TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider spoke to Doug Podell of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM earlier this month about the upcoming tour by VAN HELSING'S CURSE, Snider's Halloween-themed classical/rock musical project which is bringing its spectral horror-inspired ambience to the stage in late October. Listen to the eight-and-a-half-minute interview at this location (Windows Media).
The troupe's debut album, "Oculus Infernum", released in 2003 through KOCH Records, employs an 18-piece orchestra and a prophetic choir to stitch together chilling classical passages and menacing rock movements into a sinewy Frankenstein's monster of musical styles. VAN HELSING'S CURSE pairs heart-pounding, terrifying original compositions with clever re-workings of such memorable classic pieces as Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" (made famous by "The Exorcist" film), Grieg's "In The Hall Of The Mountain King", "Dies Irae", Jerry Goldsmith's "Ave Satani" (from "The Omen" films), Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" (from "Carmina Burana"), Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain", Chopin's perennial "Funeral March", Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" and Holst's "Mars, The Bringer Of War". "Oculus Infernum" reaches its ominous climax with a spine-chilling cover version of BLACK SABBATH's classic "Black Sabbath".
Upcoming VAN HELSING'S CURSE shows:
Oct. 27 - Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
Oct. 28 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
Oct. 29 - Patchogue Theatre - Patchogue, NY
Oct. 30 - Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