Polkadot Cadaver's "Get Possessed" Gets... Listened to a Lot!

Someone call an exorcist!

By Anthony Aculed

The Horror genre goes hand in hand with metal music. Be it Doom, Power, Avant-Garde or any other type of metal, there is no denying that this music best suits the atmosphere, emotion, and energy horror movies often depict.

With the resurgence of most things from the 1980's, it comes as no surprise that 80's influence is found all throughout this album. Those familiar with the Netflix series Stranger Things will recognize a nod to the show's opening theme and score, abundant in the album’s first track, Dead Beats. A dark synth overtone carries the track perfectly, accompanied by pounding guitar and drums.

Polkadot Cadaver has always maintained a unique position in their musical arrangements. With further elements including thrash metal, crossover, and a dash of psychedelic and prog, Get Possessed offers a variety of musical candy, all delicately wrapped in horror packaging. Robot Assisted Suicide and Brain Eating Amoeba are just two examples of the nightmarish musical themes this band often incorporates in their songwriting.

This sentiment rings true when honing in on singer, Todd Smith’s lyrics. It is evident that he incorporates a ton of horrific influence all throughout. As found in the aforementioned track Robot Assisted Suicide, the lyrics paint a deliciously dark picture:

I brush the hair of mother death
Apply her makeup like a mortician
Pull in a shallow breath
Exhale the dawn

Love and relationships are not excluded here. Ever describe your ex as a Brain Eating Amoeba?

You milk the cancerous breast of sympathy
Can't accept any personal responsibility
There is no future for us alive or dead
Put simply my love we're both fucked in the head

You feed on my every thought
Chew up my piece of mind
Marching stomping my soul in perfect rhythm and time  

As this band's lyrical content is explored, one cannot ignore the vivid imagery Smith expertly paints. Combine that with a cast of excellent musicians and you have a band well worth checking out!

The Good

The in-your-face album art depicts a bloody zombie-priest behind an Ouija board, preaching (as it seems) to a little boy and girl. Fear not, for this is not a case of fool’s gold (amazing album.... that would be it). Sit back and enjoy every single track on this record.

The Not-So-Good

Nothing bad can really be said about this album, in my opinion. So, what are you waiting for? Go get possessed!

Our Score

10/10

Not only is Get Possessed an album worth checking out, the brains behind Polkadot Cadaver (and all of their associated bands) are worth supporting. Razor to Wrist Records is an independently owned and financed label that continues to exist through the support of their fans with each release helping to fund the next. If you enjoyed what you heard above or just want to give more of their music a listen, do not hesitate to browse their store. To stay up to date, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Author

Anthony Aculed

Anthony, or "Leather Rebel," as he’s called by his friends, is a product of the late 70's and early 80's. Surrounded by the likes of Freddy, Jason, Twilight Zone, Chiller Theatre, and other staples in horror, he immersed himself in dark atmosphere, accompanied by his growing list of favorite heavy metal bands. To this day, he credits his life-long friend & fallen brother, Chris O'Brien, for introducing him to a broader array of styles, including movies by Lucio Fulci and George Romero, and music by Helloween & D.R.I.. In 1999, they formed the online heavy metal webzine, UNSTOPPABLE FORCE, which is still up & running. When he's not busting his ass in career mode, Anthony can be found at concerts in the tri-state area. He loves pizza, beer, and playing records.

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