Wednesday 13 – ‘Condolences’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:30

Wednesday 13 - Condolences - ArtworkMost rock fans know Wednesday 13 for his Murderdolls connections, but for clued up fans he will always be forever known via Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13. As with the Murderdolls, Mr 13 is one of the shining lights of horror punk. Thankfully now back on track with his solo career, 'Condolences' sees him going down a darker, less comic route, which suits me well.


From the get go, 'Last Rites' lays down some serious horror metal. This is Wednesday 13 at their heaviest. Follow this up with the 'What The Night Brings' and 'Cadaverous' and you cannot smudge the smile from my face. 'Condolences' sees Wednesday 13 back to the top of the horror metal/punk/rock genre where he belongs.


If this is what a 'serious' Wednesday 13 sound like then, bring it on. This album is peeling my face off with riffs that would wake the dead. The band consists of Roman Surman and Jack Tankersley on guitars, Troy Doebbler on bass and Kyle Castronovo on drums – and they seriously leave no headstone or grave unturned.



They have left behind the campiness of their previous releases. In its place is a new found purpose and resolve for the metal contained within. If ever there was a full on return to form, then 'Condolences' is the perfect example. Mr.13 himself said: “There are no rules. We can do whatever we want, whatever fits.” This is indeed the case, as the title track hits near the seven minute mark and redefines Wednesday 13 as a band to be reckoned with.


‘Condolences’ is out now. Wednesday 13 play the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin tonight (Thursday) and Limelight 2 in Belfast tomorrow, before headlining the Dogtooth stage at Download on Saturday.


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