There's something pure about their music. Unadorned and devoid of honest pretension, Cult of the Psychic Fetus are refreshing.
Orgy of the Dead, the album's opener, capsulates their sound perfectly. Ghastly's not shy about the surf touch to his guitar. Rev. Doom belts a deep, sometimes growled melody (occasionally his voice is reminiscent of Danzig). Lord Erik plays a continually rumbling bass, and Markus Dark's drums hearken back to the "golden age" of rock and roll.
No, I'm not talking about the Bat Cave. It's more like the 50's.
For sure, Gothabilly is not for everyone, but if you've a penchant for old school goth rock, then Cult of the Psychic Fetus might be a tasty treat. Imagine Specimen, but less perky, or Alien Sex Fiend without the drugs, if the Munsters had been a serious show, and they'd needed a band, the Fetii would fit perfectly.
Totally over the top, they blend surf guitar with rockabilly rhythms. The sepulchral lyrics are sung a little too cheerily. The only way you could not appreciate their debut, Orgy of the Dead, is if you took the band more seriously than they take themselves.
It's cheesy, gloomy surf, and the band knows it. It's fun, and it's meant to be. Dead Bride is a good example. Picture gothed out muppets bopping around on the Muppet Show stage rockin' out to dissonant guitars and golden-oldies drumming.
Despite the psycho-billy leanings, the Cult is decidedly moderately paced, preferring fun romps to fast-paced killing sprees, something a zombie could shamble to. If you know who Play Dead was and actually enjoy their music, or you prefer the Fiends' "Gurl at the end of my gun" to "Now I'm feeling Zombiefied," then check out the Fetii.
The only warning I do have about the otherwise decent album is that it can be a bit much to take if it's not your cup of tea. If you think you might be interested, but you want to dip your toes before you take the full plunge, you can catch several Cult of the Psychic Fetus tracks on two solid Gothabilly compilations also available from Raven Music Group.
"Well there's zombies in the dance floor and the devil's on the stage..."
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