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The Superhuman Monstershow

by Serpenteens

One of the forefathers of the underground Horror Punk movement. Similar to The Misfits in genre and style, they are self described "MonsterPop" and the Singer Alphamayle has a voice that will remind you of Ozzy.
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1. Make Sure That I'm Dead
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2. The Superhuman Monstershow
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3. Destroy Your World!
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4. Cemetery Man
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5. Tonight
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6. Horrorhead
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7. Wolf's Breath
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8. X-Ray Eyes! (Live)
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9. Silver Bullet (Live)
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10. Please Be My Zombie Bride (Live)
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11. Calling All Monster Kids! (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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SERPENTEENS were formed in late 1995 by Gee Grant and Mark Zap (known as "Fang Alphamayle" and "Bub Romero" when in character) as a side project to explore new musical and conceptual ideas not present within the context of their current bands at the time. Combining a passion for Horror and Zombie movies, with the love of theatrical bands (KISS, Misfits, Alice Cooper etc.), they began to lay the foundation for a concept. The look of the classic film "zombie" combined with a catchy "monsterpop" sound was to become a signature trademark.

The project recorded a 4 song demo titled "Dead Men Walking", with Gee providing vocals, playing drums and guitars. Mark’s considerable talents were put to use for bass guitar duties and backing vocals. This rare demo became a favorite of underground tape traders worldwide. In 1997 (with the disintegration of both of the duos main musical projects) the two decided to revitalize the Dead Men Walking project and breathe into it new life - as a priority. A new name was chosen and the two recorded a follow-up 8 song demo titled "VoodooZombieSexDolls". These early demos were later released as a CD collection through MP3.com and sold almost 1,000 copies, as well as being distributed freely on the internet.

Combining an infinite number of musical and theatrical influences the band has also created an unbelievably repertoire of well-crafted songs. In 2005 the band’s new lineup was rounded out by seasoned recording/touring veterans Frank Morin (Frank N. Stein) and Glenn Sorino (The Creature). In 2006 SERPENTEENS are back with new releases, songs and professional re-recordings of now-classic "monsterpop" material.


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Chris Beaumont

4 - 1/2 stars out of 5 review!
Looking for something that's a little pop, a little punk, a little horror show, and all rock? Well, Serpenteens' The Superhuman Monstershow may be the album you have been looking for. The music doesn't take itself too seriously, but still delivers quality. They come from a vein similar to The Misfits, but take a bit more of a pop direction. It is music that you can turn on, turn up, and just rock out to.

I first heard the Serpenteens on their Myspace page, and was intrigued by what I heard. It was not the type of music that you are going to hear on the local rock station, nor is it the music you are likely to find marketed at your local chain music store. This is the kind of music that you discover by surfing the web, or by going to a local cock show because you were curious as to what a "serpenteen" is.

These local club excursions can turn into rewarding experiences, I know I have found a few good acts by doing this. Now, I did not discover Serpenteens through the local scene, but it sort of feels that way, the sound is definitely underground, and may have a limited appeal (at least until the rest of the population gets infected), plus I got the disk in a plan white paper slip cover, reminiscent of getting the local bands demos.

When I pressed play and was greeted with "Gimme a double shot of cyanide!" at the start of "Make Sure That I'm Dead," I knew I was in for a good time. The music is upbeat, catchy, and bound to get your inner monster all riled up. The music combines the horror elements that work so well for bands like the previously mentioned Misfits, Rob Zombie, and Wednesday 13, with a sound that is reminiscent of those other acts (mainly Misfits), but manages to forge its own direction, cutting a bloody swathe through any preconceptions.

This release combines 7 new monsterpop (as the band calls their music) tunes along with 4 live cuts. It clocks in at just under 30 minutes, so the style does not overstay its welcome, but at the same time I really wish it was longer. The songs are fun, clever, and I can imagine them being an absolute blast live. Listening to the new studio tracks, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite, as the disk is fun from start to finish.

The opener, "Make Sure That I'm Dead," is one that will dig in and get you ready for the rest. The slowed down acoustic driven "Tonight" puts a little twist on the standard rock ballad, and that is followed by "Horrorhead" with its surfer-ish feel. Not to be forgotten is the title track, "The Superhuman Monstershow," which is just insanely catchy. The live tracks are just as good, hinting at the fun that is sure to be had. I cannot imagine not having an absolute blast. Horror themed party rock is a winner in my book, and for my money we don't have enough of it.

The band is fronted by Gee Grant, better known as the Alphamayle to fans, who has an interesting voice that sounds like a mix between Ozzy and Michele Graves. Joining him are Mark "Bub" Zap on bass, Frank N. Stein on guitar, and Glenn "The Creature" Sorino on drums. Together they deliver a blast of horror injected music that cannot be denied.

Bottomline. These guys are a lot of fun, this disk is a testament to an under-served subgenre. This brand of music, dubbed monsterpop, is music that is infectious, contagious, and deviously catchy. It won't be long before you get sucked in and groove to the rhythm.

