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Wednesday 13 – The Dixie Dead (2013)

Right after the Calling All Corpses tour Wednesday 13 went right back into the studio and did a more hill billy horror theme record called The Dixie Dead. Like other Wednesday 13 records and song writing the songs were based around horror films and geek culture.

Everything from puns of Motley Crue, vampires, Poltergeist movie, Flash Gordons enemy Ming the Merciless and even a anthem that some believe is directed to Joey Jordison (Fuck You (In Memory Of…).  This record had a mixed bag of material.

Much like the last record this one had similar sounds when it came to backing vocals but the tracks were not just set to a certain tone as some songs were heavy while others had a touch of Bourbon Crow to them. Wednesday 13 toured to support the record with the same band that he had out last time.

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Track List

1 Death Arise (Intro)
2 Blood Sucker
3 Get Your Grave On
4 Curse the Living
5 Too Fast for Blood
6 Hail Ming
7 Coming Attractions
8 The Dixie Dead
9 Ghost Stories
10 Fuck You (In Memory Of…)
11 Carol Anne…They’re Here
12 Hands of the Ripper
13 Death Arise (Overture)

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Keyboards

Roman Surman -Guitar

Jack Tankersley – Guitar

Troy Doebbler  – Bass

Jason “Shakes” West – Drums

Personal View – This record is a hit and miss for me. The sound for me does not do it when it comes to back vocals. Its too loud and chant like. But some of the songs are real great such as the title track (which you must use the intro Coming Attractions to get the full effect), Ghost Stories and one of my personal favorites Carol Anne…They’re Here.

But there are a few tracks on this record which I find is trying to hard, one that stands out is Fuck You (In Memory Of…) but then again it might be because it has more of Bourbon Crow sound. Not a bad record overall but not his strongest.

 

 

 

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Wednesday 13 – Spook and Destroy (2012)

During the Calling All Corpses tour Wednesday 13 started to announce that there was a new EP coming out called Spook and Destroy but not a lot of details on why this came out .

Late 2012 the EP came out and it contained 2 new songs M.F.T.W. (Mother Fuck The World) and Halloween 13-13  along with past songs remixed or re-recorded.

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Track List

1 M.F.T.W. (Mother Fuck The World)
2 Halloween 13-13
3 Bad Things (Re-Recording 2012)
4 Rambo (Re-Recording 2012)
5 Mr. Motherfucker (Re-Recording 2012)
6 Curse of Me (Acoustic)
7 Bad Things (Suffocation Celebration Remix)
8 Rambo (Bullets And Bloodshed Remix)

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals and Keyboards

Roman Surman – Guitar

Jack Tankersley  – Guitar

Troy Doebbler -Bass

Jason “Shakes” West – Drums

Personal View – Still do not understand why this was released as it was and not kept for later on as a full record. But either way it welcomed 2 new tracks of Wednesday 13 so no complaints.  I’m not going to get into the old songs as we all know them but the 2 new songs are very interesting.

The first rack M.F.T.W. (Mother Fuck The World) is a fist pumping anthem which I think he was trying to nail a new I Love to Say Fuck and to be honest he did it. This song should really be played live!

The second song Halloween 13-13 has a great beat to it. It has a hollow chant in the background which reminds me of a old Misfits song. Another fun track.

 

Wednesday 13 – Calling All Corpses (2011)

In 2011 Wednesday 13 recorded his fourth solo record called Calling All Corpses. The cover of the recording was a comic like 70s feel of horror comics done by  D.A Frizell.

Wednesday 13 changed his band up a bit from the Skeletons line up. This was the first recording for his solo efforts with guitarist Roman Surman, which grew into a longer relationship in his efforts.

The sound and songs on this record had changed as the back vocals become louder and the songs themselves had more of hard feel to them then the past recordings but it still stay true to the horror like themes. He did a large tour to support the record as the title track became a huge opener to the show to set the presence of the show. Wednesday 13 would walk upon the stag in his top hat and dress vest as the ringmaster of this the strange odd freak show on stag.

