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Wednesday 13 – Condolences (2017)

In 2017 Wednesday 13 talked about doing and releasing his darkest record yet. He wanted to keep the same band together as the last record as he felt this build a tighter connection and it worked. He mentioned that the work would be more based around the eyes of a serial killer and darker lyrics.  After doing an unplugged tour with part of his band and Bourbon Crow this was a nice change.

He named the record Condolences due to the number of stars deaths and it felt like it was becoming more a common word in his world.

The band released a video for What the Night Brings first to set the pace for the up coming record. The second was released about a month later for Blood Sick (bit of a Spider Baby theme). Third video released was the comic driven Cruel to You. The forth video was released on release day of the cd for the title track Condolences. (which he used the fake tacked of his own death to prompt).

The tour itself to support the record was louder and more aggressive. Spider web images dot the background with a bright red logo of the name. One of the first shows for the tour was playing at the Download Festival with an addition to the stage of pyrotechnics from a trio of ladies.  Into the tour Wednesday 13 had to cancel a few dates due to his daughter Zoie Starr having a baby.

Track List

1 Last Rites
2 What the Night Brings
3 Cadaverous
4 Blood Sick
5 Good Riddance
6 You Breathe, I Kill
7 Omen Amen
8 Cruel to You
9 Eulogy XIII
10 Prey for Me
11 Lonesome Road to Hell
12 Condolences
13 Death Infinity

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Guitar

Roman Surman – Guitar

Jack Tankersley  – Guitar

Troy Doebbler – Bass

Kyle Castronovo – Drums

Personal View – Being waiting it seems forever for this record and finally it is here. This record does not disappoint when it comes to darker lyrics and heavier.  Going in the same heavy vein of the last record but more driven with killer tunes with less campiness. Some of the tunes that drive and stick out from this record (after many listens) are the opening track What the Night Brings, Cadaverous (necro feel again and I love when he sings about this topic), Blood Sick (one of the strongest tracks I personally find from W13), Omen Amen (heavy as hell and driven), Condolences (very classic Alice Cooper sound, nice guitar in the middle added touch), You Breathe, I Kill ( is very heavy and maybe the darkness yet, makes you want to kick some ass), Prey for Me (heavy riff and a nice drum track) and the ender was a surprise Death Infinity as I was waiting for an outro much like past records.

There really are no lacking tracks on this record even the rare ones took a couple listens and not long before my head and foot was going.  Love the direction of this record went and the way Wednesday 13 is marching towards creepier and darker stuff. Don’t get me wrong I love the campy side also (huge FDQFP13 fan) but this a nice killer soundtrack to be played and listened in order. “Sorry for you Loss” and “I fucking like it

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 13 – Monsters of the Universe : Come Out and Plague (2015)

Early in 2015 Wednesday 13 released his sixth solo record called Monsters of the Universe : Come Out and Plague. This record was different then what he has written before as it had more elements of sci-fi and space and the unknown. In the past his writing has been around horror but this round it was more sci-fi. another difference with this record also was this was the first time that someone else was involved in the writing, Roman Surman wrote Planet Eater: Interstellar 187.

Wednesday 13  offered fans their names in the booklet on gravestones and royal ghouls appearing in artwork he has offered 13 fans the opportunity to name the 13 monsters, planets and lifeforms that would be appearing in the CD booklet on his MorgueThanMerch store.

Wednesday 13 changed his stage presence a bit this round by using black make-up, small strop lights on the palms of his hands, a devils mask and a few other things like green flames to make the show more interesting.  He wanted to up the game on stage and head more into more theatrics much like his idols of music.

The singles on the record was Come on out and Plague, Keep Watching the Skies and Serpent Society.

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Track List

1 The Fall of All
2 Keep Watching The Skies
3 Astro Psycho – Galactic Blood-Drive
4 Come Out and Plague
5 I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed
6 Bloodline 666
7 Serpent Society
8 Bombs, Guns, Gods – This is a War
9 Planet Eater: Interstellar 187
10 I Love Watching You Die
11 Into The Crop Circle
12 Over Your Dead Body
13 The Arrival
14 Monsters of the Universe

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Guitar

Roman Surman – Guitar

Jack Tankersley  – Guitar

Troy Doebbler – Bass

Kyle Castronovo – Drums

Personal View – This record is way heavier than what he has done in the past or at least seems darker. I was not sure about the lack of horror and more unknown but after a few listens the record is actually pretty decent and strong. The top ranking tune on this record are Monsters of the Universe, I Love Watching You Die, Into The Crop Circle, Keep Watching The Skies, Serpent Society and Bombs, Guns, Gods – This is a War . Overall this record is solid and is one of his best solo wise. New direction and something that you can stomp your foot too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 (1996 / 1997-2002 / 2005-2006 / 2018)

The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 (1996 / 1997-2002 / 2005-2006/ 2018)

The band was formed in 1996 by Wednesday 13, who left Maniac Spider Trash with band mate Sicko Zero and a guy named Seaweed. The band’s members changed a lot off and on recordings and shows but here is a break down of some of the main stuff.

