Press Release: The Scream Machine by Sam Mortimer a Siren’s Call Publication

Press Release: The Scream Machine by Sam Mortimer a Siren’s Call Publication


Cash carries a disease; one that’s already killed a large majority of the population and something needs to be done. To stop the crisis from escalating, The Solution (a worldwide organization) is formed and rises to great power. They monitor people’s dreams and shape reality to fit their own wants and needs. In an effort to control existence itself, The Solution is searching for what they believe to be the ultimate tool; a person with the ability to master a deep connection with the mysterious, pervasive energy known only as The Ultimate Reality.

Watching her neighborhood decay, her friends and family perish, Elizabeth Reznik needs to find meaning in her life. She discovers her existence is more meaningful than she could ever have imagined. Operatives of The Solution seek her out, take her from her home and perform brutal experiments on her. Their conclusion? Elizabeth is the one they have been searching for; she is the key to gaining complete power.

The stratagem of The Solution is single minded – own the resources and you own the people. And the last resource available is free will. They will own your thoughts, they will orchestrate your dreams; they will dine on your fears. But there is always a cog in the machine… or in this case, a scream.





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Sam Mortimer has worked the graveyard shift in law enforcement, attended film school, and has been writing strange stories since age eleven. He loves reading, music, and strives to meet the demands of his five cats. 131, Valerie Kinney

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Terror Trax: Scream Machine

TerrorTrax recently had the opportunity to interview SinDelle M Morte of Scream Machine about their music, inspirations, and of course horror movies.


HA: Do you write your own lyrics/where does your inspiration come from?

SinDelle Morte: Yes, I write all my own stuff. I always wrote poetry and things like that as a kid, so this was really just a natural progression of that. Mostly my inspiration comes from current events and things like that, though I have written quite a few songs about serial killers and things like that. Basically, anything that horrifies people. LOL.

HA: What singers or bands inspired you growing up? Who are your favorite artists today?

SM: Are these supposed to be different? LOL. Mostly a bunch of hard rock and metal bands, to be honest. I take some inspiration in certain things, like from Rob Zombie or maybe BILE but most of it is stuff that would not even make sense at this time in relation to my music. Most of the stuff I listen to is the same kind of thing but I also like rap and punk, along with a huge dose of adult contemporary kind of stuff. If you can sing to it, chances are I like it.

HA: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician and how did you start out?

SM: I mean, I was always a singer but I think if I had to pick, I would say when I was about 13 that’s when I really knew that I wanted to make music. I started out just messing around with music programs on the computer. It progressed from there. My early shit is God-awful but you know, luckily it got better. Lol.

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HA: What non-musical things inspire your music? Is there a place where you go to be inspired?

SM:I read/watch a lot of Stephen King and true crime stuff. I’m what we could call a “real life horror buff” too. I am very interested in that kind of stuff. I used to have a huge collection of crime scene photos and things like that on my old computer. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from that. I think I’ve written at least 3 songs about episodes of First 48. Lol.

HA: What’s been the greatest achievement of your band? Or, where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?

SM: We had a chance to be part of a compilation that benefits people with cancer called, “Electronic Saviors.” We are really proud of that.

HA: What are your favorite horror movies?

SM:Oh man. The first one is probably the Halloween franchise. I love those movies. They are simple and terrifying. The Nightmare franchise is a favorite. I love the Child Play movies and most Stephen King movies. I’m old, man. I really liked the first SAW movie. It gave me hope for the genre as a whole. I saw Sinister a few years ago and was genuinely creeped out by a horror movie for the first time in YEARS, so that was really cool. I think “The Exorcist” is the scariest movie of all time, but I wouldn’t call it a favorite. It’s too scary to be liked. Lol.

HA: What was the scariest night of your life?

SM: I remember I had a dream one night about something in the closet in my room, kind of like how it is in “Cujo”.  I was an adult, not a kid. When I woke up it was pitch black in my room. I was so scared I could not  move. That is probably the most afraid I have ever been. I was too scared to even piss myself. LOL.

HA: If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?

SM: Man, I don’t know. Anywhere where the people are cool and it’s not 1000 degrees. 🙂

HA: What are you working on now for any future release? Are you on tour? Where can they see you?

