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Serpent Girl and Songs to Shed the Skin

by The Vladimirs

Horror Rock that trancends Punk to merge styles with Rock, Metal, Country, Rockabilly, and more. The most diverse Horror Band out there.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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1. Serpent Girl
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2. Death of the Party
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3. Has Been That Never Was
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4. She's Been Worshipping the Devil
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5. Let's Scare Jessica to Death
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6. The Writhing
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7. the Place Where No One Cares
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8. Nobody No More
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9. Old Black Sunday
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10. Pictures of Suzy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Vladimirs formed in 1995 as a side project by members of- Bad Samaritans (Brian Day), Thorns OF The Carrion (Marquis Thomas), Estuary (Ash Thomas), The Blame (Doug Nevels). The four decided to get together to do some music that was more loose with a 'campy-horror-movie' and 'classic 50's sci-fi' feel lyrically. The first s/t cd 'Vladimirs' was released in January of 1995 and is regarded by many as the '2nd Wave' of horror punk. With elements of punk, metal, goth, and rock the Vladimirs drew a large and diverse audience. Interest in the band from fans was so great that they knew this was bigger than just a side project. They took to the road and the name grew. The first cd is still out of print, highly sought after, and in some circles considered a classic. The Vladimirs went on to record 6 full length cd's and MANY appearances on compilations, tributes, 7"s, Lp's, movie soundtracks, and one-off rarities. The release of the newest 'Serpent Girl & Songs To Shed The Skin' cd on Blood And Guts Records marks the Vlads return to their roots. With catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics dark, sometimes humorous, and sometimes disturbing 'Serpent Girl' will prove itself to be a classic. Many bands exist in this genre but the Vladimirs are more diverse in their musical styles (drawing from many influences, not just punk) and they don't just write a song describing a horror movie that they have seen. They invade the mind of the listener or invite the listener to invade the mind of the band to experience the true horror that lies beneath the surface...the horror that is everywhere !!!


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Lollipop Magazine

...blows away anything Type O could put together...
There's a cat named Jerry Only who should really hear these guys. You see, Jerry's been helming this band of Misfits for years know, and can't figure out why people keep walking out of his shows. The Vladimirs are dark and heavy like a beatnik, y'all. They've got a perfectly tasteless number that's sure to draw controversy entitled "Death Of The Party," about a high schooler murdering his bullies. While "She's Been Worshipping the Devil" is one of the funniest death-rock moments since, well, ever. A '50s lost-my-girlfriend song declaring "I asked her out for a Friday night/ I thought she might like to dance/ but all she did was go off on a rant/ about how Christ was buried in some church in France." The straight songs get increasingly better until the dramatic grand finale, "Pictures of Suzy," which blows away anything Type O could put together. Morbid, magnificent, gentle, and violent epic, this is an intricately crafted masterpiece.

Skidmore

legacy of hard-rocking, blood-swilling ill intentions
Featuring members of the Blame, Estuary and Bad Samaritans, the Vladimirs have a legacy of hard-rocking, blood-swilling ill intentions. From the '50s horror of "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" to offensive rampage killings on "Death of the Party," these strapping young Vlads explore that carnival of sensuality and repulsion inside all of us. -- Skidmore (www.westword.com)

Hammerheadzine.com

The vocals are right on the mark as with the band
Here is a band that released a few demo/EP’s over the years and now Blood and Guts picked them up to show that an older style of music is till thriving out there. Vlad definitely make it known that they are making it more like the Misfits and Glen Danzig. The vocals are so like that. The music has its punk side. Then the bands images are that of Vampires, Blood and the dark. If you are looking for a horror punk record like that then don’t go anywhere. “Serpet Girl” opens up this record with some fury as it goes into a catchier track in “Death Of the Party”. The vocals are right on the mark as with the band. So as you would guess the sound stays in that mould through the record. Other songs offered on this ten song record are “Pictures Of Suzy”, “The Withering”, “Has Been That Never Was” and “Nobody No More”.
Hammerheadzine.com

