By: TJ Fowler
Available: October 14th, 2014
Label: Hells Headbangers
October 31 is a band I like to equate to a swarm of locusts. The band is there, you don’t always see them, but every seven years or so they pop up out of nowhere with a new album. Actually seven years isn’t exactly accurate but you get the picture. Also, with each new appearance the locusts, er the band…seem to be a stronger, deadlier breed. So with this year’s appearance of October 31’s new album ‘Bury the Hatchet’ we find the band in the best form it has ever been in.
Thanks to Hells Headbangers, they have went back and re-released some of the first albums by October 31 and also now we have ‘Bury the Hatchet’ as the current reference point in relation to the older stuff. Listening to those old albums and the new one it is very clear how much the band has grown and become a very capable band both in playing and song writing. The first album from October 31, I was not very fond of and could tell the band really needed some work, it was pretty rough, then listening through the bands catalog you can hear the band getting better and better as the years go by.
Now we have ‘Bury the Hatchet’ which sees King Fowley and band mates really shine. The band delivers their brand of horror and metal with the best production they have ever had, yet still gritty and dirty, and Fowley growling like a true metal hellion. No longer do October 31 sound like just another underground band but they sound like an underground band that is still uncompromising in the music they deliver but also one that deserves to be a leader and cornerstone of what other underground bands can look to and respect.
‘Bury the Hatchet’ contains ten tracks of some great straight ahead metal with many of the songs covering horror topics and telling stories that draw the listener in. These songs remind me the horror stories and movies I heard and watched growing up on VHS and late night TV and Fowley and company do a good job in writing songs that capture the feel of these old horror tropes.
‘Bury the Hatchet’ has been one of the best metal albums I have listened to this year. I can turn it on listen to it multiple times and really appreciate what October 31 has delivered. It is straight ahead, unpolished metal that doesn’t really follow a trend other than the one October 31 themselves have made. Great work.