SM: We have a new release on the horizon called "Savages." That is slated to drop sometime this fall – probably around Halloween, of course. It’s done so we are just waiting for that. Then there might be a hiatus of sorts, because we are moving to an off grid property and may not be able to work on music for a while. We have to see what happens.

HA: What is available now that the listeners can download or buy?

SM: We have a LOT of stuff, from EPs to LPs and singles. About 30 releases.

HA: What is the website we can find it on?

SM: HorrorAddicts can find all of our stuff on Bandcamp . There is some that are free and some that isn’t. Our stuff is also available on most major digital outlets, like iTunes, Amazon, all that kind of thing.

HA: What is the best social media site for listeners to connect with you on?

SM: Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Other? Bandcamp? Facebook is still the best one to hit us up on.

HA: What are your id’s/ web addresses?

SM: Scream Machine Bandcamp ,    Scream Machine Facebook  Scream Machine YouTube   Scream Machine Soundcloud

Monster Mash with SinDelle Morte of godMONSTER

Time for some déjà vu here in episode 76. For this turn around I interviewed the marvelous mistress of musical mayhem, SinDelle Morte of Scream Machine, about her side project godMONSTER. If her name sounds familiar, that’s because not only are we fans of Scream Machine (Best Band of Season Three!), but Sin was the music interviewer here before I failed upwards into the position. 🙂 In her honor, I shall bust out of my usual format and share the full question and answer interview as was her style during her tenure. Love ya, Sin!

DS: Who are the members of the band, and besides the instruments they play or how they sing, what do they bring to the band as a whole?

SM: Well, godMONSTER is my solo side project, so it’s just me. Scream Machine (my main project) is more aggressive and it really allows no outlet for a more ethereal or ambient type of sound. Maybe it would if I allowed it to, hahahaha. But I don’t. So I decided to make godMONSTER as like a counterbalance to that.

DS: Why did you choose to send “Gravedancer’s Nocturne” to Horror Addicts, and what does it mean to you?

SM: Gravedancer’s Nocturne is by far and away one of my favorites off of godMONSTER’s debut EP “The Dischordian Society.” I felt that it really embodied the horror sound, if by horror we mean creepy and maybe sometimes sexy in a dark and dirty way. It has a hypnotic quality that I really try to infuse all godMONSTER stuff with, as well. Horror should be spellbinding. And that particular track definitely is.

DS: Where is your band based out of? Did you grow up there, or what place do you consider your home town? Do you find that it influences your music?

SM: I live just outside Washington DC. Believe me when I tell you there are plenty of zombies walking around this place; just empty faces going to empty places. So yes, you could say it influences me, especially in wanting to create something beautiful in an ugly place. I grew up here from the age of 10 and before that I lived in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It was quite a culture shock to move here, among other things but in many ways I have retained my redneck roots. Hahahahaha.

DS: How do your fans react to your music?

SM: People seem to like it. Not just fans of Scream Machine but also people who have never heard of Scream Machine and that is always nice. A lot of people say that it is not what they expected from me and that suits me just fine. I like to bring people something they weren’t expecting. And if they like it, that’s even better.

DS: I love to hear the story behind band names. What’s the origin of “godMONSTER”?

SM: It’s about the duality and dichotomy of man, which is why “god” is in lowercase letters. Human see themselves as both: gods AND monsters. And they are both. I am a human and no more or less flawed than anyone else and considering the fact that this project was created as an opposing counterpoint to Scream Machine, it seemed to fit. 

DS: It may be hard to choose, but which of your songs or albums is your favorite?

SM: On the upcoming godMONSTER release Lucid State there is a song called Audrey that I made for my grandmother. I think that may be my favorite.

DS: Outside of the usual labels describing music, how do you describe your music?

SM: Usually as ambient or dark electro. To be honest, I’m not sure what other people would call it. I fail miserably at labeling or categorizing things. In the description for it, I will usually write: “Featuring sonic soundscapes, rich ambience and macabre subject matter, godMONSTER is best described as music for the darkness in us all. Music to raise the dead, godMONSTER is an auditory tapestry of bewitching sounds and fully-developed emotionally harmonious apogee.” Boy, that sounds pretentious, doesn’t it? Hahahahaha. 

