But unlike some of his previous albums, Slasher Dave's new EP, The Horrors Of Hellhouse, takes both a more menacing and more personal tone. The cover art and song titles reference not just Halloween but Devil's Night, the night before Halloween that's synonymous with widespread arson in Dave's hometown of Detroit (not to mention hell houses, Christian-themed haunted attractions meant to scare sinners straight). That blazing grimness is translated via the album's smashing beats and smoldering accents, which feel hotter to the touch than those of his earlier work. The result feels less like the slow walk towards the cobwebby crypt and more like the panic that surges through someone fleeing from their certain death.
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About the EP, Dave tells us, "It’s probably my most aggressive and demented sounding material to date. You can still hear a major John Carpenter influence, but the synths are a bit more distorted and heavier than my usual stuff. As with most of my albums, it’s Halloween-themed, and every song/title roughly explains what has happened in the HELLHOUSE! Enter, if you dare...”
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