Title - 'Killsmith Halloween - Best Of Killsmith 2008-18'
Artist - Neal Smith
For those not in the know, Neal Smith is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock group Alice Cooper from 1967 to 1974.
He performed on the group's early albums Pretties for You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies.
His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the "Performer" category, as a member of the original Alice Cooper band.
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Neal Smith’s first KillSmith solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called Neal Smith – KillSmith Halloween, the very best of KillSmith.
Inclusive of 11 previously released KillSmith songs it also features one brand new song called “Strychnine.”
1. "EVIL VOODOO MOON"
2. "DEATH BY THE NUMBERS"
3. "HOW DO YOU BLEED"
4. "CEMETERY OF THE DAMNED"
5. "SQUEEZE LIKE A PYTHON"
6. "THE KILLSMITH OVERTURE"
7. "THRILL THRILL THRILL SHOOT TO KILL"
8. "DIE FOR THE NIGHT"
11. "DYNASTY OF DARKNESS"
12. "MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC"
"Since my last solo album, KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire, I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best “KillSmith” songs", Smith admits.
"I have chosen 11 songs plus a brand new bonus track called “Strychnine,” it’s a killer! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my KillSmith Halloween loud and let it scare the “HELL” out of you!", he adds.
Kicking off with the thunderous "Evil Voodoo Moon," that's backed by the mid-tempo swap vibe of "Death by the Numbers," before the raw punk sounds of "How Do You Bleed." The methodically perfect drumming of "Cemetery of the Damned" make this a stand out cut, and that's backed by the more poppier sounds of the melodic "Squeeze Like a Python."
The dynamite Eastern orchestrations of "The Killsmith Overture" are next and that's followed by the balls out beauty "Thrill Thrill Thrill Shoot to Kill." The ballad "Die for the Night" breaks tings up nicely and then comes another great cut in the form of the speeding underworld train of "Pandemonium."
New track "Strychnine" is a Cramps-esque tune that evokes all the great things from that era that have long since gone from today's music and that's backed neatly by the deathly growls of "Dynasty of Darkness." The album them rounds out perfectly with the gentle trash guitar of "Monsters in the Attic."
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