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BatWoman Versus The Banshee

by Russo

Russo®-Batwoman vs The Banshee; this is where I ended up, when I let my imagination run riot; a mixture of strange and sometimes eerie music, which I'm unable to categorize accurately.It took 3 years for me to put all this together.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ah Freak Ah Feat. the Siryn
4:57 $0.99
2. Shriek in the Blue Trees
3:23 $0.99
3. 4 Second Burst With Full Deflection
4:17 $0.99
4. Risque Velvet
2:02 $0.99
5. G.A' Bear
2:46 $0.99
6. Keel-hauled by a 1950's 3D B-movie Starlet
3:43 $0.99
7. At the KoRova Milk Bar
3:17 $0.99
8. BatWoman
3:19 $0.99
9. Soft-top Doosh-bag
3:13 $0.99
10. Curiously Bedazzled by the Gazing Starlight Lagoon People
7:40 $0.99
11. The Banshee
6:15 $0.99
12. The Symphony of the Satellite Glove Puppet
5:32 $0.99
13. The Magick
12:33 $0.99
14. The Hills Are Alive
5:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Although released after 'The Gothic Surf Puppies', this is in fact the first Russo album. This CD is a remastered work from the previous independently issued edition of 'Batwoman', which wasn't recorded properly. It's really a miracle this was ever recorded in the first place, due to the amount of interference and lack of functioning recording equipment, I had to deal with. There's also previous lost material from the sessions (the bulk of the work was recorded during 2005). This record took 3 years to make; The first recording ('The Hills are Alive' - I turned around whilst playing this, to see the von Crap family galloping over the Alps!) at Xmas 2004. The last vocals and finishing touches were added on November 3rd 2007. With the exception of "The Hills..." this is the darkest and moodiest of the Russo albums. 'Batwoman' came about by accident, whilst looking through my sketch pads one day, I turned x2 pages at the same time to reveal a drawing of a beautiful woman on one page and a bat on the page behind it. With the light shining through, the bat was sitting right on top of her head. Then I had the title I'd been struggling to come up with. The epic 'The Magick' was recorded in the dark cold months of December '04/January'05 and yielded a separate track "Symphony of the satellite glove puppet" from the out-takes. The rest of the material was then recorded later that year and released in local record shops as 'Batwoman versus the Banshee' on the Cat Jumped Over The Moon label. But I wasn't happy the sound reproduction quality, resulting in my decision to re-record the whole thing from scratch in Autumn 2007 rather than start recording what is now 'Mooza Zanoo Zah'. I'm glad I decided to do that, in hindsight. 'Mooza' was no where near ready in 2007.



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Recorded with minimalist equipment on a non-existent budget, it's hard to conceive that this record ever got produced in the first place. The passages and sounds are sometimes uncomfortable to listen to, but it's Russ Murray's guitar playing which keeps you hooked. The slippery,bionic lines of G.A'Bear to the effortless waltz-like Symphony of the Glove Puppet are a connoisseur's dream. The surgical complexity in the fingering technique and the imagery of the cover, will captivate the listener every time. But Batwoman vs the Banshee suffers from tape hiss noise and at times horrific editing. This strangely moving album would have benefited some tidy editing and track omission.