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Penis Flytrap is a name that will make any man fear for his crotch. Fortunately their music makes up for their cringe-inducing name. I wanted to go with something a bit more fun, but not too over the top to contrast with my last post. While Penis Flytrap may not be a name that many people are familiar with, some of you may be more familiar with the lead singer, Dinah Cancer. For the uninitiated, Dinah Cancer is the legendary former lead singer for 45 Grave, and considered to be one of the pioneers of the Deathrock genre. I've always been quite fond of her instantly recognizable voice, which has such a sinister quality to it that I really love.
Ironically Penis Flytrap wasn't the first band Cancer belonged whose name promoted violence towards the male reproductive organ. In the early 80s she broke into the music scene with the all female punk band, the Castration Squad, which was formed by Alice Bag of The Bags. She played a small role in other projects before joining the band that most would associate her with, 45 Grave. 45 Grave are considered on of the originators of Deathrock and helped form the style and sound that would become known as Goth. 45 Grave came to an unlikely end in 1991 shortly after lead-singer Rob Graves decided to ignore his doctor's advice and up his daily dosage of heroine slightly too much. Nearly 13 years, Cancer, along with Rikk Agnew of Christian Death, reformed 45 Grave with a new lineup.
For years Cancer turned down offers to return to the music scene, stating that she wanted to wait till her daughters were old enough to understand what she was doing. After a 7 year hiatus she finally joined the group Penis Flytrap. Only one album was released with Cancer on board before she left along with drummer Hal Satan to form Dinah Cancer and the Grave Robbers. As I mentioned before, these albums manage to be enjoyable, and manage to strike a fine balance, remaining dark and enjoyable without crossing into the territory of cheesiness. The songs are all based on various horror-inspired subjects, with a nice touch of black humor thrown in for good measure.
According to a message posted on the band's official myspace page, all three albums by Penis Flytrap are currently out of print. They announced that Dismemberment was going to be re-released with brand new artwork, but it is beginning to look like that might not ever happen.
Tales of Terror (1998)
Year of Release: 1998 Label: Bloody Daggre Records Genres: Deathrock, Horror Punk Bitrate: 192kbps
Tracklist: 1. Cemetary Girl 2. Tears of Blood 3. I Wait 4. Village of the Damned 5. Now 6. Dracula's Daughter
Year of Release: 2001 Label: Black Plague Records Genres: Deathrock, Horror Punk Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. The Dead Hate The Living 2. Fucked By The Devil 3. Tears of Blood 4. Cemetary Girl 5. Belladonna 6. Scream My Darling 7. Burn Witch Burn 8. Caves of Cassandra 9. Dark One 10. Girl In The Basement 11. Say You Love Satan 12. Now 13. The Living Hate The Dead