Snow White's Poison Bite
Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show


2.0
poor

Review

by TommyIcedB USER (16 Reviews)
April 29th, 2013 | 9 replies | 2,823 views


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Every bit as gruesome as it sounds

Snow White's Poison Bite. Remember them? Those Finnish guys who had a brief flirt with popularity after releasing some incredibly awful pop-rock-come-post-hardcore tunes a la Black Veil Brides a few years back? Well, turns out they're still around. And they've done a little bit of growing up. A little.

After signing to Victory Records, they're back with 'Featuring Dr. Gruesome and the Gruesome Gory Horror Show', an instant candidate for most overly gimmicky album name of the year. Or perhaps all time. What Snow White's Poison Bite get right is that they've ditched their annoying mainstream sound for a more classic horror-punk sound. Throw in a variety of different influences from every corner of rock music and you get this Frankensteins monster of an album.

Where it goes wrong is the execution. It's admirable that this album clearly has a lot of inspiration poured into it, but the Finnish shock-rockers don't quite have the substance to pull it off. The intro track begins cornily enough, sounding like some kind of cheesy ghost train introduction, but it's appropriate. What follows is 8 tracks of madness, and not necessarily the good kind. The songs come in all shapes and sizes; 'There's A New Creep on the Block' brings the heaviness with a big beefy breakdown, while 'Will You Meet Me In the Graveyard?' contains a good old fashioned annoyingly catchy chorus. Hell, even Michael Graves from horror-punk legends the Misfits in 'Zombie Romance'.

But all these great ideas collapse. Maybe the band don't have the spunk to pull it off. The intros to the aforementioned 'Will You Meet Me in the Graveyard?' and 'The Gruesome Gory Horror Show' sound incredibly similar, suggesting a lack of creativity in their general musicianship. The vocals are by far the most niche feature that Snow White's Poison Bite bring to the table. Sure, the general style almost slots into the horror-punk genre, but maybe that's an excuse to cover up the fact that "Jeremy Thirteenth" (yep, it's one of those bands where they all have nicknames) sings so nasally he may as well have a champagne cork shoved firmly up each nostril.

It's actually a shame, as 'Dr. Gruesome and the Gruesome Gory Horror Show' seemed like an intriguing idea, but Snow White's Poison Bite just failed at pulling it off to its full potential. Songs can be fun in short bursts, but listening to the album start-to-finish can feel like a chore, especially when, y'know, you could just turn it off and put on something good.



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Sconza
April 28th 2013


259 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Graves sounds terrible on that track. Had they not put his name in the title, I wouldn't have even thought it to be him singing.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013


3449 Comments


this just looks horrible

TommyIcedB
April 29th 2013


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You mean gruesome, right? ;)

Mabbitt
May 12th 2013


1364 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Their earlier stuff is kind of a guilty pleasure, but this album was almost un-listenable save for 2
or so songs.

Also "from horror-punk legends the Misfits in 'Zombie Romance'." Should say "...Misfits is in 'Zombie
Romance.'"

FiveLeavesLeft
May 13th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

bleh

sixdegrees
May 13th 2013


17039 Comments


what is this shit

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.1

As if 'The Story of Kristy Killings' wasn't a bad enough album title, Snow White's Poison Bite follow it up with the corny 'Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show'! On their 2nd LP (& Victory Records debut), the Finnish horror-punk quartet display an obvious Misfits influence in delivering an ambitious concept album. While there are some genuinely catchy moments, they feel disposable & are surrounded by ludicrously juvenile lyrics & Allan Cotterill's sub-par vocals. Most irritating is how half the songs stretch out to over 4 minutes in length! Recommended Tracks: The Gruesome Gory Horror Show & Lurking Inside of You.

Hopelust
June 12th 2013


1007 Comments


What the fuck is this.

FiveLeavesLeft
March 1st 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The band name alone makes me want to punch a fucking wall



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