Horror-themed Death Metal, lyrical wise, is something that is as old as the “ugh!” of Tom Warrior. Sort of.
Horror-themed Death Metal in the vein of Horror theme music as fundament is something less common. Sort of.
Allow me to explain…Heads for the Dead, with Ralf Hauber (vocals, Revel in Flesh), Ed Warby (drums, ex-Gorefest and ex-Hail of Bullets) and Jonny Pettersson (the rest of the instruments and participates in a lot), creates a pace-variated form of Old School Death Metal but with a dark, obscure and revulsive atmosphere. Sometimes the feeling occur that they use a Horror synthesizer bit and transform it in a riff, lead or guitar driven atmosphere and create a song around it. There is also a nice and once again uncommon cover on it; Darkthrone’s “Transilvanian Hunger” which is well executed.
“Into the Red” is definitely not as easy to digest as an album from, for example, Revel in Flesh, Hail of Bullets or Gods Forsaken, and it will not please all of you. Yet this will be enjoyed by the right public. A public who can imagine a song like “At the Dead of Night” as background music of a trailer.
Fade in…there is blood slowly dripping from the knife…a body on the floor is gasping for the last air… *background music starts*