When I first found out about NecroFusion, I mostly just couldn’t believe what a generous treat the nation was being offered to offset the trick of Hurricane Sandy this past Halloween. That, and I was excited about the untold treasures it was sure to contain. The cover has the enchanting vision of Zak looking like Master Sergeant Ghostapo in his tight button down and red shoulder accents. So clearly, we’re off to a good start. I took the plunge, drank the kool-aid, and was not disappointed.
NecroFusion is like an EVP from the Holy Ghost himself. The album contains eleven tracks, each relaying the story of one trapped spirit Zak and his team connected with during the course of an investigation. In order to birth this dark-sided dubstep, Zak partnered with Praga Khan, a name that might sound familiar to you 90’s era raverina beat-freaks as being part of the post-industrial-electronica group, Lords of Acid. For those of you who don’t know Khan, relax. The night is still young.
A major component of this “supernatural soundtrack experience,” as Zak calls it, is the story-telling aspect of these tracks. Each contains EVPs collected by the team’s SB7 Spirit Box. “Spirit communication is the most powerful communication I’ve ever encountered,” Zak stated when asked about the use of these clips in his songs. He went on to say that, “The most powerful messages are delivered through music, and music truly influences the way you fee. It stimulates the emotional memories of your life. With NecroFusion, we’ve blended together these two powerful forms of communication – spirit and music. And the earthbound spirits have a lot to say.” For those of you who are still having difficulties imagining what these sick beats might sound like, reference the Wife Swap– inspired “She’s Not A Christian (God Warrior Remix).” However, NecroFusion isn’t the first project the two have worked on together. Nope! Zak had previously contributed to the single “Paranormal Energy” for Lords of Acid’s latest release, Deep Chills. With both men sharing a common history of experiencing unexplained phenomena, the serendipitous pairing was a match made in musical heaven.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Zak Bagans is one of America’s tannest treasures. He has a dog, Gracie, that looks like a big raccoon at certain angles, appears three times in Urban Dictionary, is a musical sensation, and this December, he will be releasing his first fashion line. Dude is a modern renaissance man. If all that wasn’t enough, Zak is pretty much the Steve Irwin of ghost adventuring.
So what kind of music does Zak like to listen to? In a recent interview with ArtistDirect.com, Zak listed Rob Zombie and Armin Von Buuren as his go-tos.
To find out more about Zac’s projects and the Ghost Adventures Team, visit www.ZakBagans.com.