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Track List

1 Blood Fades to Black (Intro)
2 I Wanna Be Cremated
3 Ghoul of My Dreams
4 One Knife Stand
5 Calling All Corpses
6 Miss Morgue
7 Silver Bullets
8 Bad at Being Human
9 London After Midnight
10 Candle for the Devil
11 We All Die
12 Something Wicked This Way Comes
13 Blood Fades to Black (Reprise) (Outro)

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Roman Surman – Guitar
Jack Tankersley – Guitar
Troy Doebbler – Bass
Jason “Shakes” West – Drums

Personal View – This record is a cross between Fang Bang and the a new direction of back vocal sounds that is shown in the next few records. The record is not as heavy and some of tracks are a tad weaker like One Knife Stand and Bad at Being Human.

But  many of the songs on this are strong like anthems for example Calling All Corpses, I Wanna Be Cremated, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Miss Morgue, Silver Bullets and Ghoul of My Dreams.  This record is pretty decent overall as sounds like Something Wicked This Way  and the title track just might be some of his best works.

 

 

 

 

Gunfire 76 – Casualties & Tragedies (2009)

Wednesday 13 had been influenced with glam music of the 70s and 80s such as TRex, Motley Crue and other hair metal band of that time. He thought of starting a new project and drop the horror theme and work with Todd Youth of The Chelsea Smiles and record a new record. He named the project Gunfire 76  and started to record and write songs that had the old school metal feel. He dropped the horror look and went straight to the leather, cropped hair and metal ballads.

Wednesday 13 grabbed Roman Surman for guitar, Jamie Hoover on bass and Jason West on drums.

In August 2009 Wednesday 13 shared on the Myspace page some samples of what Gunfire 76 was going to sound.

Gunfire 76 toured for about 2 months to support the record called Casualties & Tragedies in October 2009 and named the tour First Blood Tour. 

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Track List

1 Let’s Kill The Hero
2 Casualties And Tragedies
3 Nothings All I Need
4 Los Angel-less
5 Rocket To Nowhere
6 Something For The Suffering
7 One More Reason To Hate You
8 Tell You Like It Is
9 What Did You Expect
10 Back To The Gutter
11 Get Me Through The Night

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals and Guitar
Roman Surman – Guitar
Jamie Hoover – Bass
Jason West – Drums

Personal View – This is one of those projects when I heard about it I was on the fence with. To me Wednesday 13 is punky, heavy and sleazy horror fun. I’m a huge Motley Crue fan but this record is not really my full cup of tea. There are some serious catchy fun tracks like Let’s Kill The Hero, Casualties And Tragedies and Rocket To Nowhere but some of other songs are just too much for me to enjoy like Los Angel-less and Get Me Through The Night. Too much bring out the girls songs. But I do understand why he did this as being a guy grown up on the glam metal I get it.

The real hidden gem of this record is Something For The Suffering, this screams old Alice Cooper and fits his image of any project perfect. Sooner have Wednesday 13 keeping rolling with the solo records.

Murderdolls – Women and Children Last (2010)

In  2010 the Murderdolls regrouped under the power of Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison. They announced a new record and released some of the material on their Facebook page. They did not regroup with any of the other old members and recruited touring guitarist Roman Surman, bassist Jack Tankersley  and drummer Racci Shay and later on Jason “Shakes West. Mick Mars from Motley Crue helped on the record also for Drug Me to Hell and  Blood-Stained Valentine Mock film trailers were released for four of the album’s nonsingle tracks:  Drug Me to HellSummertime SuicideDeath Valley Superstars, Chapel of Blood and the first single was My Dark Place Alone.

The record was called Women & Children Last as a pun to the classic Van Halen record. was released late August 2010. The image of the band was a lot darker and so was some of songs. The band went on the road to support the record. The second single from the record was Nowhere.

In 2013 Wednesday 13 announced the official end of the Murderdolls so this was the last record at this time.

