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After tearing it up with the chart-topping The Silver Scream, Ice Nine Kills have returned for another scare, sharing The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood – because let’s face it, baby, these days you gotta have a sequel!
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It’s dramatic, thrilling and fast-paced, and it celebrates the dark side of cinema with another 13 cuts from classic horror flicks.
Only this time, the band has done more than just fanboy over Child’s Play, Psycho, The Fly, and Candyman – to name a few! Its first track, Opening Night … paints the record as the memoir of a crazed killer and takes us right into their twisted mind.
Guitarists Ricky Armellino and Dan Sugarman, bassist Joe Occhiuti and drummer Patrick Galante have played their black hearts out here, and their performance is what’s made this record so immersive. Frontman Spencer Charnas, the driving creative force for INK, is just as impressive, and takes a jump-scare approach with his vocals, flexing between moments of security and utter chaos. None of this will be new to previous listeners of the band, but by no means does this take away from the experience that is Welcome to Horrorwood.
There are a few things we’re sure of in life. Twist endings, the virgin being the final girl and Ice Nine Kills dominating the horrorcore world. So before we finish up this review, we have just one question, is it too early to start asking for The Silver Screen Three?
If anything, Ice Nine Kills have still thrown in a couple of twists for good measure. There’s a HOLY SHIT! appearance from Corpsegrinder and equally killer features from the likes of Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) and Buddy Nielsen (Senses Fail). On top of that, there’s also the 80s funk transition on Hip to be Scared, the injection of old-school crooning on Ex-Mørtis and the paired back, gentle intro to Farewell II Flesh. Although the record is strongest in its opening scenes, these moments keep it bones on ice the way through. There are a few things we’re sure of in life. Twist endings, the virgin being the final girl, and Ice Nine Kills dominating the horrorcore world. So before we finish up this review, we have just one question, is it too early to start asking for The Silver Screen Three?
STANDOUT TRACKS: Welcome to Horrowood, Assault and Batteries, Farewell II Flesh
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