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Calabrese - Born With A Scorpion's Touch

Spookshow Records

As much as The Crowgrrl loves music, I rarely get quite as excited about a new album as I was on first listen of Calabrese’s Born With A Scorpion’s Touch (Spookshow Records). This one immediately had me addicted, and went directly into my personal “Heavy Rotation Stack”. I’m loving this album!!!

Reading the band’s bio and finding that their influences are some of my personal favorites – running the gamut from Black Sabbath to Danzig to The Ramones and many illustrious icons in between – these are big shoes to fill! But these guys do not disappoint - Calabrese not only combines these influences into a homage, but kicks it up to a whole new notch! The musicianship is stellar throughout this album, and the vocal harmonies are amazing! I can listen to this album all day!

These Horror-Punk impresarios hail from Phoenix, Arizona. The three siblings include Bobby Calabrese (guitar/vocals), Davey Calabrese (drums), and Jimmy Calabrese (bass, vocals). They’re definitely a force to be reckoned with, appearing in independent films including the SyFy channel’s “The Graves” and on punk rock collaboration albums.

There are two excellent videos from the album to check out on YouTube for the songs “I Wanna Be A Vigilante” and “There Is Evil Inside”.

From the very first riffs of “American Rebel Death Riders”, this album grabs the listener by the jugular and does not let go. The “Born With A Scorpion’s Touch” title track eludes to an immortal entity, and is incredibly catchy! “I Wanna Be A Vigilante” evokes images of many a comic book hero! “At Night I Am The Warmest” is both seductive and frightening.

The thunderous “Loner At Heart” hits like a sledgehammer. “Mindwarp” is definitely addictive! The razor-sharp “Danger” sends chills down the very spine. “Only The Dead Know My Name” introduces us to a chainsaw-wielding fiend.

The biker-infused “Ride With The Living Dead” is a wild ride indeed! The bass solo was a nice touch in the adrenaline-fueled “I Ride Alone”. Ominous boot-stomps lead us into the delightfully diabolic “There Is Evil Inside”.

Again, this album seriously Rocks! Any fan of the Misfits, the Ramones, Danzig, Samhain, etc. pretty much MUST add this title to their audio library!

~Athena Schaffer