There are many things we could say about Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies, the just released horror-worshipping, gore-festooned debut album from superlative down n' dirty death metallers Orloff, but here is the fun fact that probably best sums it up: The first 100 copies ordered come with a limited edition barf bag. Which is why Decibel suggests readers procure, say, a small garbage pail or mixing bowl before pressing play on the exclusive stream of "Crimson Deathshroud" below.
And while that fetid little earworm burrows its way into your brain, check out this list of five Orloff-approved Halloween horrors straight from Waldemar de Marnac, the band's master of "four-string slayings and werewolf howlings."
1. Horror Rises From the Tomb: Paul Naschy's best film from the early 70's. It has everything. Zombies, sacrifices, decapitations, murky atmosphere, and a killer organ soundtrack. This movie alone has had the biggest influence on Orloff.
2. The Skull: One of my all time favorite Amicus horror films from the 60's that features Peter Cushing in one of his best roles. An occult, dark, horror classic that needs to be seen by more people.
3. Tales From the Crypt: The early 70's classic anthology horror film. Great for any time of the year -- Xmas also -- but Halloween is the best time to watch this gem.
4. City of the Living Dead: The most atmospheric early 80's horror/gore film ever. Still creepy after all these years with one of the most amazing soundtracks ever.
5. EC comics: The classic 50's horror comics. Great reading during this time of year. Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, and Haunt of Fear. 'Nuff said!