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MURDERDOLLS – Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls

Murderdolls – Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls (2002, Roadrunner Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Slit My Wrist” … 3:50
2. “Twist My Sister” … 2:06
3. “Dead in Hollywood” … 2:30
4. “Love at First Fright” … 3:07
5. “People Hate Me” … 4:49
6. “She Was a Teenage Zombie” … 3:02
7. “Die My Bride” … 3:14
8. “Graverobbing U.S.A” … 3:21
9. “197666” … 2:19
10. “Dawn of the Dead” … 3:43
11. “Let’s Go to War” … 3:23
12. “Dressed to Depress” … 2:13
13. “Kill Miss America” … 2:27
14. “B-Movie Scream Queen” … 3:49
15. “Motherfucker I Don’t Care” … 2:55

Wednesday 13 – Lead Vocals, Bass
Tripp Eisen – Guitar
Joey Jordison – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Backing Vocals

Produced by: Matt Sepanic & Joey Jordison

Take the Misfits, KISS, Alice Cooper and a bit of Rob Zombie and the Murderdolls are what you get: a horror punk outfit with a campy B-movie sense of humor and some glam influences. The band initially was a combination of members from Slipknot (Jordison), Static-X (Eisen) and Wednesday 13 who had previously sung for another horror punk band called Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13. Eisen left not too long after recording and in came Eric Griffin (bass), Acey Slade (guitar) and Ben Graves (drums) to complete the band.

I think it was one of my friends up in Virginia who suggested this album to me, but I remember one of the local rock stations giving this album some hype as well thanks to the Slipknot connection. As I’ve stated before, punk isn’t a favorite of mine, but like the Misfits, this band pulls in enough humor & B-horror movie lyrics to hold my interest.

The music is good, but the real interesting part is the lyrics. The zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, Twisted Sister and even Dee Snider’s Strangeland horror film all get mentions.

The band was only active for two years before Jordison heard the call of Slipknot once more, though Jordison & Wednesday both claim the Murderdolls will walk the earth again some day.

Highlights: “Slit My Wrists”, “Twist My Sister”, “Love at First Fright”, “Die My Bride”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “B-Movie Scream Queen”

MISFITS – Famous Monsters

Misfits – Famous Monsters (1999, Roadrunner Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Kong at the Gates” … 1:22
2. “The Forbidden Zone” … 2:23
3. “Lost in Space” … 2:27
4. “Dust to Dust” … 2:43
5. “Crawling Eye” … 2:22
6. “Witch Hunt” … 1:31
7. “Scream!” … 2:33
8. “Saturday Night” … 3:28
9. “Pumpkin Head” … 2:16
10. “Scarecrow Man” … 3:10
11. “Die Monster Die” … 2:00
12. “Living Hell” … 2:54
13. “Descending Angel” … 3:46
14. “Them” … 2:43
15. “Fiend Club” … 2:52
16. “Hunting Humans” … 2:06
17. “Helena” … 3:20
18. “Kong Unleashed” … 0:47

Michale Graves – Vocals
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – Guitar
Jerry Only – Bass
Dr. Chud – Drums

Produced by: Daniel Rey & Misfits

Before the Misfits, I didn’t really care much about punk music (I guess I still really don’t, this band seems to be the exception). BUT… I was a huge wrestling fan and they became involved with WCW and a wrestler called Vampiro (who used their “Kong at the Gates” song as his entrance music). Couple that with the fact that a freshmen girl I had an art class with was a huge fan of punk & the Misfits… Well, destiny was calling out for me to get this recently released album.

It’s not too bad, not a favorite album of mine and while I’ve gone back and gotten some of their earlier works, I wouldn’t call the Misfits a favorite of mine, though I do think they have some really great songs here and there.

This album is quite a departure from the Glenn Danzig version of the band. Sure, the punk rock is definitely still there and so is the campiness of it all, but the danger and excitement is gone. In it’s place we get 50s doo wop & rockabilly meets punk rock, which works quite well on a song like “Saturday Night”, which is about as close as a ballad you’ll get from this band.

Props to the band for giving a nod to the great Pumpkin Head movie in, what else, “Pumpkin Head”.

Highlights: “Kong at the Gates”, “The Forbidden Zone”, “Dust to Dust”, “Saturday Night”, “Pumpkin Head”, “Helena”

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