Ice Nine KillsWelcome To Horrorwood

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✦✦✧✧ I like the idea of a metal album inspired by a collection of horror flicks (Child’s Play, Hellraiser, Candyman) as much as the next guy. And I have a surprisingly high tolerance for radio-friendly melodic metalcore. Together, they feel at odds with each other, the music’s J-Pop tendencies clashing with and belying the subject matter’s demands for gross heaviness. But this album does earn points for cleverness. (For instance, the recycling of the Toys “R” Us theme motif in the Child’s Play song is definitely smirk-worthy.)