Rockville Metalhead, Coral the Merknight vs. SEARANTULA, has birthed an eccentric Metal combination of Travis Orbin of Darkest Hour, Adon Fanion of Ghost Ship Octavius and himself for an off-the-wall musical mockery that carries a comical and brash twist. The first track, “Disclaimer”, slowly instrumentally builds in anticipation while dishing a cunning lyrical blast in the form of a waiver which for lack of better words states that the tale ahead is not for the meek or weak-hearted.
“Videogames > Girlfriends” is the second track which picks up the pace with an orchestrated sword-battle into the depths of fantasy and realism which increases admiration toward this oddball endeavor that is a dose of classic parody Metal. The third track, “500 + 500 = 1000 Miles”, is a unique and genre-bending version of The Proclaimers classic that begins with deep death growls that fluidly morph into a softened and graceful Rock and Roll remake that is well-done. “All This Walking Is Making Me Thirsty” is the short fourth instrumental track that entrances with the smooth guitar playing style of Santana which is placed fittingly at the right point of the album.
The fifth track, “Tragedy”, begins with a desolate and melancholic energy that lyrically touches base on the loss of a loved one that has inflicted Coral the Merknight with a hefty dose of anger that is reflected within the cold and calculated instrumental force. “(Oh Great, Another) Origin Story” is the sixth track which begins with a mysterious journey into the bizarre universe within Coral the Merknight that is emitted through an instrumental fusion of both paranoia and disorder. The seventh track, “ScarJo(Lene)”, keeps the ball rolling with female vocals that carry a Medieval feel over top-shelf instrumental prowess that is solid and commendable. “Ballad of the Broken Refrigerator” is the eighth track which is a lyrically wacky and comical blast of sarcasm poking fun at the smoky and deep vocals of fellow rockers.
The ninth track, “Whip My Hair”, is the Metal version of Willow Smith’s hit that we all did not know that we needed as it breathes life into the track and awakens an entirely unexpected perspective on the track’s potential to be remade. “Or Would you Prefer a Rousing Game of Battle Boat Beer….” is the eleventh instrumental track which carries theatrical elements that launch listeners into the wonders of a well-crafted melodic tune. Closing out with “Under the Sea” and “Fish Outta Water”, Coral the Merknight vs. SEARANTULA gift us all with the Heavy Metal covers of The Little Mermaid classics that all impassioned Metalheads now desire to see replace the original versions.
Who’s to say what Coral the Merknight’s intention was behind bringing this spoof album to life, yet his peculiar brand of crazy is certainly intriguing. If you’re a fan of artists such as Dethklok, Vektor, Red Fang and Candlemass, then check out the off-the-wall Metal musical deliveries of Coral the Merknight vs. SEARANTULA.