Horror influenced thrash/punk rock is not something you hear every day, especially from a band with a Christian viewpoint. Of course, many will immediately offer up Grave Robber to fill that category and they’d be correct, but Splatter guts from the project Blast from Oblivion is here to offer up his own take on the genre.
Blast from Oblivion is a solo project of a mysterious individual knows as Splatter guts from Ithaca New York. From the Facebook page, the project started out as a struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and a hatred toward God and self, and when you combine that with musical influences ranging from Grave Robber/Misfits to Municipal Waste and Social Distortion you can see how this project turned into a thrash/punk/horror album. Assuming other musicians can be found, this solo project may even expand into a band doing some live shows.
To Hell and Back starts out with “The Beginning/Forbidden Land” and the intro instrumental part ends up incorporating the beginning of “Am I Evil” toward the end, presumably as “The Beginning” ends and “Forbidden Land” begins. Very rough, raw guitar dominates the sound in this solo project with equally rough, borderline raspy vocals mostly shouted over the top. Production is rough and the guitars and vocals dominate the mix. There is a definite Grave Robber/Misfit vibe at times to the album from the imagery used to the overall feel of songs like “Under the Horns” that reminds one a bit of songs like “London Dungeon.” And then songs like “Severed from a Wretched Past” somehow manage to have almost an old Social Distortion feel to them from a music standpoint. Continue reading »