Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wooden Stake - Vampire Plague Exorcism

Wooden Stake
Vampire Plague Exorcism
2010 Hexamorphosis Productions
Oddly enough, I don't believe there's any mentions of vampires on this mini-CD. That doesn't make it any less creepy though. Everyone's favorite multi-instrumentalist, how-many-projects-can-he-have maniac, the Elektrokutioner is back and teaming up with one Vanessa Nocera [bass, vocals] to create the
haunted sounds of Wooden Stake. I'm sure some will try to draw comparisons between this band and Canada's Cauchemar... But besides the facts that they're both female fronted and that Vanessa sings in English and not French, the reality is that Wooden Stake are in the Saint Vitus doom vein, while Cauchemar are far more NWOBHM influenced. I'm a little on the fence about Vanessa's vocals. Not her singing though, that's fine, and she sounds like maybe Stevie Nicks mixed with a little Grace Slick. No, the issue I'm referring to is the fact that she's very low in the mix. On the one hand, I'd like to hear her a little better over the music. But at the same time, the fact that the mix has her lower than most everything else gives a whole new dimension to their sound... one of claustrophobia. This mini-CD is very limited, so you probably want to get moving on obtaining a copy. But if you miss it (or if you don't), you'll have other opportunities to hear the band. They've got a couple of split releases coming in the near
future. I'd rather see a full-length release, but corpses can't be choosers.