In no particular order, here are the HXC Magazine staff’s favorite records from 2015!
Nowadays the only clear distinction between a lyric video and a traditional music video is the addition of, well, lyrics. Lyric videos, like this one for “R.I.P.” by Get Scared, now tend to carry the same kind of visual storytelling that regular music videos do, only with more graphics involved. This particular video is damn creepy and damn well done. A huge, decrepit, black and white mansion with otherworldly, painted black figures stalking the halls make this lyric video worth watching for more than just sing-a-long purposes. Check out the video below, and be sure to pick up a copy of Get Scared’s new album, Demons, on October 30th.
After the release of their last horror-inspired singles “Me, Myself, & Hyde” and “Bloodbath & Beyond,” Ice Nine Kills have burst through the gates with a The Exorcist themed music video for “Communion of the Cursed.” Spooky ghost stories with grandpa, demons in the mirror, levitations and possessions are all found in this highly produced video. Vocalist Spencer Charnas also goes a little crazy, and we love him for it. The winning combination of a no-holds-barred single with a well-crafted, cinematic narrative makes “Communion of the Cursed” one of the best music videos released in a while. And when the little girl demonically chants, “Her soul is mine, and mine to keep / If she dies before she wakes / I’ll find another soul to take,” you may very well need to find a new pair of pants.
Just in time for Halloween will be the release of Get Scared‘s new album Demons, out October 30th. This announcement also comes with the release of a new music video for opening track “Buried Alive.” (Sensing a theme here?) Accompanying the creepy titles is a hell of a lot of black and a slightly heavier sound for the always melodic Utah-born band. Check out the dark and enigmatic video for “Buried Alive” below, and visit the band’s website for preorder options!
1. Buried alive
4. Under My Skin
6. The Devil’s in the Details
7. What if I’m Right?
8. Take a Bow
9. Relax, Relapse
10. Second Guessing