Jackson belting out tunes

Photo provided by Mark Nixon - we're still not sure who took it!!

Since starting out in the primordial-ooze of the Calgary-based garbagy/garagy Color Me Psycho, entertainer Jackson Phibes has been dishing out macabre-tinged rockin' slop to disbelieving audiences for over 13 years. CMP managed to stay together for 3 years of tyranny and stagnation, releasing a few tapes and one full-length piece o' vinyl (the now collector's item "Pretend I'm your Father" album).

Immediately following the demise of his first ill-fated stab at the small-time, Phibes (who was still toiling under the dubious nom de axe, Aleister Hexxx) set about initiating a head-long dive into the horror-rock ghettos with the Forbidden Dimension.

The FD began originally as a one-man band, but over the course of ten years, Phibes managed to sucker a host of other musicians (some quite accomplished, others still in their training bras) into accompanying him. Three full-length CD's were recorded and released by the now defunct Cargo Records. These, along with a handful of blood-drenched singles on various small labels brought a smallish, but ardent international cult audience to pestering Phibes and his crew for autographs, epitaphs and vials of bodily fluids.

In the summer of '98, Phibes' cohorts in the then-current line-up of the Forbidden Dimension decided to get Religion. Phibes remained, holding the bag of goofer-dust at the crossroads of his own fevered imagination. "Horror Rock or Die" was his cry, so he died anyway, and then came back. Retrieving his crimson-stained guitar from the ashes, he set out on his new solo night drive to the nether-regions of a musical genre which he has always referred to as Gothic Trash.

His latest offering to the world, "Old Devil Moon", on the psychotronically-charged Reanimator Records probably won't earn him any more respect, but at least you can tap your toe and drink your Bloody Mary to it. 3 rhythm-soaked tart-choppers that'll have 'em slashin' the seats from Plainfield to Transylvania. Remember, there's no rock like Horror Rock. Dig in your spades and enjoy! It's only Goddamned Monster Mash Crap, but I like it, like it, yes I do...

Phibes has also donated organs to recordings by the Von Zippers and Huevos Rancheros under a few phony names...


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