It's becoming a Halloween tradition to unveil a new horror jam from EDM artist Figure (a.k.a. Josh Gard) every October: last year, we hosted the premiere of the track “The Corpse Grinders” from the third album of his popular Monsters of Drumstep series – a record which rightly made our list of Best Horror Albums in 2012 – and Josh is right on schedule this month with the fourth installment, from which we're stoked to present the exclusive new single “Living Dead,” which is definitely one of his darkest and most sinister compositions. Listen to the track below, and click "download" for a free copy!
Monsters Volume 4, which drops tomorrow, serves up thirteen new horror-inspired club cuts, plus the bonus track “Child's Play” (which lines up nicely with Curse of Chucky's recent debut on DVD/Blu-ray). This release is also a step up in Figure's sonic evolution, taking on a more overtly cinematic structure than the previous Monsters releases, and stands up best to an end-to-end listening experience.
Atmospheric pieces signal transitions to each act of the album, starting with the stunning intro “Death's Gospel,” which combines a gothic symphony arrangement with the vibe of those “Thrills and Chills of the Haunted House” records I loved (and feared) as a kid, continuing with the second- and third-act interludes “Nightmares” (including an excerpt from a vintage Boris Karloff radio play) and “Symphony of the Damned,” and closing with the creepy coda “Cocytus.” Drenched with atmosphere and often driven by a dark piano motif, any one of these instrumentals could easily translate to a mood-dripping horror film score, and I'll be surprised if Josh's work doesn't make its way onto a retro-savvy horror soundtrack in the near future.
The more directly danceable material on Volume 4 is also top-notch, and includes excellent team-ups between Figure and several guest artists. The strongest of these collaborations include Khadfi Dub laying down some sick high-speed horrorcore rhymes for the caustic, hyper-tempo cut “The Crypt,” and Lexi Norton's ethereal vocals make “Are You Afraid of the Dark” one of Figure's most memorably moody creations... spin it below and listen for yourself:
True to the album's title, movie monsters ooze and stomp through cuts like the super-funkified “Giant Eyeball” and the creepy two-parter “The Blob” & “The Blob Returns,” which also include some great melodramatic excerpts from trailers for the 1958 version of The Blob and its '70s sequel Beware! The Blob. After the wheezing, agonizingly bent electro squeals of “Ade Due Damballa” (another reference to Child's Play, namely Chucky's voodoo soul-transfer ritual), we finally confront “The Devil” in the form of a jagged big-bass barrage, infused with a spooky trailer voice-over from the drive-in cult classic Race with the Devil.
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As consistently heavy hitters in the world of horror-centric EDM, any and all entries in the Monsters series to date are definite must-haves for your Halloween music collection, and Volume 4 is no exception. It's not too late to squeeze some of these creepy, bass-pounding tracks into your party mix, and there's even more prime material to choose from this time around. Jump on it!