The Hookers – It’s Midnight…The Witching Hour!

9 Overall Score
Songwriting: 9/10
Production: 9/10
Originality: 5/10

This release features strong songwriting and good production values.

The album breaks no new ground, but nobody ever said that it had to.

The Hookers
It’s Midnight…The Witching Hour!
PATAC Records

I once decided to invent my own religion. I started in on writing a bible for it from scratch. It was great! I don’t remember a word of it, but it was great. I never finished it but I did get several pages from the idea and even a few followers. I did it at work, while I was supposed to be working. I am glad that I got out of that work racket. It’s a raw deal for the worker no matter how you look at it.

While all of that was going on, unbeknownst to me the 80’s were calling and they wanted their devil music back. Also unknown to me at the time was a band named The Hookers, and they answered that call. The latest result of that unholy call is It’s Midnight…The Witching Hour! by the aforementioned Hookers, most recently released on limited edition vinyl in March of 2015 by PATAC Records. Yes, I am a bit late with my review, almost a year late, but you know what they say about that.

The Hookers formed in Lexington, Kentucky in 1994; apparently they answered the call not too long after the end of that great metal decade of the 1980’s, which, for myself, and perhaps The Hookers, was kick started by Venom’s morbid master stroke LP Welcome To Hell, which I reviewed here last year (check the archives.) In between 1994 and today many members have passed through the Hooker’s door; the present lineup includes The Rock N Roll Outlaw screaming, Stoney Tombs and Alex McCandless screaming on guitars, Juan Badmutha flatulating out of a bass and Russia on drums. I do not know if that means that the entire country of Russia is playing the drums or if it is just one guy who happens to call himself Russia; nor do I know that if it is the entire country of Russia on drums if any of the former Soviet countries are involved. Pick up a hooker and ask her. Maybe she will know. I CAN tell you that the Hookers instruments are well played and that the production is good. And that is why you read a review, right? To know about things like those; how well the instruments are played and how good the production is? Not to hear crazy stories about new religions or the horrors of being a working stiff…

The album starts out full speed with Devil’s Wedding Night and does not let up. Every song here will kick your ass. Favorites of mine include Stoned To Death, which is my pick from the album, and the bonus track Teenage Blood but all of the songs here are strong. Yes, they do fit into a formula but there is enough variation to keep the songs interesting instead of boring, like SO many modern records of the genre do. Some that I have reviewed plain wore me out but this one does not.  I have been playing this record all afternoon. I have Stoned To Death on right now as I type for about the fifth time today.

Now that you have an idea of what the genre is, and that the songs follow suit, it would be best to name any influences I hear in the songs instead of describing them all to give you the best idea of what to expect. I hear Venom, Di’Anno-era Iron Maiden, D.R.I., Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, and Exodus. By now you either want to hear this record or you do not. If you do then this album is highly recommended. It is much better than most of the 2010’s metal albums that I have reviewed. Go out and get yourself a Hooker.




Jeff Strichart
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Jeff Strichart has been a frustrated musician for almost forty years. He is also a producer and has mixed and/or mastered many local Colorado bands. Aside from his music and production he enjoys his dogs, motorcycles, collecting vintage BMX bicycles, reading and his new found love of sound design using hardware synthesizers and has licensed material to the BBC for use in their television programs.

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