Nekromantix - Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! (Cover Artwork)


Nekromantix: Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! (2007)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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Denmark's Nekromantix is a band that gets an undue amount of crap from the Internet community. While they may not be writing timeless classics, they have thus far put forth a set of decent psychobilly punk records on independent labels that are still far superior to much of the crap the mainstream m.

Denmark's Nekromantix is a band that gets an undue amount of crap from the Internet community. While they may not be writing timeless classics, they have thus far put forth a set of decent psychobilly punk records on independent labels that are still far superior to much of the crap the mainstream music industry has been churning out.

Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! sees the Nekromantix at their musical best, moving beyond simply punk with an upright bass to a diverse offering that includes not only the band's signature psychobilly punk tinge, but also rockabilly, surf, country and blues-inflected tunes and Chuck Berry-style rock and roll. In short, Life Is a Grave will leave the listener thinking more of the Cramps, and less of the Living End.

The musicianship is tight, precise, and technical, and Kim Nekroman's vocals sound better than they ever have. He even shows a sense of humor in the Cramps-like "Horny in a Hearse" with the lines, "Shallow graves and ghouls and barbed wire / She'll be cruisin' down route 666 in style / Seeing through the eyes of the dead / While my baby gives me...you know." "Rot in Hell" may not have the best lyrics (especially with the laughable "Fuck you biotch" line), but the frenzied guitar licks, thumping bass, and hurry-up rhythm make up for it.

The waltzy "Anaheim After Dark" drops the speed way, way down and gives the record a little break before the lightning-speed instrumental, "Panic at the Morgue," which features some of the best upright bass playing on the album. Another track with great bass playing is the album standout "Voodoo Shop Hop" with lyrics remarkably similar to Body Count's song "Voodoo" from 1992. The speed-varying "Out Comes the Batz" puts a good cap on the end of the record before the instrumental reprise of "Anaheim After Dark."

Life Is a Grave is documented evidence that the Nekromantix have come to be quite good at what they do. Sure, they have silly horror-themed lyrics, but so do greats like the Misfits, Groovie Ghoulies, and the Cramps, who are probably owed a debt of influence for this album and much of modern psychobilly. What really shines through on Life is a Grave is the instrumentation, though. The searing guitar playing, rowdy bass thumps, and biting drumwork shows the Nekromantix' impressive progression and rise to the top of their game with Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!.


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osi (May 30, 2007)

I loved the new album, it took me a few listens to like it, but now I got the point...

Love nekro high, voodoo shop hog, horny in a hearse and panic at the morgue...

SilentStorms (May 24, 2007)

I always have, and always will hate psychobilly. Man that shit sucks.

GlassPipeMurder (May 22, 2007)

Are there psychobilly bands on a major? Living End hardly pass for a rockabilly band, not sure what the reviewer is referring to

I was referring to mainstream music in general.

jt (May 21, 2007)

I like nekromantix, but i feel a lack of diversity between most of the psychobilly bands

RedScare (May 21, 2007)

Are there psychobilly bands on a major? Living End hardly pass for a rockabilly band, not sure what the reviewer is referring to.

Anonymous (May 21, 2007)

I happened to wander in the Nekromantix show in Pittsburgh last week hoping to see Westbound Train...
I'd missed them, but I figured I'd stay for the headliner... I suppose it was mildly fun, but they couldn't hold my attention for more than three songs.. and most of that was marvelling at how old they've gotten.
I don't know. It just seems odd to place such respect upon a band that is only working with an already established formula of 2/4 rhythm upright bass (irritatingly bad hair) x horror lyrics = ugly psychobilly girls at shows.
Oh well.

Anonymous (May 21, 2007)

Ofcourse psychobilly's a genre. By your rational Rock n' Roll isnnt a genre either, it's just old RnB with Country music elements. Psychobilly is as much a genre as any other modern day music. It's been around for almost thirty years and has definetly changed alot and branched off in different directions, but it's still a genre.

Anonymous (May 21, 2007)

to hell w/ billy and all his music he makes in his garage, learn to skate bro.

Anonymous (May 21, 2007)

i liked what tiger army once said about psychobilly. They said that rockabilly is either people doing a good redition of what was out in the 50s or on the lesser end, a parody. But psychobilly still has a foot in current times. It's not all nastolgia, sound wise anyways.

Anonymous (May 20, 2007)

I had a real fun time trying to explain to a friend that Psychobilly is basically just Rockabilly with a Misfits aesthetic and a few punk tendencies. If you actually think about, Psychobilly isn't a genre at all. It's just Rockabilly that appeals to a certain scene. It's an aesthetic.

Same as emo.

-GreenVandal: Not logged in, and talking about more musical genre classifications that no one cares about.

GlassPipeMurder (May 20, 2007)

they don't do it as well.

davebrave4 (May 20, 2007)

Why is sounding less like The Living End a desirable thing?

TheMike (May 20, 2007)

I'm really looking forward to TA's album. I was a little apprehensive when I first heard "Forever Fades Away", but it's grown on me considerably.

If people don't like these bands, it really doesn't bother me. I probably wouldn't like everything they're into, either. Either way, "Life is a grave and I Dig It" has revitalized the psychobilly genre in my eyes.

Anonymous (May 20, 2007)

that's an incredibly narrow-minded statement. these guys aren't the best but tiger army slays.

Anonymous (May 20, 2007)

bnads like this and tiger army SUCK

TheMike (May 19, 2007)

Well, my favourites are songs 3, 9, and 11. So I would say it does get better. The only songs I'm not particularly fond of are 2, 4, and 6.

niveK82 (May 19, 2007)

I've tried listening to this a few times. I'd pop the CD in and really like the first few songs. Then I'd get really bored and play something else. I have never made it to the end of the album. Does it get better with the last few tracks?

rkl (May 19, 2007)

some parts of this album are incredibly catchy, but overall, its a pretty boring record.
more jerry lee lewis and less danzig, please.

ozmanx (May 18, 2007)

Helluva lot better than the last one.

inanechild (May 18, 2007)

I'm a huge Nekromantix fan, but I can't help but be bored by this one. I guess I just miss Peter Sandorff. I'm going to give it a 7 anyway just because it does have some good tracks ("Voodoo Shop Hop," "Cave Canem") and even at their worst, the Nekromantix are still better than most of what gets put up on this site.

minus_20_scene_points (May 18, 2007)

score is for body count

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

these bands are such a fucking joke. any fat bitch with fishnets and an old car will eat this shit up (no pun intended).

655321 (May 18, 2007)

To JerryCola - Have you bought/listened to "Curse of the Coffin," "Brought Back to Life" or "Undead Live?" If not check out the one of these. If you have and still can't get into Nekromantix then I'm really sorry, but at least you tried.

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

rockabilly and psychobilly are by far the silliest genres ever. there's no space for growth within those genres, so the newer bands of this variety are basically constantly rewriting the same songs over and over. they should just start tribute bands and legitimately steal other people's music. i mean... i think old cars are pretty cool too, but i don't have to look like a jackass to do that.

GlassPipeMurder (May 18, 2007)

Your second paragraph makes me wonder if you even know what psychobilly is.

The point was that if you listen to other popular Nekromantix stuff like "I'm a Hellcat" or "Who Killed the Cheerleader", the style and form is mostly punk, where as here it's a much broader variety, much more to the roots, more rockabilly than punk.

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

i saw these guys 5 years ago with tiger army and was blown away by their live performance. cut to wednesday night when i was so bored i wanted to cry during their set. no idea what changed in that time period.

elephantdwarf (May 18, 2007)

kid from kid & play is stoked.

TheMike (May 18, 2007)

I had the same experiences as the guy below. This album is different, I find. So much better than the rest.

JerryCola (May 18, 2007)

I've foolishly conned myself into buying three albums from this band. Each album always has one or two really catchy songs that hook me in but then the rest of the album is just filled with dull boring psychocrap.

I keep thinking "maybe this album will grow on me" or "maybe I started off with the wrong album, this one will be better" like the naive sap that I am.

This time I won't make the same mistake. I hope others donâ??t make the same mistake I made. Just donâ??t buy any of their albums at all; youâ??ll be a better person.

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)


TheMike (May 18, 2007)

I was going to write a review for this, but now I don't have to. Anyway, I think it's excellent. Their best yet. I thought that the new lineup might hurt their sound, but on the contrary. They feel more comfortable on this album, and the songs are better than anything they've done in the past.

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

Your second paragraph makes me wonder if you even know what psychobilly is.

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