THE RAYMEN: Sinister Funtime LP

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THE RAYMEN emerged with their back-from-the-grave, swamp-blues meets death-country and psychobilly sound in 1985, debuting on their ‘Going Down To Death Valley’ album. ‘Desert Drive’ and their double LP, ‘From The Trashcan To The Ballroom’ followed the next two years. Song themes run the gamut from werewolves, to voodoo, horror B-movies, trains, switchblades, witchdoctors, Lucifer, outer space and fast cars. Oh, yeah, and the perennial trouble with dames. Hoodoo you love? One constant in the band and its direction over, low, these many decades, has been head Rayman, and lead singer and songwriter, Hank Ray. With 15 albums and appearances on numerous compilations over the years, the Berlin based RAYMEN return in top form with their latest release, ‘Sinister Funtime’. Hank is recognized as the Godfather of Death Country Rock, following a Goth C&W style of his own. On ‘Sinister Funtime’ he dials up the energy to recapture the dark ju-ju and fury that made the THE RAYMEN one of the top cult bands in the genre. Hank’s distinctive, rugged baritone imparts an ominous tone to the songs, adding an extra dimension of menace and boding evil to the music. THE RAYMEN are scorching up the tracks again, playing to beat the very Devil they sold their souls to, all those years ago. The album fairly drips with blood, snake venom, graveyard mud and reeking of sulfur, insuring a very sinister, but fun time for all who climb on board Death’s black train.

Hank Ray – vocals
Tex Napalm – guitars
T-Base – bass
Tommy Favorite – drums
Additional overdubs by Napalm

All selections – words & music by Hank «Holy Roller» Ray. Arrangements by The Raymen

Recorded at Deadroom No. 9 and El Bruto Laboratories, May 13 -16/2010
Recorded, mixed and produced by Tex Napalm & Tommy Favorite for Holy Roller Productions
Mastering by Tommy Favorite, January 2012
Cover painting by Rudi Protrudi

Side One
1. Nevada Blitz – 2:52
2. Goodbye Goodbye Gun – 3:04
3. Slave To The Sickness Called Love – 2:33
4. Barroom Burn-Out! – 3:05
5. When Death’s Black Train Is Coming Down – 2:52
6. Intoxicated – 4:16

Side Two
1. Flame On, Famous Flame – 2:27
2. Highway Of Darkness – 2:49
3. Sinister Funtime – 3:15
4. Snakehouse Moan Blues – 2:40
5. The Way You Touch My Soul – 2:54
6. Tightrope Walk Over Fire – 3:01
7. Ugly Inside – 3:51