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As we expand our coverage of all things horror, we delve into the dark realm of Horrorcore!

To anyone unfamiliar with this type of music, Horrorcore can be classed as a subgenre of rap/hip hop. With its dark, horror-themed lyrics and twisted messages, this style of music is something we thoroughly enjoy here at Erebus Horror.

Now there are many Horrorcore artists out there, as well as other horror-themed artists and bands, all of which deserve recognition. With this in mind, we’re going to try and introduce a new artist/band every month in the hope of expanding their fan-base and providing the extra publicity they deserve. So without further ado, we bring to you our first feature on the Horrorcore artist Komatose.

Considered by some a legend in the small genre of horrorcore, Komatose has been a slave to the darker side of music since 1998. Starting out reciting lyrics of lunacy into an at-home makeshift recording setup, Komatose quickly established himself as a prominent Horrorcore artist. Now, years later, Komatose is being whispered about in every dark corner by people who dare to like something a bit darker and morbid.

In 2001, Komatose started his own label with one of Horrorcore’s most memorable duos “Kryptik”. With Kryptik as the corner stone, Cutthroat Productions (his makeshift home for melodies of the macabre) had reached all corners of the United States and a few places across the pond just through word of mouth alone! Sadly though, Cutthroat Productions closed up shop when Komatose was scooped up by 3rd Shift Entertainment in 2005. His tenure there was short as he then moved onto one of the most dangerous labels in the country; Serial Killin Records.

With label mates, Sicktanick, Razakel, Stitchmouth and Razor Ruckus, the puzzle is complete. Now performing across the greater US, Komatose is pushing his butchered beats and hideous rhymes to anyone daring enough to listen and plans to do so until father time puts a stop to the madness known as Komatose “The Pumpkin King”. Currently he is working on his fourth album and by what Komatose himself believes, to be his best work to date. The title of the new manifesto, “I, Madman” is a homage to a lesser known campy 80s horror film and is currently slated for a 3rd quarter 2012 release.

Caught your interest?  Well here’s an example of just how good Komatose is!

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If you want more, check out Komatose’s page on reverbnation here: www.reverbnation.com/komatosehorrorcore

If you want to know more about his label, click here (Although we will hopefully write a post on them as well pretty soon)

Remember Horror fans – Spread the word!

 

At what point does an actor earn horror status? This is a question I started to deliberate a few days ago following an argument I had with a snotty teenager on a bus.

Now for those who read my previous post, you will be aware of my distaste for public transport. However I persevere and jump on the bus every now and then to avoid having to walk for miles in sub-zero temperatures.

Anyway I was sitting behind these women who were discussing the TV show Dancing on Ice (an indication of their peculiar interests to begin with) and they were talking about Corey Feldman. One of the women asks who he is, to which the other replies she has no idea. I would’ve let it go, until the first woman suggested he may have been a pop singer from the 80’s! At this point I just had to correct them:

“He’s actually a horror actor from the 80’s” I said (careful to include the 80’s part so the woman didn’t feel a complete idiot)

“No he’s not!” came the reply of some snotty young lad beside us “He was in The Goonies”

The two women looked back at me for confirmation. “Yes” I agreed “He was, but he is better known for his horror appearances. That’s what made his career” (and subsequently ended it (lost boys trilogy) but I wasn’t going to admit it to that little shit)

“He’s been in more normal films than horrors” was his response. I felt my anger start to burn as a result of his ignorance. He spoke of horror as if it were abnormal!
“Yes” I agreed again, feeling my voice grow louder “But the highlights of his career are horror movies and any horror fan will tell you that if an actor has appeared in five or more horror films that automatically makes him a horror actor!” (I have no idea where that came from; I was just trying to shut this kid up. But it did make me wonder later on…)
The kid looked as though he was going to snap back when another passenger joined the fray.

“He’s right” she hollered from the back of the bus “Feldman is definitely a horror actor; they’re the only decent things he has been in!”
My ally came in the form of a young gothic teenager sitting with a group of friends who all nodded in agreement. They didn’t look like a group to mess with and I think the snotty kid opposite realised this. All he could manage was “Oh” before turning away.

The conclusion could not have come sooner as my stop approached. Standing up I turned to back of the bus;

“Cheers girls” I waved farewell. I turned back to the two women and said “So if anyone asks who Corey Feldman is you know now”

One of them turned to her friend and asked “Wasn’t he in Dallas?”

I guess some people may have been dropped a few times as a baby…

But I was happy to find the support of fellow horror fanatics in the most obscure places…

It goes to show that, not only do we share similar interests, but we also share camaraderie (Erebus will be impressed – I’m sounding more like him every day)

Anyway, the point of this post was not only to share my experience, but also to raise the question of; ‘What makes a horror actor?”

Do you think it’s a horror movie being the most notable aspect of their career? Or does it relate to the number of horror films they have starred in?

In my opinion, Corey Feldman is definitely a horror actor. Not only has he appeared in the three Lost Boys movies, he also has two Friday the 13th credits, as well as roles in; Gremlins (okay horror might be a stretch…) and Bordello of Blood to name a few (I know there are more, I just can’t remember them off the top of my head… Wasn’t he in a few horror TV shows as well?)

     

Anyway you get my point – Something to consider next time you see a horror actor on-screen!