Hammerheadzine.com

The vocals are right on the mark as with the band
Here is a band that released a few demo/EP’s over the years and now Blood and Guts picked them up to show that an older style of music is till thriving out there. Vlad definitely make it known that they are making it more like the Misfits and Glen Danzig. The vocals are so like that. The music has its punk side. Then the bands images are that of Vampires, Blood and the dark. If you are looking for a horror punk record like that then don’t go anywhere. “Serpet Girl” opens up this record with some fury as it goes into a catchier track in “Death Of the Party”. The vocals are right on the mark as with the band. So as you would guess the sound stays in that mould through the record. Other songs offered on this ten song record are “Pictures Of Suzy”, “The Withering”, “Has Been That Never Was” and “Nobody No More”.
Hammerheadzine.com

TJ

Absolutely Awesome
For many years now The Vladimirs have been not only my favorite horror related group, but bands in general. Their songs range from tongue in cheek morbid tales (i.e. "Cannibal Campout") to the unthinkable atrocities that would leave even the strongest man broken and bloody (i.e. "Obscene Act of Passion") to straight up fun and campy horror songs (i.e. "Sheila is a Vampire") and in doing so have found themselves nestled deep within my heart. Their combination of punk and metal (even some speed metal at times) and the forever haunting and cataclysmic vocals of Marquis Thomas leaves the Vladimirs in a category all their own.
Those of you who celebrate the band's entire discography will notice that SERPENT GIRL & SONGS TO SHED THE SKIN have some similarities between the band's self- titled debut album and their SO FINE CONCUBINE E.P.- you know, those tongue in cheek songs that put a sinister smile on your face along with the crooning and wailing whoas that make Danzig look like a novice.

SERPENT GIRL & SONGS TO SHED THE SKIN not only brings out the early sound of The Vlads that so many fans love, but also brings out a different direction in general (see "The Place Where No One Cares"). Another interesting and very important fact about this album is the Vlads' new drummer Eric Tuffendsam makes his first appearance. However if you're a big fan of Ash's work (as I am), you can rejoice as Ash performs the drums on the first five tracks and Eric the last five. I will be cruel no longer! I know the anticipation is building up inside of you, so let's get to the album!

By now, I'm sure many Vlads fans have heard the opening track "Serpent Girl" either on the band's MySpace page or on the second installment of the Blood and Guts Records horror compilation. This song is an octane laced punk rock track that mows you down with no remorse! This is hard for me to say, but I think "Death of the Party" just might be my favorite song here. With a ton of whoas and violent and vivid lyrics that paint a bloody picture of killing those mother fuckers that used to make fun of you in school and went out of their way to make your life a living hell, you will have your revenge…you will make them pay! "Has Been That Never Was" is a song that makes me think. I couldn't stop thinking about who this song was written about. If you listen to the song, you'll be just as inquisitive.

Tied with "Death of the Party" is the hilarious "She's Been Worshipping the Devil". It opens with Crypt Keeper Five-ish guitar and speaks of a love story about knowing a girl back in school and how she's changed her persona and now worships the devil. Talk about some tongue in cheek humor! Great fuckin' song. "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" is probably the first song that I would consider dark in atmosphere and is a genuine Vladimirs song. It sounds like it could have been found on the NIGHT GALLERY album. Showing a new sound is "The Place Where No One Cares" and "Nobody No More". 'Place' is styled after The Dropkick Murphys and is a song for us blue collar guys who never get what we want or deserve because we're just a number and for all our troubles we get nothing but minimum wage and a "hole in the floor". 'Nobody' is minimally dark and almost poppy. I think it's supposed to by sarcastic when one compares the music and lyrics.

And if you think that's all, you're sadly mistaken my friends. The Vlads save two of their longest songs (not just on the album but overall) and they're stunning. "Old Black Sunday" turned my blood into an inferno of hate but I felt as if I was trapped under ice and was unable to do anything about it. Some parts of the song gave me a "I Saw You at the Drive-In" vibe. This has got to be one of the most beautiful songs from the band I've ever heard. "Pictures of Suzy" is rather disturbing. It almost sounds like the lyrics are being read from a journal entry of a murderer. The majority of the song is Marquis and a guitar with some effects in the background. It must be heard to be believed.

The Vladimirs are one of those bands that never have a bad song. This album further stresses that point and after a spin or two in your CD player, you'll be forced to concur. SERPENT GIRL left me with a handful of new favorites and are songs that will forever hail as king of tongue in cheek horror greatness!