If you’re an artist, you tend to take rock and roll a little more seriously than most. It’s not the kind of thing that’s just disposable gear that people can dance to at the club. Music is meant to mean more than just a handful of chords, and it’s the real artists who got to leave their expression on the tape.
It’s not just limited to the vinyl era of the rock scene, either. In the realm of rock music, it almost feels like a rite of passage for you to try to write a concept album at some point, ditching the usual songs about girls and drugs and turning in something a lot more surreal. Although some of these tracks tend to play a little fast and loose with the roles of what constitutes a concept record, the real beauty is in the eye of the beholder, with the songs tied to a central theme rather than your average. linear story through everything.
Especially when you listen to these things through headphones, it’s not just your average rock albums that have a banger at every turn. These musicians seek to create their own worlds with sound here, and many rock fans are blessed to have visited these worlds every time they push play on record.
Having been rock and roll’s villain for the first decade of his career, Alice Cooper was actually in far more danger than the genre he sang of. Once Muscle of Love didn’t really register with the public, all band members except Alice decided it was time to leave the band, leaving Vincent Furnier alone as the last. standing man. Instead of just fading into obscurity, our favorite madman took the gamble and gave us an album straight out of a horror show.
For anyone even remotely interested in shock rock, Welcome to My Nightmare is pretty much ground zero, showing off all the main hallmarks of the genre. Although the actual music is still the traditional hard rock sounds that most people are familiar with, there’s a lot more theatrics to the arrangements here, with the title track sounding like a Vegas show and even appealing to the icon. of horror Vincent Price for Devil’s Food.
Although there is no lyrical connection in any of these songs, the back half of the record does capture you in a certain mood, especially when the Stephen song kicks in and we see this vision of a little boy being made taken by a demon within. outside. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned from Alice’s music, it’s that you have to look at the dark to appreciate the light.