Although it would seem that I am in the minority here, I happen to love WEDNESDAY 13. He has always had this fun and rompous vibe that kicks together Punk, ALICE COOPER, and Glam Metal into a hilarious blend of horror inspired musical mayhem. The latest MURDERDOLLS found disappointment in its overly serious tone and reduced kinetic energy, so this latest effort “Calling All Corpses” needed to make up on some lost ground.
The tongue-in-cheek content might return to the forefront thanks to another great round of lyrical content about werewolves, zombies, and various other horror themed ideas, but the general feel of the album is rather…mid-tempo. The groove laden and punchy “I Wanna Be Cremated” and the sing-a-long stomper “We All Die” give out a fun and very 70s Rock N Roll sound, but it lacks a certain spark. The album succeeds at doing this sound with riffs that rock out simplistic fist pumping rhythms, bass that is ably under towed, and drum work that keeps up the pacing and in this sense “Calling All Corpses” delivers the goods.
Too often enough, this fourth solo album finds itself stuck in this mode and rarely irks its way from it. The title track has some of the otherwise missing Punk vibe with its repetitive vocal work over the quicker tempo and “One Knife Stand” contains a rather vibrant lead guitar part to set itself aside. Aside from that, this album simply misses that edge and chaotic Punk/Glam tendencies that made the other albums such a blast to rip out of your speakers.
WEDNESDAY 13 still delivers his snarling vocals and patented style of music on “Calling All Corpses”, but it would seem this time around its just going through the motions. A solid song here and there, but it is not to the quality that’s expected from this entrepreneur. It leaves one craving for more. Not in a good zombie way either.
Songs to check out: “I Wanna Be Cremated”, “We All Die”, “One Knife Stand”.
(Online December 2, 2011)