When is an H.P. Lovecraft story not a book? When it’s an album by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, of course! Following their seven year tour of outer space in support of Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, ‘The Thickets’ return to Earth and the waters off New Zealand in a very special operatic adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Out of Time.” In HPL’s original tale set in 1913, Professor Peaslee of Massachusetts has his mental faculties swapped by an alien mind and learns terrible truths about life on Earth and beyond. The Vancouver, BC nerdcore band’s The Shadow Out of Tim—their third full-length album and fifth CD release—features modern marine biologist Dr. Timothy Vess’ descent into madness brought on by similar circumstances. The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, a cult mainstay since 1992, take you on a rock ‘n’ roll tour through space and time, painting sonic pictures of the ocean deep, mysterious ruin-covered islands, and Paleocene jungles. Five out of five Cthulhu scholars agree – The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ The Shadow Out of Tim is the perfect soundtrack to occult investigation!
The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets have been an online phenomenon, selling thousands of cds and downloads worldwide to communities dedicated to HP Lovecraft, Cthulhu, RPGs , science fiction and the horror genre in general. The band frequently appears in the Vancouver region and at various conventions serving the above mentioned communities.
For those who have seen The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets perform and for those who have listened to their renditions of HP Lovecraft tales put to song, you all know that they are a powerful and dynamic rock force who happen to dress up like many of the characters in their songs. One must ask. Is this a fetish? Maybe. Are they fanatics? Could be. Is that a giant fish? Yes it is and possibly prehistoric. Yes to all of the questions. Don’t hesitate ! Run screaming to buy a copy ASAP. Tell your friends and warn the world! The Shadow Out Of Tim has arrived and The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets are back!
Head south from the city to the border and follow the country road, Zero Avenue out toward the valley. You will come to the town of Abbotsford. Fertile farmland, scare crows, old churchs meet the endless ever connecting strip mall crossing America. Seems like the perfect setting for a tale of terror. That is the home and birthplace of The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets. Toren Atkinson is the lead singer and front man. He wears the goatpants in his family. When he's not belting out lyrics that rhyme with "broth" he can be found illustrating books and games, like the d20 Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. He might also be found writing, like for the Spaceship Zero roleplaying game (available in game stores now!). If he's not doing any of those things, he might be acting on screen or voice-acting. He loves cartoons like The Real Ghostbusters and Jonny Quest, and his favourite superhero is Red Tornado. He lives in Vancouver with his cat Kodos. He's got a website at www.toren.net/thickets where you could find out his terrible secret. You can reach him at [email protected] Warren Banks is the guitarist. He also writes for roleplaying games, and he's travelled to Antarctica. He appreciates music and the culinary arts. He lives in England and maintains a blog. He likes Justice League and his favourite superhero is The Flash. As part of his community service to Thicketdom he has been forced to dress up as a deep one, a golden beetle, Han Solo, a skeleton and The Rhino. You can reach him at darkest at uniserve.com. Jordan Pratt is the drummer. He is also a plummer. He's a plummer and a drummer. He lives with his lovely artist/hairdresser wife Tara in Abbotsford with two dogs and two cats. He enjoys toy guns and Clone High. He's dressed up as a spider, The Lizard, Princess Leia, and a Cthulhu cultist. He has email but gets Tara to check it. Merrick Atkinson is the bassist and backup vocalist. His dog's name is Hastur. It's ok to say that out loud, as long as you don't mind some slobber. He is a horticulturalist/landscaper. He lives in Harrison and he enjoys playing video games. He's been seen on stage as a praying mantis, Devilcow, and a fungi from Yuggoth. He does not have email, if you can believe that. Mario Nieva is the other guitarist, fill-in bassist and fill-in drummer. He lives in Chilliwack above an RV Dealership office and doesn't have email. He's in another band called Spreadeagle. He's in another another band called Mystery Machine.
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