Thursday, January 20, 2011

Artist of the Week: Murderdolls

It has been awhile since I last chose an "Artist of the Week," so here is hoping I can be more consistent in 2011.  Anyway, let's check out the Murderdolls, a band I have been jamming out to lately.

The Murderdolls describe themselves as "horror punk," and write songs about vampires, monsters, and everything in between.  The band has gone through several members during the years, but the core members are vocalist Wednesday 13, and guitarist Joey Jordison, who is more known for playing drums in Slipknot.

The band formed in 2002, releasing an EP, and their debut full length, titled "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls."  The band found some success with that release, and toured all over the world, including dates with bands like Stone Sour, which is fronted by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor.  With all of the other band members having full-time commitments with other bands, the Murderdolls were put on the backburner, although Wednesday 13 claimed that they would regroup to record a second album at some point.

Fast-forward 8 years, and the Murderdolls did just that.  In August 2010, the Murderdolls released their second album, entitled "Women and Children First."  The album debuted on the US billboard charts at #43, and garnered positive reviews all over the world.  They embarked on a tour with Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie shortly after.

Take the Misfits and Motley Crue, murder them, have them come back as zombie musicians, and that is the sound you get when the Murderdolls enter your eardrums.  Never before have songs about vampires, blood, mutilation, and murder been so fun.  The standout tracks on the album are "Nowhere," which is a song about being a reject, and probably the most commercial-friendly track on the album.  The opener, "Chapel of Blood," is a ferocious sounding song that will get your heart racing, and has a powerful guitar riff, featured in the chrous. 

The Murderdolls aren't exactly an original act, and won't chance the face of rock music, but they are extremely effective, and a lot of fun.  Do yourself a favor and pick up their new album!


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