MUSIC

The Bloodiest Bands of All Time

These guys are bats*it crazy, but it's Spooky Season after all!

Spooky season is upon us, and that means that it's time for us to pay respect to the bands and artists that genuinely terrify us.

The world of music is such a diverse and creatively open environment, which is both a gift and a curse. It's a gift in that self-expression, no matter how horrid, is (usually) welcomed with open arms, and it's a curse because self-expression, no matter how horrid, is (usually) welcomed with open arms. Let's take a look at the worlds spookiest musical acts and pay homage to those that have scarred us forever!

Slipknot

You can't talk about scary musicians without discussing the antics of Corey Taylor's 17-piece metal ensemble: Slipknot. Those spooky masks aside, the guys have all come clean about the absolutely bats*it things they've done as a band. From getting pissed on by two girls to huffing the scent of a jarred bird's corpse to get high on stage, these guys have a gauntlet of horror stories seemingly with no end. Also, let's not forget that they got into a fight using their own feces. Rock on guys, I guess.

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Karens. Even if you don't know them by name, you know who they are.

Karens have been asking to speak to managers all over American suburbia ever since Kate Gosselin debuted her infamous reverse-mullet on Jon and Kate Plus 8 in 2007. "Karens"—the collective nickname for middle-aged entitled white women who love nothing more than being pains in your ass—have been walking among us for quite some time, but as shelter-in-place orders and mask mandates have taken over the world, the presence of Karens has become even more apparent.

Last weekend, a Karen went viral in a since-deleted Tweet for a reason only Karens would empathize with. Jason Vicknair, a 40-year-old man from Allen, Texas, was just trying to enjoy his first date night out in three months with his wife at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Mi Cocina. Things took a turn for the worse.

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Case Watson Doesn't Hold Back on 'The Banshee'

The New York rocker releases a haunting debut EP.

With a voice that would put Amy Lee to shame, Case Watson bursts into the New York rock scene with her new EP, The Banshee.

The Alabama native turned New Yorker is a jack of all trades, holding an acting degree despite spending her days as the production editor at Lucid Studios in Manhattan and her nights making haunting, ethereal music. But these interests are perhaps more related than one may first think. When listening to The Banshee, you can sense the theatricality that brought Watson to film and performance. The music is deeply atmospheric and descriptive. It tells a story and transports the listener to another plane.

The EP features masterful instrumentation that transitions suddenly from moments of calm to whirling sections of chaos. The lyrics match these contrasts beautifully, riding between poeticism and tongue-in-cheek frankness.

"Balloons and Moons" is a stand out track, with a lilting lullaby quality and eerie beatific melody. Watson sings of possibility and peace, saying, "So darling go to sleep/Don't mind the sheep/For something deeper/Longs to leap/Whatever drops/Know from the sobs/Hearts don't really stop/And the moon can't pop."

The opening track, "Fall You in Love," is another notable song. Its unsettling in the best way, with a myriad of instruments crashing in to join the creeping, curious cacophony of the song that eventually leads to the explosive chorus: "Oh I'll fall you in love."

Listen to "The Banshee" just once, and we guarantee, Case Watson will keep her promise and "fall you in love" with her music.

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Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.


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