Bronx Casket Co. was originally formed in 1998 by Overkill co-founder
and bassist D.D. Verni. Along with D.D. the ban also features Tim Millare
from Overkill, Jack Frost from Savatage and Mike Hideous from the Misfits.
Itís a unique cast to create a doom laden metal album. At times the band
is reminiscent of Type O Negative. Even the guitar tone and distortion can
be similar to Type O. Not that they are a copy of them, they add their own
styles and other influences as well. You can almost hear things suggestive
to White Zombie, Babylon Whores, H.I.M. and Rammstein, but nothing is a
regular occurrence. I guess you could say ěHellectricî is a more rockiní
version of a normal doom band, or a harder and darker edged, goth-rock band.
Itís a nice balance. They arenít afraid to drop a heavy, catchy riff in
a song, and then use something with eerie keys with a lot of atmosphere.
In other words, nice use of contrast. Seems like they painted thin metallic
layers of all metal related music they like together, to make this disc.
What else would you expect? These guys are professionals! Every track on
this disc is appealing in one way or another, usually with a little more
vitality than bands with similar traits. ěLittle Dead Girlî is the first
single and video off this disc. Independent film director, Lee Lanier, created
this track in an animated vision. In the middle of this disc BCC included
an instrumental track, entitled ěMotocrypt.î After hearing this song itís
probably best described as a modified, metalized version of ěThe Munstersî
theme. At the very least, you should get a kick out of it. But probably
the most surprising on the disc could be the cover of Lynyrd Skynyrdís ěFreebird.î
I always appreciate covers more when the band takes an original track and
makes it their own instead of just trying to make an exact copy. Bronx Casket
Co does this cover well. Itís definitely their own style and they only really
used the framework of the song. ěHellectricî is a pleasing collection of
twelve darkened tracks that will make your skin crack and blister for about
an hourÖ just donít be out in the public while that happens. It gets kind
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins