Album Reviews: Brought Back to Life by NekromantixOne has to wonder, when listing to Brought Back to Life, how big a market there is these days for psychobilly, and why a reissue of a decade-old psychobilly album might be warranted. A raucous, punk-rock take on rockabilly, psychobilly is largely the invention of The Cramps and was popularized mostly by the Reverend Horton Heat -- so much so that it's difficult to discuss the genre outside the shadow of those two bands. Nekromantix takes the melodic approach of the latter without sacrificing much of the horror movie imagery of the former. The band, which first emerged in Denmark in 1989, even describes psychobilly as "Elvis meets the Wolfman" -- not a bad description of its own music.
Brought Back to Life was initially released in 1992, and this reissue is identical save for a bonus track and an intro that was intended the first time around but was nearly destroyed in a tape machine and only recently recovered. Bassist/singer/founder Kim Nekroman is the only current member of the original band, but Nekromantix is essentially his vision, so it's safe to say that their present-day lineup doesn't differ too much from what is found on this disc. The sound is immediately recognizable, if a little clichéd, but this album is a high-energy (almost cartoonish, at times) romp through American roots music that never seems to get completely old. - Cory O'Malley
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