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by Jack of The Darkest Hours
originally published at http://www.darkestjack.com
Oct 12, 2009
Igor Spectre’s’ latest release Tramps in Stereo takes the band to new levels. After taking a 2 year break the band comes tearing back with their best record to date! This is an ultra high energy album that is Rock and Roll as only they can do it. It’s best listened to at very high volumes while cruising in a hearse. The songs feature their classic sound with a new infusion of 70’s glam. Igor is straight up Rock and Roll with a dark edge and a theatrical flare. Combining qualities of Bowie, Rocky Horror, campy horror, and The Damned. Tramps in Stereo just plain rocks!
The album starts with a campy horror intro that welcomes you to “ A Rock N Roll Tragedy.” What follows is the song “Bruise Knife”. This is classic Igor. “Breakin’ Up” and “Who’s In My Mouth” keeps that classic sound going strong. With track 2, “Bloody Murder”, Robert James (vocals) trades in his top hat for a platinum blonde wig. It’s this new Glam sound that fills most of the album. The songs “Belladonna Hemlock”, Tramps in Stereo”, and “Gorgeous Monster” showcase this sound best. You can hear a Diamond Dogs era Bowie fitting right in here.
The song “Little Death” is the darkest song on the album but “Rubber Bat Necklace” is full of that campy horror we all love. One song who’s sound sticks out here is “Pharaoh’s Got The Bomb”. It’s got an odd Egyptian flavor to it. The guitar is a kin to the Cure’s “Killing and Arab”. Then there is the amazing cover of Berlin’s classic “Metro”. Finishing of the album is the ballad “Parasol.”. A heart felt and fitting end I feel.
Robert James’s vocals have never sounded better. He is able to go from a high rock scream to a low dramatic voice flawlessly. The guitar is in top form with terrific and catchy lines. Played masterfully by Braxus Bane. There is a nice spooky organ sound that weaves it way thru the tracks created by Mary Woo.
Tramps in Stereo is a must-own CD. Every song is terrific and it’s energy is infectious. Capturing a Glam/Vamp/Rock sound that doesn’t get old even after the 20th listening. This is an instant classic. I don’t know what you guys did during that 2 year break but what ever it was keep it up! This is truly an album to die for!
by Mark Splatter, Originally Posted on Deathrock.com
This is gothic rock in its most literal form – quite competent if not extraordinary rock and roll with a surf slant to it. Sprouting from that foundation are juts of gothic guitar and organs as well as morose but slapstick lyrics that all come together to form a handful of really great songs! Igor Spectre pokes fun at gothic cliché’s that’ll have you laughing your fangs out. Its got camp, wit, and excellent musicianship with catchy hooks! Their full album pre-release which I was forwarded as well is just as good and promises to usher in many entertaining moments!