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Track List

1 The World According to Revenge
2 Chapel of Blood
3 Bored ‘Til Death
4 Drug Me to Hell
5 Nowhere
6 Summertime Suicide
7 Death Valley Superstars
8 My Dark Place Alone
9 Blood Stained Valentine
10 Pieces of You
11 Homicide Drive
12 Rock N Roll is All I Got
13 Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright
14 Whatever You Got, I’m Against It
15 Hello, Goodbye, Die

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Guitars, Bass

Joey Jordison – Guitar, Drums, Bass

Personal View – Personally was very excited for this record when it was announced but the record itself is hit and miss. Some of the record is very dark and heavy like My Dark Place Alone, Chapel of Blood, Death Valley Superstar and Bored ‘ Til Death which are great songs and fit the theme. But some of the songs sit out and stick out as they seem not to fit the record like Nowhere, Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright  and Summertime Suicide. Not that they are bad songs but they do not seem to fit the recipe of this record but maybe something from Gunfire 76.  The length of record is long which is great as there really is not a bad song on it.

 

 

Murderdolls (2002-2004 / 2010-2011 / 2018)

Murderdolls (2002-2004 / 2010-2011)

The Murderdolls originally came from the idea of Joey Jordison when he was in a band known as The Rejects. The Rejects split up when Joey decides to the leave the band as his newer and more aggressive band Slipknot was signing a record deal. At some point in 1999 Joey decide to do another side project and bring The Rejects back. He met with past vocalist Dizzy Draztik, guitar player from Static X named Tripp Eisen, drummer from Dope Racci Shay, and some unknown bassist named Ian at that time.

Dizzy introduced Joey to the music of The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 and talked him into inviting front man Wednesday 13 in 2001 to be the new bassist. Not long after Dizzy left the band to take of personal matters with his mother and Wednesday 13 moved from bass to vocals for the band. At this time the band changed their name also to Murderdolls and took over where the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 left off. the image of band was a cross between Motley Crue (in the 83 era) meets Marilyn Manson.

The band started to play their music and started to create some new material with the same horror themes.  The first record was started to be done and it was made up mostly of old Wednesday 13 songs.

In 2002 after the record was done they brought in a new drummer Ben Graves and a bass player named Eric Griffon. The record was seen as a EP called Right to Remain Violent. Not long after they released a full length records called Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.

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(Early Group Shots 2002 of Murderdolls when Tripp Eisen was in the band.)

Not long after the release of the record and some shows Tripp Eisen announced that he will be going to back to his old band Static X and was replaced with new guitarist Acey Slade. The band went on to do a very successful tour run in support of the record with bands like Iron Maiden and the Foo Fighters.

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In 2003 the band released an EP single for the Billy Idol remake of White Wedding. They kept touring successfully until the beginning of 2004 when Joey announced that he was going to work more on the Slipknot project but Wednesday 13 and Joey both said the band did not break up.

(Murderdolls during the Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls era with Acey Slade.)

After a long break in the band as Joey kept working with Slipknot and Wednesday 13 did a pile of solo records and other projects, in 2010 they both announced that they were going to work on a new record. The band was mostly new except for Joey and Wednesday but they brought back Racci Shay and Jason “”Shakes” West later on  drums and new members guitarist Roman Surman and bassist Jack Tankersley. The second record was called Women & Children Last and was a much darker CD.

Murderdolls 2010-2011 era (Roman, Jason, Joey, W13, Jack)

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The band did some touring with Guns n’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Ozzfest in the UK. Before the band got into the North American side of the tour Joey decided to join Rob Zombie and deal with the death of past Slipknot member Paul Gray.

(Murderdolls UK Poster)

In 2011 Wednesday 13 announced that the Murderdolls were split for good.

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Murderdolls 2010 era (W13/Joey)

In 2018 after the passing of Ben Ghoul Graves from his battle of cancer, they had a 1 show reunion of some members. Wednesday 13, Acey Slade and Eric Griffon got together and paid respect with a opening set list.

Murderdolls 1 night semi reunion for Ben the Ghoul Graves in 2018.

 

 

 

 

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