DS: What was the inspiration for creating your latest project?

SM: On Lucid State I really want to create a tranquil vibe, sort of the electronic equivalent of a 10-track Pagan lullaby. There are lots of ethnic type sounds, like pan flutes and things like that. It’s almost my attempt to make meditation music but a little more emotionally-charged than that. I have an interest in “alternative” or earth religions and most of the godMONSTER tracks are about catching a feeling or an idea and holding onto it. So you see more of that on Lucid State.

DS: Who are your favorite bands, and who has influenced your music?

SM: To be honest, my favorite bands would not make much sense here. Hahahaha. It’s mostly metal and rock bands. In industrial and electronic, I like BILE, Suicide Commando, Grendel, Project Rotten, Diverje, Lord of Acid, Roughhausen, Lockjaw… all great guys and all good music. People often compare godMONSTER to electronic bands but I don’t really listen to that much electronic or industrial music at all, so I never know who they are talking about. Some might not believe that but it’s very true.

DS: What other styles of music do you like?

SM: Metal and rock are my first and true loves! Metallica, Slayer, Guns n Roses, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Exodus, Danzig, Maiden… I also like more contemporary stuff like Matchbox 20, Three Doors Down and things like that. Lots of punk. The Beatles, Queen, Elton John, Billy Joel. I like rap and r&b; Scream Machine covered a Snoop Dogg song. I even like country like Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride… there are a lot of types of music I listen to and it all influences me somehow. If you notice, there isn’t a whole lot of industrial in there. 🙂

DS: What type of music turns you off? Is there a style that you haven’t worked in that you would like to?

SM: There is really no entire genre of music that I don’t like but I don’t love the new style of rap that they do now. I’m more old school. I don’t like gabber that much and I don’t really dig powernoise or that kind of thing but I can usually find one project or artist in any genre that I can stand. And if I could make metal or rock music full time, I would do that. I would also like to do punk. I would like to make any type of music that I have no yet made. I love it all. 

DS: How long have you been writing, composing, or playing?

SM: I have been writing poetry for a long time. Since I was about 6 or so. I’ve been singing about as long. I started making music with Scream Machine in 2008. So since then. 

DS: How has producing your latest album been different than your previous work?

SM: When godMONSTER started, it had no real form or goal. It was just floating ideas put into audio. Now it has a more concrete structure and a defined goal. That makes a difference. And of course, it’s very different from Scream Machine. And it’s nice not having to work overly much with vocals. Hahahaha. 

DS: Do you listen to podcasts, and if so what kind and which ones?

SM: I sometimes listen to the HorrorAddicts podcasts because I love Emz!! I don’t faithfully listen to any though because there is always so much noise in my house that I can’t hear them anyway. If I have a few minutes here or there I will catch it though. And I will listen to some that are metal or rock-oriented. 

DS: When you aren’t working with the band, what do you like to do? Do you have any other creative outlets?

SM: I am always working on music! I have Scream Machine that I do with Cosmo, godMONSTER that I do by myself, then another one that is just an experimental noisemaking thing called Hardcore Glitch Mechanism. Most people probably don’t even know that one is me and Cosmo, so surprise! It is! I do a lot of collaborations with people; I did one recently with James [from the bands WHORE and DIVERJE], Scream Machine collaborated with Dave Sussman from BILE and I am currently working on a new side-project with Medavon [from the bands Lockjaw and Murder Love God] that we are announcing very soon. When I’m not doing that, I write and hang around with my family.

DS: What’s next for you and the band?

SM: Lucid State will be out sometime this year. Hopefully another music video or two, too. 

DS: What advice do you have to new bands?

SM: Don’t try to imitate anybody. Do you own thing, even if you don’t think it will be popular. We could use more originality around here. 

DS: Where can the listeners find your music? List all websites and local stores that you can think of.

SM: You can download godMONSTER albums on The debut EP and first full length EP are free. 🙂

To find out more about godMONSTER, you can also visit her Facebook page. Thank you Sin for a great chat!