Theatrical rock is a staple in the music world. You have to have some kind of expression in your music to make it, whether it’s stage presence, a great stage show or great musicianship.
St. Madness is well on their way with their new release “Vampires in the Church.”
Stage makeup and a theatrical show are just two components of the St. Madness package. With the release of “Vampires in the Church,” it should put them on the doorstep of a higher power, dealing out fifteen-tracks of blood curdling and at times, chillingly memorizing music. This album kicks off with an intro that lends the title track great depth, and a blitzkrieg of talent that pours from the bowels of hell.
“Vampires in the Church” is just a great song. If you think for one minute that St. Madness is a joke because of the stage antics and makeup, forget it.
Take the riffs of the duel guitars by PsychoJack and Doom. It’s like Angus Young alongside Kerry King. Coupled with the harsh raw vocals of Prophet, this combination of forces are what make St. Madness stand out. They bring a classic rock feel with aggressive sounds that are rarely heard in the music of today. “Arizona” is another good tune with the addition of acoustic guitar that is both melodic and can hold your attention. You really get it all with this album.
Check out “Covered in Blood Again”: it’s the blues done up right, and no, that is not David Lee Roth singing on this track. My favorite track would be “Head” and it’s not because of the name, you perverts!
It has some great lyrics, but it’s the balance of the song and the music that makes this tune a classic; don’t expect to hear this one on the airwaves though, due to lyrical content…(‘just give me some head/suck it until I’m dead/down on your knees/I know you like to please’).
St. Madness pays homage to the late Dimebag with their rendition of “Walk,” and they also include a version of “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls, with a modification to the
title: “I Cut Myself.” Prophet’s vocals change from song to song, but it fits the music every time. Depending on your tastes, you might have to get used to his vocal style, but you will inevitably, find yourself listening to this album over and over again.
St. Madness has already had some success performing with the likes of Fates Warning, Van Halen, Flotsam & Jetsam, Mercyful Fate, Destruction, Lynch Mob, King Diamond, The Misfits, and Six Feet Under, so keep your eyes on this band it’s just a matter of time before the vampires of darkness strike with St. Madness.
- Prophet - Vocals
- PsychoJack - Lead guitar
- Doom - Lead guitar
- Mudd - Bass guitar
- Dark Soul - Drums
- Vampires in the Church
- Speaking in Tongues
- Covered in Blood Again
- Return to Madness
- Carl the Clown
- Ever After
- Walk (a tribute to Dimebag Darrell Abbott)
- Missing Girl’s Body Found
- I Cut Myself (the Divinyls ‘I Touch Myself)
- Until Death
- Just Say Goodbye