So, here we find ourselves in 2013 and with another Wednesday 13 album entitled “The Dixie Dead.” Over the last decade or so, Wednesday 13 is well known for being very active with his solo albums and EPs and his two Murderdolls albums with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. As far as I am concerned, I enjoy most of his music sans the earlier stuff from Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 and his more recent work with Bourbon Crow and Gunfire 76.
As far as the stuff under his own moniker goes, I have enjoyed most of the Wednesday 13 work. 2011’s “Calling All Corpses” was his low point to me and it made me wonder if he was done. The second Murderdolls album was nowhere near the quality of their debut effort. “Calling All Corpses” was nowhere near his early works like “Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead,” “Fang Bang” and “Skeletons.”
After hearing “The Dixie Dead,” it seems like a mix of “Calling All Corpses” and his older work. There are a bunch of fillers here, but there are some seriously rocking songs. Some of the standouts are “Get Your Grave On” with its sweet grooves and nice riffwork. The title track, “The Dixie Dead” mixes in some nice slide guitar work along with some heavy riffs. All in all, Wednesday 13’s vocals are as good as ever and he has a way of writing catchy songs with catchy choruses. That part has never changed, but some of the silly lyrics can grow tiresome after a while. This can be said about most bands in the horror punk or horror metal genre. Bands of this ilk are an acquired taste and I acquired that taste a while back with Wednesday 13.
Overall, “The Dixie Dead” still rocks and I know that I will get a ton of listens out of it. Long live Wednesday 13.