The band based themselves as trio at first that dressed in loose dresses, bad wigs, aweful make-up with a loud punk metal sound. Being influenced by the past band Maniac Spider Trash, Kiss, Alice Cooper and possibly the New York Dolls this band started to play underground bars in North Carolina.

Wednesday 13 was vocalist and guitar player, Seaweed was now bassist and Sicko Zero was the drummer.  In the first two weeks the first record was written and recorded within 2 days of that. The Late, Late , Late Show got released and was sold at the shows which were not overly popular at first.  The stag show was bad up of parts of Halloween decorations, dolls, a chicken named Omar and anything else the band could find including a masked man by the name of the Confederate Crusader (for 197666). Wednesday 13 reflects back to his time as funny as the band did anything they could at the time to piss the audience off instead of trying to gain a following.  By the end of 1996 Wednesday 13 fired Seaweed and was replaced with a guy named Rat Bastard and then finally Sicko Zero quit and the band broke up.

In 1997 the band reformed again with Wednesday 13 as vocals and guitar, Seaweed on bass, a new guy named Creepy on guitar and a new drummer named Scabs. Creepy did not last long in the band (about 2 weeks) to be replaced by  Abby Normal. The band went from a trio to a quartet and when things just started to get back to normal Scabs left the band to be replaced with a new drummer named R.S. Saidso.  With this line up the band recorded a unnamed EP and was sold only at shows along with a FDQ sticker.

During the tour late 1997  Abby Normal had a fallen out with drummer R.S. Saidso which lead to be being dismissed by the band and replaced by guitarist Sydney. Not long after as funny as it sounds R.S. Saidso then quit the band to form Dragster 66.

In 1998 Sicko Zero rejoined the band again as the drummer. The new line up was Wednesday 13, Sydney, Sicko Zero and Seaweed. the band went into the recording studio and recorded their second record Night of the Living Drag Queen. After a semi successful underground tour Sydney decided to leave the band and Wednesday 13 left the band again as a trio.

In 1999 the band went back into the studio again to record their third record called Songs From the Recently Deceased. During this time the band also released a rare demo copy of the lost track Hey Mom I Just Killed a Chicken. The toured on support of the record and in 2000 they band decided to add a guitarist named Ikky and this displeased Sicko Zero so he left the band yet again.

2001 the band welcomed back drummer Scabs and the band decided to change their look at the same time. They dropped the wigs and looked even more uglier with the wild make-up and cross dressings. They recorded their fourth record called Viva Las Violence just during the process Seaweed left the band half way through and a new player named JaCkY Boi had to finish it. The band toured hard for this record and did other recordings while on the road. JaCkY Boi left the band and was then replaced with another bassist named IT.  By 2002 Wednesday 13 announced that he would be leaving to join a new project known as the Murderdolls.

After huge success of the Murderdolls Wednesday 13 decided in 2005 to release new recordings of classic The Frankenstein Drag Queen from Planet 13 material and a new track called Your Mother Sucks Cocks In Hell. This new record was called 6 Years, 6 Feet Under the Influence and all the instruments were done by Wednesday 13 himself. After the success of the Murderdolls there was a demand from new fans of Wednesday 13 to see and hear the classic The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13.  So in 2005 Wednesday13 brought the band back with Abby Normal and Sicko Zero and did select shows. The band continued with the dresses and wigs again until in 2005 they disbanded totally for his solo project.

In 2006 they released a box set of records and rare tracks called Little Box of Horrors. Since that Wednesday 13 has worked on his many other projects.

October 2018 Wednesday 13 did his Halloween again in the UK but this time he split it up over the weekend. The Friday night they did Skeletons from beginning to end to celebrate the 10th anniversary. (also Roman proposed to his girlfriend Shelly D’ Inferno on stage)The Saturday night Wednesday 13 did a special Frankenstein Drag Queens Set with the current members of the band.

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The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 original  line up early 96 era

The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 original  line up early 96 era with 197666 star  Confederate Crusader

The Frankenstein Drag Queens during the 97 -98 era

 

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The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 ’98 era (return of Sicko Zero)

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Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 98 -99 era as a trio again

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 The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 ‘99 era (dropped the wigs)

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The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13′ 2001 era

The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 ‘2005 era (return of Abby Normal and Sicko Zero)

The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 show in 2018 (Roman Surman, Troy Doebbler, Jack Tankersley, Kyle Castronovo, Wednesday 13)