Album Review: Zombina And The Skeletones – “Charnel House Rock”
It’s quite scary (appropriately enough) to think that Zombina and her gang of ghouls are now well into their second decade as a band. Now on their fourth album, it’s also a pleasure to report that they’re still as wonderfully unpredictable, warped and tuneful as ever.
Given that previous Zombina albums have often included goth brooding, spiky punk attitude, vaudeville showmanship and doo-wop barbershop quartet vocals (sometimes all in the same song), they’ve left themselves quite a high standard to live up to, but from the moment the frenetic “Tonight There Will Be No Survivors” kicks this collection off, it’s clear that they’re notching up another album with consummate ease.
Not only is it just as good as ever, it’s as twisted as ever also, with the Skeletones swinging like a bunch of zombie baboons tanked up on Tizer from the full-on Misfits snarl of “Walk With Me” (with Zombina sounding like Glenn Danzig’s snotty kid sister on what has to be one of the heaviest Skeletones songs to date) through the tribal drums of “How To Make A Monster” to the hellbilly hoedown of “Unspeakable Things”. Dare I say it, the slower more thoughtful likes of “Don’t Go Into The Light” and the twisted tale of sado-masochism that is “Misery” even show, God forbid, a more mature side to the Skeletones though. Don’t worry though, the energy and attitude that made them such a great band to begin with is still present and correct, and it’s this which makes “Charnel House Rock” one to put right near the top of your shopping list.
It's to Zombina and the Skeletones' credit that they're still churning out albums of this quality at a stage of their career where a fair few other bands would have given up and resorted to tired retreads of their past work. "Charnel House Rock" is another very worthy addition to their catalogue and is well worth a look. To be honest, it's criminal that a band this original and inventive but with such great tunes to boot are still largely unknown, but that's the world's loss and not theirs. What more can I say, go out and buy this bugger!