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Classic Album Review: Nekromantix | Return of the Loving Dead

The Danish psychobilly trio deliver hillbilly boogie with horror-rock attitude.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Psychobilly truly is the beast — or is that the beat? — that will not die.

More than 25 years after The Cramps first shocked it into ghoulish life, bands like Denmark’s Nekromantix are still tinkering with the formula. Their variation stitches the horror-rock attitude of Misfits to the frenzied, tom-tom-thumping hillbilly twang-boogie of Rev. Horton Heat in songs like Nice Day For A Resurrection, Who Killed The Cheerleader and Murder For Breakfast. Even better, the bassist — whose name, naturally, is Kim Nekroman — has a standup bass shaped like a coffin! Too bad they don’t take the concept all the way; while they sport the requisite ceiling-duster quiffs, the boys’ jeans-and-golf-shirts attire kinda ruins the spooky mood, you know? Still, when they crank it up and rock out like hellhounds are on their trail, one thing is certain: It’s alive!!!