Its safe to say the Misfits havent released a great album since 1997s classic comeback American Psycho, so its good to see bands like The Other flying the flag for quality horror punk. Not only have these guys snatched the baton from the Misfits skeletal hand but theyve vaulted right over the graveyard wall with it because songs like Castle Rock and Transylvania are nigh on unstoppable with their creepy riffs and razor sharp harmonies. But this isnt just about fiend worship, cos The Other have all their bases well covered close your eyes and Blood Runs Cold could be AFI at their creative peak, In League With The Devil is the elusive hit song Danzig has been trying to write these last ten years, and The Lovesick Mind with its subtle strings and brooding atmospherics would be a nice choice for Pete Steeles wake. 8/10. Ian Glasper, reviewing New Blood in Terrorizer, September 2010 issue.
Europes Number One Horror Punk Rock band The Other are set to unleash their mighty fifth studio album, The Devils You Know, on Steamhammer / SPV on June 18th. The Devils You Know, the follow up to 2010s hugely acclaimed New Blood breakthrough album, was, like its predecessor, produced by Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, Grip Inc, Therion, Moonspell), who encouraged The Other to push the envelope even further than ever before.
The Devils You Know combines the speed and singalong compatibility of classic punk rock, the raw riffs and aggression of metal, plus the atmosphere and attitude of 80s wave and goth rock. Rod Usher notes that We have continued to grow over the years, allowing a range of different influences and giving our songs more atmosphere and complexity. At the same time, they have more power, perhaps even more than in the early days. Waldemar has succeeded in getting more out of our songs and out of every single musician.
Additionally, new band member Victor Sharp, who plays his bass with the precision of Swiss clockwork, and is also an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and arranger, has injected new inspiration; Lots of ideas on the new album were spawned by him, which not only relieves but also supports Sarges and my creativity explains Rod.
To coincide with the release of the album The Other Der Fluch des Kultes (The Other The Curse of the Cult), a 40 page comic book, drawn by renowned German comic artist Schwarmel, who is also well known for his long lasting collaboration with Die Ärzte, will be published on Panini, who additionally produce the Marvel, DC, Star Wars and Simpsons comics. The Other Der Fluch des Kultes, the follow up to the bands first comic book, Tales From The Other, (which was published five years ago by a small horror publisher), tells a turbulent tale in which Dr. Caligari brings the members of The Other back from the dead and has them conquer the world as rock stars; but a mysterious cult tries to stop them on their ascent to power. Theres horror, sex, action and rocknroll all the things that fans of The Other and comic books in general love states Usher.
The Devils You Know will be available as a 15 track jewel case CD, and as a limited edition (of 500) double vinyl gatefold album, containing a bonus track plus their The Other Der Fluch des Kultes 40 page comic book.
The Other were formed in Leichlingon, Germany, from the ashes of a Misfits covers band, The Ghouls, in 2002. They soon made a name for themselves for their horror movie inspired image and stage outfits, manic live performances and catchy, hook- laden songs. After the release of their debut album Theyre Alive in 2004, The Other supported the likes of The Misfits, Wednesday 13 and The 69 Eyes round Germany. We Are Who We Eat, The Others second album, released in 2006, was similarly well received and won the band European tours with Bela B, Wednesday 13 and The Meteors.
In January 2007 The Other ventured out on their first US tour, playing gigs all round Arizona, Nevada and California, where they sold out the Key Club in Hollywood and the Showcase Theatre in Corona. On returning to Germany they set off on tour first with the Damned and then with The Cult.
The Others third album, The Place To Bleed, released in 2008, catapulted them into the national German album charts, propelled by a provocative promo video clip featuring German porn star Leonie Saint, which MTV put on heavy rotation. Summer 2009 saw The Other play numerous prestigious slots at such major festivals as Summer Breeze, Force Attack, Gladerock, Dockyard, Endless Summer and Amphi Festival (alongside the likes of Amon Amarth, Fields Of The Nephilim, Laibach, Life Of Agony, Kreator, UK Subs and Volbeat).
In the wake of fantastic reviews of New Blood the bands first album to be released on SPV, The Other landed slots at Wacken Open Air 2010 (with Maiden, Slayer etc) and then Mera Luna, (with Sisters of Mercy).
A video for Puppet On The String, the first radio single to be taken from The Devils You Know, made with stop motion techniques, will be released to coincide with the album, prior to being shown at several film festivals.
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