When I first heard the Calabrese brothers' first outing, I was quick to add it to my list of top Horrorpunk albums of all time. Gone were the cliche, ridiculous lyrics of many undead rockers; catchy, quirky, and full of kickass charisma, Calabrese immediately earned a spot at the top of the horror heap. Needless to say, I was extremely excited about The Traveling Vampire Show, but I admit a small part of me was skeptical about whether the band would be able to repeat the kind of quality that 13 Halloweens boasts. Upon receiving it, all it took was one lap in my stereo to completely blow me away. Not only was the new album good, it was BETTER than their first!
The outing begins with a trademark Calabrese horror film sample, and slams into DEATH ETERNAL, a catchy, 'whoah'-filled track (as most of theirs are) that is almost impossible not to bop along to. From there, VOICES OF THE DEAD and VAMPIRES DON'T EXIST, two of the popular featured songs and both excellent, take over for more macabre mayhem and don't let up until the final seconds of HOUSE OF MYSTERIOUS SECRETS, a powerful spook serenade with an absolutely head-slamming powerpunk riff near the end. It's almost unfair to have to choose a favorite; I've never, ever bought an album before where every single song was my favorite, although VOICES OF THE DEAD, NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER, and YOUR GHOST are perhaps a fraction ahead IMO. The Traveling Vampire Show (along with Blitzkid's Five Cellars Below) is classic, unequaled horrorock havoc, and I can't give it enough praise. A must-buy.