Ice Nine Kills, Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2 Review

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

After the massive success of their first horror-inspired album The Silver Scream, it made sense to come back with more horror in their latest release Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2. I know, I know, oftentimes sequels suck or are held under more scrutiny for coming after a great original. The singer of the band Spencer Charnas even acknowledges this, admitting that with the success of The Silver Scream, there was pressure to one-up the predecessor, but it seems that Ice Nine Kills were ready to take on the challenge. And in my opinion, they nailed it.

When making the decision to come back with a follow-up album, Charnas thought of it as “creat[ing] a franchise out of a band.” So much like the many franchises they reference in their songs, they themselves are now becoming a franchise of their own. Ice Nine Kills have always had an affinity for horror, tackling some darker tales through their 2015 album Every Trick in the Book but they embraced it fully with their 2018 release The Silver Scream. The album hit #29 in the Billboard 200, a huge leap from the #122 placement of their prior album. Realizing they struck gold while also still holding an interest in tackling more horror movies, they started penning Welcome to Horrorwood.

Charnas in character for their Assault and Batteries music video. Source

The metalcore and horror fans overlap was large enough for the idea of horror metalcore to gain popularity and hype within the scene. When it came to creating their sequel. Charnas said in a Rock Sound interview that he wanted to keep fans guessing, to build hype. He wanted fans to wonder, “they’ve done Friday the 13th, they’ve done Michael Myers. What are they gonna do next?” It’s that excitement that drove the band to choose more movies for fans to “sink their teeth into” by creating a sequel album that not only maintains the concept but builds upon, blending different genres together leaving you wondering what they’re going to try in the next track. From emo-pop to metalcore to deathcore, this album has a bit of everything. On top of that, it has amazing features including...

  • Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach (see below)

Spencer Charnas and Jacoby Shaddix on the set of the music video “Hip to Be Scared.” Source

  • George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher from Cannibal Corpse

  • Brandon Saller from Atreyu

  • Ryan Kirby from Fit For A King

  • Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail

As Charnas says in their song “Hip to Be Scared", I think what makes this album, “a cut above the rest” is that it takes what made The Silver Scream good and elevates it, builds upon it. Experimentation and creativity are running on full blast for Welcome to Horrorwood from the song compositions to the lyrics to the album’s storyline. And to top it all off, the band has put together a personalized list of horror movies for huge fans to geek out over while casual horror fans can discover new films.

Like for our blog on the Silver Scream, I’m going to list out the tracklist and which horror franchises they’re based on.

  1. Opening Night... -introductory voiceover

  2. Welcome to Horrorwood - an original song/setup for the album’s story

  3. A Rash Decision - Cabin Fever