of horror imagery with an amalgam of metal, pop, rockabilly and even outlaw country... the band has sharpened the focus of its songwriting since 2007's Respect the Dead and 2009's Welcome to the Nightmare. For Dead Stars Drive-In, the band worked at implementing the same sort of rousing choruses that Glenn Danzig penned with Misfits, Samhain and his eponymous hard rock project."
“AFI Inside AP.net Profile View Artist Profile News View News Articles Buy from Amazon.com Buy the Album or MP3s Stellar Corpses Announce New Album Stellar Corpses will release Dead Stars Drive-In on January 24, 2012 via Santa Carla Records. The album was produced by Joe McGrath and will feature guest spots from Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget of AFI and Michale Graves (ex-Misfits).”
“Stellar Corpses blast out a teeth-chattering, bone-rattling firestorm of ghoulish psychobilly rowdiness that’s sure to raise the dead from eternal sleep and inspire a full-fledged foot-stompin’ hootenanny in the graveyard. The beastly hellhound vocals are brashly surrounded by a furiously swirling funnel cloud of spooky hobgoblin backing vocals, a buzzing chainsaw slaughterhouse guitar, thunderous galloping slapback bass rhythms, and frantic rickety wood-splintering drumbeats. ‘Respect The Dead’ is a frightfully delectable audio experience… six songs of pure psychobilly pleasure!”
“The California band Stellar Corpses has carved its name in the skull of the worldwide psychobilly scene with its follow-up to last year’s impressive debut… thirteen rawking tracks that the Corpses have disinterred for your fist-pumping, rib-cracking, aural pleasure. Featuring shout-along anthems such as “Cemetery Man,” “Valley of Madness” and “My Shadow,” the album is perfectly [balanced] by some equally creepy crooners, including “Teenage Witchcraft” and “So Long, Goodbye.” But the standout track has to be “Hale Bopp,” which features samples of a spooky newscast detailing the deaths of the 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate Cult. With lyrics such as “Come on baby don’t hesitate/We’re knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s Gate/There’s something better on the other side/But the only way is mass suicide,” it’s destined to become a dancehall psychobilly standard. This band is here to stay, folks, because after all, you can’t keep a good corpse dow”
“Far more diverse than most horror rock outfits, Stellar Corpses strives for (and delivers) a unique sound that is hard to simply label psychobilly or horror punk. This could be a result of the entire band injecting their own personal musical influences into the release. Their new full length album titled Welcome to the Nightmare released by Fiend Force Records, exemplifies everything from the smooth freight-train tempo of legendary Johnny Cash to the classic blues stylings of Master Bo Diddley. However, “Corpses” stay true to the darker themed enthusiasm of the horror rock genre with songs titled “Hale Bopp,” based on the mass suicides of the Heaven’s Gate Cult and “Cemetery Man,” inspired by the 90′s movie are but two of 13 tracks that had this writer singing along with the entire album. I strongly urge you to check out this band and remember you can’t keep a good corpse down!”
“Stellar Corpses have been making a name for themselves locally and globally for nearly four years, mixing psychobilly, punk, rockabilly, surf rock and more, while striving to avoid any pigeonholes. Stellar Corpses released their debut EP, Respect The Dead, in 2007, toured Europe in 2008, and a new full length album, Welcome To The Nightmare, has just come out on Fiend Force Records, exploring a fuller breadth of styles. The instrumental title track kicks things off in high gear for the album, followed by the shout-along anthem “My Shadow.” “Cemetery Man,””One More Day” and “When You Don’t See Me” are among the other standout tracks on Welcome To The Nightmare, which is being unveiled at this week’s CD-release party at The Catalyst. “ Our predecessors, the guys who were doing rockabilly to start with, they were taking country and the blues and doing their own thing with it,” says Grave. “We just feel like we’re continuing that tradition, and being true to our”
“Stellar Corpses play a very American take on Psychobilly. The standards of a whacked the hell out of slap bass and rockabilly guitar are there in abundance but there is a definite Horrorpunk crossover going on here. Hardly surprising when you consider the label that they are on that big choruses and sweeping arrangements coupled with deeper than your average Psycho lyric are at the fore but adding to and not smothering the Rockabilly undercarriage. If this was given anything like the of sort airplay it undoubtedly deserves Stellar Corpses could easily find their fan base much wider lending from the likes of AFI.”
“Though it’s the Los Angeles scene that seems to be booming on any given weekend, Stellar Corpses have created a noteworthy buzz even from deep within their haunted Santa Cruz basement base. There are some major gems on Welcome to the Nightmare. “Hale Bopp” is both amusing and macabre, recounting the 1997 Heaven’s Gate mass suicide that coincided with the appearance of comet Hale-Bopp: “Matching pants and matching shawls / Cut your hair and your boyfriend's balls / Come on baby let’s do the Hale Bopp!” Some tracks forgo the heavy upright thump in lieu of a slower horror-punk or deathrock style, such as “When You Don’t See Me” and, to a lesser extent, “Teenage Witchcraft,” which is in more of a latter-day Misfits style. “Can’t Keep a Good Corpse Down” features some nice surf-styled guitar licks in one of the better tracks on the album. [Stellar Corpses] demonstrate a competent, driven, and ultimately rather enjoyable take on the narrowly defined genre.”
“The impressive debut EP from this Santa Cruz four-piece delivers hard rockin’ psychobilly with a side of horror sludge guaranteed to fortify the diet of any zombie hepcat. The Corpses have been steadily building a fan base on the west coast while opening for bands such as The Meteors and the Phenomenauts. Lead vocalist Dusty Grave croons grisly tunes with lyrics devoted to drive-in horror films, all perfectly complimented by the frantic upright bass of Dan “Mothman” and the Gatlin gun-fast drumming of Matt Macabre, who shows off his chops by matching speed with a sample of Leatherface’s trusty chainsaw on the twangy “Pieces of You.” This is a band to watch, especially if you want to live hard, die young and leave a stellar corpses.”