Forbidden Dimension | A Coffinful of Crows

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A Coffinful of Crows

by Forbidden Dimension

A fine blend of Screaming Lord Sutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Link Wray and the strange recording techniques of producer Joe Meek. Reissue of hard to find, out of print classic horror-rock.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Garage Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Graveyard Line
2:59 album only
2. Little Red Schoolhouse
1:58 album only
3. 13 Bloody Graves
2:31 album only
4. Crawling Eye
2:31 album only
5. Carnival of Souls
3:02 album only
6. Tonight I Paint In Flesh Colour
2:18 album only
7. Mars Is Heaven
1:18 album only
8. Haunted
2:00 album only
9. Tomorrow, I Will Kill You
1:42 album only
10. Invisible Dimension
2:49 album only
11. Dial 'M' For Monster
2:14 album only
12. Martian Death Saucer
2:07 album only
13. Ghosts Run Wild
3:10 album only
14. Bad Girls Go To Hell
2:27 album only
15. Skeletal
1:05 album only
16. Hand Of Glory
2:04 album only
17. Kick The Candle
1:10 album only
18. A Coffin Named Desire
3:46 album only
19. Pickled Punks
1:42 album only
20. Madam, Your Grave Is Ready
1:53 album only
21. Coffinful of Crows
1:47 album only


Album Notes
In 1988, an insidious little 7" EP showed up, layered in a cloak of dusty horror clich�s and garish comic book/B-flick sentiments. It bore the title "Into The Forbidden Dimension". It didn't mention any names. It didn't show any faces... nothing but a cartoon of some guy pulling a body out of a 1949 Meteor, a moon in the sky bearing the image of screaming female with a knife wielding intruder, and a skull capped sign-post listing the four cheesy-assed numbers contained within... Musically what you got was the roar of dual fuzz guitars played straight thru the stereo, set alongside a rhythm machine sounding like a tiny HO-scale terror train. Electro-garbled -but still vaguely tuneful- vocals intoned various forms of Grand Guignol nastiness... what more could any discerning record buyer ask for?!?!?
It turned out to be the work of one Tom Bagley, former front-man (as Aleister Hexxx) for a Calgary "garage-punk" combo called Color Me Psycho. To make a long, boring story short and palatable, CMP packed it in, Bagley became Jackson Phibes, and the Forbidden Dimension became a real band (most often with musical partner, Lars Bonfire). They have lasted on and off for over 15 years, through various incarnations, scaring the mung outta the patrons of many a nightclub across Western Canada. Eventually, they recorded a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums for the now-moribund Cargo Canada label, as well as a clutch of singles and compilation appearances on various labels both at home and abroad.

Over the years, their sound slowly mutated into a kinda regular garagy-punk-power-trio thing, but Phibes/Hexxx would continue to write and record in the wee small hours in his Den of Iniquity, mining the fuzzed-out, beatbox-backed vein that he found so rich on that cold dark night back in February of '88. A collection on Ann Arbor's Reanimator Records, "A Coffinful of Crows", was released in 2000 containing that original impossible-to-find first EP, as well as the complete "Mars Is Heaven" cassette-only album from a couple of years later. A few previously unreleased odds 'n' dead-ends rounded the whole mess out, painting a pretty picture in flesh color, sickly lime-green, and of course, deep blood-red!

Since then, Jackson Phibes (both solo and with the FD) has been recording numbers for various one-off releases around North America, including the recent compilations, Trans-Canada Beaver Cook-Off (Catch & Release), Driving in the Rain 3:AM(Bongo Beat), the Stompin' Tom Connors tribute disc, B*Y*O*P*(Saved By Radio), International Stomp-O-Lation (Kaiser), and Forbidden Dimension's current long player, A Cool Sound Outta Hell (Saved By Vinyl).



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