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Coffin' Up Bones

by Casket Casey

Female fronted Death Rock from members of Vintersorg, Otyg, Hel, and TME. Dark, sexy voice from the lovely Cia Hedmark.
Genre: Rock: Goth
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1. Back to Life
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2. Cold Flesh and Bone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Casket Casey is the brain child of Mattias Marlund of Vintersorg, and TME. He brought Cia Hedmark in on the project, Cia has played/sung with such bands as Vintersorg, Otyg, Hel, and others..

The idea of the band was formed by Patrik Petersson and Mattias Marklund in 2001 but nothing really happened until Cia was introduced to the macabre concept in late 2003. Songs were written and the recording started when the drummer Stefan joined the band in early 2004. The band got in touch with an underground record label called "Blood and Guts Records" and they agreed to release a MCD.
The title of the MCD was set to "Coffin' Up Bones" and it tells the grotesque yet romantic tale of a female necrophilliac "Casket Casey."

Now that the MCD has been released, the band has started work on a full length album which will continue the story of Casket Casey and take it a bit further into the mind of a true psycotic.


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G13MM

Too short
Real good stuff for anyone who likes qualityrock with female vocals!
But sadly, like this review, too short!

Wanna hear more! Yet! ;-)

Black Angel

exudes Death Rock in the vein of Siouxsie, Killing Joke and Switchblade Symphony
Swedish Death Rockers, Casket Casey, have released their debut EP "Coffin Up Bones", via Blood And Guts Records. The band has labeled themselves as a Horror Rock, but aside from the grotesque content, I wouldn't call this Horror. However, Casket Casey, exudes Death Rock in the vein of Siouxsie, Killing Joke and Switchblade Symphony. Lead vocalist, Cia Hedmark, is the center of attraction; her vocals are sultry with a Jazz influence hidden deep within. Guitarist, Mattias Marklund, is also very impressive; his guitar riffs are very reminscent of Zakk Wylde and John Christ.

"Coffin Up Bones" is a concept EP in which we find the story of a female necrophiliac named Casket Casey. Opening track, "Back To Life", is an extravagant upbeat track packed with chunky guitar riffs and blazing leads. The subject matter deals with being exhumed from the grave and brought back to life through lesbian love. "Cold Flesh And Bone" is a gorgeous Death Rock ballad that sounds very similar to something from Type O Negative's "October Rust" cd. Again, the subject matter dances across the lines of being sick and demented. The track "She's Been Bad" is a nice Rock track, however, it fails to make a lasting impression on me namely due to the poor mix of the drums and bass. This EP ends with a doomy and gloomy track entitled "Still". I am deeply amused from the heavy presence of the guitar work and the majestic vocals.

Casket Casey's debut hasn't exactly blown my mind, but it has caught my attention. I am very eager to hear what the band has instore for their full-length, which I'm certain isn't too far away. I do hope they gravitate away from the morbid content and explore some of their innermost feelings.

AvNatten

Coffin Up Bones is the perfect album to play in the cold of autumn
When I first heard that Vintersorg/Otyg guitarist Mattias Marklund was going to release a horror punk album I was anxious and excited. I ordered the album "Coffin Up Bones" right away as soon as I found out it was released through the underground US horror label Blood And Guts Records. "Coffin Up Bones" is an MCD that contains four tracks that serves as a preview to the upcoming album the band are working on right now, and which should be released within the coming months. Marklund is joined on the release by vocalist Cia Hedmark also of Vintersorg/Otyg fame, drummer Stefan Strömberg who also was on the first Otyg album, and bassist Patrick Petterson.

The first thing I noticed while listening to the album is that there is no punk involved whatsoever. This is horror rock of the creepiest kind instead. The music tells the story of a woman named Casket Casey with a taste for necrophilia who visits the local graveyard late at night to search for and then dig up her next lover in the cold autumn breeze. During the first two tracks, 'Back To Life' and 'Cold Flesh And Bone' the story unfolds as we listen to Cia tell us firsthand of the grave robbing and necrophilia acts committed by miss Casket Casey. On 'She's Been Bad' the story shifts into the town's gossip, the people are realizing that something bad is going on right under their noses at that old house on the hill. Once they are in her house they are in for quite a grisly discovery. The final track 'Still' is Casey reflecting on her feelings and talking about the ones she has dug up and has a special place in her heart for.

Mattias' guitar work on 'Back To Life' and 'She's Been Bad' in particular is superb and quite often reminds me of former Danzig guitarist John Christ. Hedmark's vocal delivery is full and almost bluesy adding a sorrowful aspect. Lyrics are also included so you can get into the mind of Casket Casey yourself. Coffin Up Bones is the perfect album to play in the cold of autumn with thick grey clouds in the sky, a constant rain falling, and the cold night wind howling.

