Tuesday, 10 January 2017

45 GRAVE - Black Cross 7'' 1981

This is the debut 7Inch by 45 Grave, a band from Los Angeles, on Goldar Records. Founded 1979: Dinah (vocals), Rob (bass), Paul (guitar) and Don (drums). The original group broke up in 1985 but vocalist Dinah Cancer subsequently revived the band. 45 Grave are noted as one of the first bands to mix punk rock with horror-themed lyrics, thereby positioning them as progenitors of the horror punk subgenre. Their unique appearance and morbid theatricality also distinguished them as innovators of deathrock, a style of gothic rock. The first songs which I heard were the three from the very good compilation Hell Comes To Your House on Bemisbrain Records. Black Cross is a fuckin' great punk goodie while the flip is a sluggish lethargic stomper with fast breaks. Excellent guitar sound, pretty voice, damn cool stuff!

- Special Thx to Fredrik -

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