Review of Music From an Undisclosed Location from Bedtime for Robots by Leo Zaccari

Music From An Undisclosed Location is the recent release (Oct 2015) from Bedtime for Robots, the brainchild of former Love in Reverse frontman, Michael Ferentino. The album is chock full of uncanny goodness from classic rock influences to horror soundtracks of the 70s and 80s.

The album begins with “Oct 5” which can be described as Carpenteresque, as it evokes the music of director and musician John Carpenter, most notably his earlier work like Assault on Precinct 13. One thing is certain; whatever happened on October 5th wasn’t good.

“El Diablo Gutiarra” sounds very much like it belongs on Joe Satriani’s Surfing with the Alien except it’s not an alien at all, but a psychotic reanimated corpse and we’re running like hell because it wants to eat us alive. “Motorcycle Death Song (Tampa Chainsaw Remix)” communicates a sense of urgency and has the feel of a death defying chase scene on a crowded highway. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.

The album shifts gears often with the eerie, atmospheric “Missing Face” and the stunning melodic “Before”, setting you up for the album’s crown jewel, “A Field of Fireflies”. This is a track that you need to listen to over and over again, as you’ll hear subtle things that you missed the first time around. “A Field of Fireflies” is split into three parts. The first part is a tribal kind of spiritual piece effortlessly giving way to a beautiful acoustic piece that sounds like it could have come from an old Love in Reverse album, juxtaposed with the sinister sound of echoes that resemble an alarm that finally overwhelm the guitar like weeds choking a flower. The third and final piece beautifully recalls the work of King Crimson’s “Matte Kudesi”

“Prong” is a straight up sinister tour de force that sounds like a score from an 80s slasher flick. “Pumpkinfist” continues the horror soundtrack feel with a menacing tone that feels like it could fit right into Scott Derrickson’sSinister. “Faust” contains an ominous guitar amidst various sound effects, paving the way for “Turn Down the Sky”, which ends the album with some atmospheric synth.

Music From an Undisclosed Location is a celebration of horror at its best. It’s at times creepy, beautiful, and pulse pounding, and at the heart of it all, it’s downright fun. Savor this album and be sure to crank it up to 11.

So just where is this undisclosed location? It might be Ferentino’s own personal underground bunker where his warped brain churns out Lovecraftian music the way some people binge watch television programs. Or perhaps it’s the crypt of a long dead druid who practiced ritual sacrifice? It might even be all of these at once. Or maybe we’re not meant to know. Maybe it’s someplace frightening that you don’t want to visit. Not in the dark. Not alone.

Not ever.

 

https://bedtimeforrobots.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-an-undisclosed-location