Asassinkiller

Goth feeling that flows perfectly with the beautiful dark melody
To tell you the truth, when I got COFFIN' UP BONES in my mail I didn’t expect a lot from this Swedish foursome. Maybe it was the uninteresting artwork, or the fact that I am no MCD lover, but something was telling me that Casket Casey wouldn’t offer me anything. I gave it a first listen and nothing, a second one and nothing, even a third one and still nothing. Since I had to review it for the site, I decided to give it a fourth and final listen and bam, here is where it all came together.



COFFIN' UP BONES is an amazing Horror Rock/Metal band formed from the ashes of Otyg, which includes the amazing Cia Hedmark on vocals. Her voice is so beautiful that you will be taken to a state of hypnosis throughout the 17 minutes of this interesting debut. The lyrics in COFFIN' UP BONES are about a female necrophiliac whose name you already know, Casket Casey.



The opener “Back to Life” is without a doubt the best song in this EP. It has an incredible Goth feeling that flows perfectly with the beautiful dark melody in the chorus. “Cold Flesh and Bone” is an hypnotic piece that has a pretty twisted piano throughout the song. This one reminds me a bit about The Gathering, a much darker one though. “She’s Been Bad” is what I would call the perfect example of Death Rock. Nothing more and nothing less. And “Still” has got to be the most hypnotic song in COFFIN' UP BONES. It is mostly a one-rhythm song that embraces you little by little until it suffocates you.



If she ever asked for it, I would give Casket Casey permission to continue her Necrophiliac adventures. She knows how to do handle them pretty well. I hope that in their debut full-length, the band is able to maintain the quality level of the first two songs. If that is the case, I can assure you that Casket Casey’s debut will be in my top ten of the year it is released. Now, just as advice, I recommend the band using a more natural drum sound next time. Stay Heavy!! 3.5/5

KingOvFrost

This mini-CD is a must have for all you horror fans out there
“Many stiffs have made Casey hot…”
“Now in her backyard left to rot…”

Imagine a cemetery at midnight; a creature is sneaking around in the bushes. At clear sight it runs to a nearby grave and starts to digging up the coffin. The creature breaks up the coffin and brings the corpse to its house! During the night the macabre person is making love to the stiff. The Story of Casket Casey has just begun…

The mini-CD, “Coffin’ up Bones”, tells the grotesque tale of a necrophiliac female called “Casket Casey” and the story is penned by Mattias Marklund of Vintersorg and Otyg fame. The band Casket Casey features Cia Hedmark (Otyg, Hel) on vocals, Mattias Marklund (Vintersorg, Otyg) on guitar, Patrik Pettersson on bass and finally Stefan Strömberg (ex-Otyg) on drums.

This is not metal, but heavy horror rock and the band pull off this surprisingly well. Song two on this four track EP, “Cold Flesh and Bone”, is very different from the three other tracks. “Cold Flesh and Bone” starts off with spooky piano work and effects which to me sounds like a mellotron, but could also be guitar or synthesizer effects. The sound picture is incredibly layered and Cia Hedmark’s sombre female vocals make this tune a perfect soundtrack for a western/horror movie. I always get associations to “Kill Bill Vol. 2” when listening to this song; it would be perfect for the scene when Uma Thurman is lying in the coffin. The strings on “Cold Flesh and Bone” are composed by Vintersorg by the way.

The production is very clear and good, but I feel the drums are too low in the mix. At times they sound very synthetic. I know the drums are not programmed, but I frequently get the feeling they are.

The macabre tale, the horror like melodic music and the very impressive vocals by Cia Hedmark enchants me. The tale will be continued on their debut full-length which the band is currently working on. This mini-CD is a must have for all you horror fans out there; buy it and start digging into the dark lyrics and music today!

“Why can’t you just leave them alone?
Molesting the dead
Riding cold flesh and bone….”
Score:
Production: 7/10
Composition: 8/10
Musicianship: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

Toine van Poorten

CASKET CASEY is definitely a name to remember
CASKET CASEY hails from Sweden and they present us their new four track CD, worthy of about seventeen minutes of dark rock. The front lady of this mysterious band is called Cia Hedmark. The rest of the band consists of Patrick Pettersson on bass, Mattias Marklund on guitars and Stefan Strömberg on drums. Opener “Back To Life” sounds a bit gothic and is an up tempo song with some nice guitar riffs. The second song however is a much better reflection of what I expected to hear after seeing the CD cover with the skull and a red rose in his/her mouth. “Cold Flesh And Bones” is a dark, mysterious sounding , slow kind of doom song. It could easily be used for an old black and white horror movie, especially when listening to the slow instrumental middle part of the song. It creates the spooky atmosphere, that fits quite well with the image of the band. “She’s Been Bad” might sound a bit too happy, but musically it’s quite okay. This MCD was already released somewhere in 2004, but it’s essential enough to spend some words about it here. When recording this four track CD, Cia and Stefan had only joined the band for just one year. The CD closes with “Still”, and from the first notes on of this gothic-like ballad, the spooky atmosphere has returned again. The sound of this band will probably appeal to the many gothic rock fans, but possibly also to rock and metal fans. CASKET CASEY is definitely a name to remember. [7 points]