4 1/2 stars out of 5

Otto - Mass Movement Magazine UK

A very good review!
Out of NY its everyone’s favorite monster boys SERPENTEENS! Here is their brand new 11 song album. In case you're not familiar with these guys they play punk and rock or as they like to say Monster music! Their theme is horror. Not in a black metal death metal way but in a fun old horror movie way. You know Frankenstein, The Munsters, hot rods that sort of thing. All their songs are about horror also. They do a nice job of combining punk with a little rock n roll. Then again isn't punk just rock turned up? They remind me a little of The Misfits, but all in all these guys are doing their own thing. Hell, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister likes them so thats a sure sign that you cant go wrong.

So I would recommend this to any of you lovers of punk and horror. The music is good and very fun. They will be touring the US to promote this album so check them out if you have the chance.

Urbn - Truepunk.com

Another 4 - 1/2 out of 5 review!
The Serpenteens have been nice enough to release a new album following their blazing, life taking CD “Dead Men Walking”. Superhuman Monstershow is just as intense as their previous album; hell maybe even better. It’s really hard to compare two awesome albums by a single band, so lets just say both albums have knocked me on my ass. The lyrics are just brilliant and are easily followed up with a sound that will take your life and make you rise from the dead just to hear it one more time.
You will sing along with this entire album and I can only imagine what these guys must be like live. If you like rocking horror punk / rockabilly - this is an album for you!

Bubble Gum Slut Zine - UK

The UK seems to get it!
The Serpenteens - Dead Men Walking (Blood And Guts)

Holy heck, I think we’ve found a boyfriend for Liverpool’s own Zombina and the Skeletones. Seriously these guys could just be the male fronted version of the UK’s
favourite held-back-in-high-school horror popstrels. Granted, the New Yorkers have been around the block a few times having started out in ‘95 but what’s a little age gap
between the living dead? Okay before I get too carried away with the notion of romance blossoming here’s the
lowdown on Dead Men Walking. The Serpenteens debut on the infamous Blood And Guts label this features a mix of fresh meat and older rotten rockers re-recorded to higher standards than the band’s original sloppy demos. The overall vibe is a doo-wop infused blend of Misfits and straight forward garage punk. Simple melodies drive the thing and
pure pop choruses lodge in your brain on numbers like fan favourite ‘(Please Be My)Zombie Bride’. If these tunes don’t get you hoppin’ you want to be checking for pulse..
although on second thoughts the lack of one could be a pre-requisite for a liking of the Serpenteens. Ditto a love of Wednesday 13, Rob Zombie and of course Zombina.

Andy - Black Angel Promotions

Serpenteens are one of the few bands in the whole horror rock universe that get
You know, the Serpenteens are one of the few bands in the whole horror rock universe that get what the genre is about. Too many horror rock bands put too much effort into their appearance rather than their music and it's more than evident when you look at the scene today. With a more straightforward, no nonsense approach, the Serpenteens have found themselves with an arsenal of headstone toppling monster rock jams.

Hot off the trails of their DEAD MAN WALKING release last year, the Serpenteens are back with THE SUPERHUMAN MONSTER SHOW. I strongly believe this album is just the band giving back to the fans that have followed them over the years. The reason I say that is the Serps have re-recorded a few oldies (the new version of "Destroy Your World!" is particularly good), unleashed a few new tracks and offer four live tracks.

It is a state of urgency that I bring this to your attention- "Tonight" is the best I've heard the band and touches me like no other song on this album does and although it doesn't even touch the two minute marker, I feel so strongly about it. This acoustic track features some of Gee's best vocal work and I'm sure will be a fan favorite. I mean, I would even consider driving from Florida all the way to New York just to see them perform it live. "Make Sure That I'm Dead" is the perfect example of what horror rock is supposed to be; a feel good, up beat song about death and murder. One of my favorite Serpenteens songs over the years has been "Wolf's Breath" and reappears here which is phenomenal to me because I thought the song may have been lost or forgotten over the years.

THE SUPERHUMAN MONSTER SHOW also features live versions of "X-Ray Eyes!", "Silver Bullet", "Please Be My Zombie Bride" and "Calling All Monster Kids!". Honestly, the quality isn't the best, but is a raw and accurate example of what to expect when seeing the band live. If you're looking for a brief history lesson as well as a good indication where the band is going, you've come to the right place.

Ollie Bray - Balc Velvet Magazine

Looks can be deceiving and the band has a lot to offer. Worth a listen without a
Serpenteens are a band with energy to burn, and manage to harness it into a brilliant sound Opener “Make Sure I’m Dead”, despite the obvious morbid title, is a fantastic track, and the band’s use of backing vocals in the choruses is a huge positive, and gives their sound an edge. Stand out tracks from the album which include “Tonight” which coming in under two minutes, is a welcome breather from the all out rock, and “Wolf’s Breath”, which is only a little longer yet still with enough time to showcase the band’s rock credentials. The band’s morbid links include a guitarist referred to as “Frank N. Stein” and the track “Please Be My Zombie Bride”. This however is surprisingly emotional and is the best song on the album. Looks can be deceiving and the band has a lot to offer. Worth a listen without a doubt!

Ollie Bray – Black Velvet Magazine