Album review

Murderdolls :
Beyond The Valley
Of The Murderdolls


Murderdolls : Beyond The Valley Of The MurderdollsReading the track listing of Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls - containing such gems as Love At First Fright and Dawn Of The Dead - you might jump to the conclusion that this Romero and Meyer obsessed outfit are going to sound like White Zombie; especially when you find out that Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Static-X's Tripp Eisen are involved. Well, you'd be wrong . . . dead wrong. Mwaa ha ha!
    If you like you your music serious and sensible then stop reading here. If the idea of a bunch of Misfits wannabees brought up on Skid Row, Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe appeals to you then by all means pull up a chair, and close the door behind you . . .

Slit My Wrist is an awesome lead track. From vocalist Wednesday 13's opening Seb Bach-esque "One two, fuck you" to the whispered hook, "Murder, murder, yes indeed. K-I-L-L-I-N-G" there's no doubt where Murderdolls are coming from - a very macabre place indeed.
    Twist My Sister acknowledges an obvious influence, Dead In Hollywood has Faster Pussycat backing vocals and Love At First Fright sounds for all the world like Alice Cooper singing a Pretty Boy Floyd song. It's a lot to take in, but Murderdolls are Marilyn Manson with no agenda and a huge injection of fun.
     "She was a teenage zombie, she was a teenage corpse. She was a teenage zombie, drop dead gorgeous that's for sure." - She Was A Teenage Zombie. You getting the idea yet? ". . . and I'm digging up the dead today, cos I'm a, grave robbing U.S.A." - Grave Robbing U.S.A. Stunning. Very, very silly. Hugely entertaining.

Bubblegum stomp, snarled lead vox and gang backing vocals. It ain't deep, but I'd forgotten how much fun this sort of music can be. Jordison, Eisen and Mr 13 obviously haven't. Murderdolls are touring the UK in September. Missing out would be a grave mistake.

:: Rowan Shaeffer

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