Condolences - Wednesday 13

Artist: Wednesday 13

Album: Condolences

Genre: Horror Metal

Review by Zachary Quinn

Wait what's that hiding under your bed!? Is it Mike Myers or your scary Uncle Fred?

Oh It's Wednesday 13 and his band of Ghouls with there latest album to date Condolences.

For those who don't know Wednesday 13 fronted the Murderdolls, a horror punk band formed by Joey Jordison of Slipknot. After the Murderdolls went on hiatus in 2004 he began performing under the Wednesday 13 name and seven albums later, here we are.

Condolences, as the title suggests, deals with the theme of death as it is weaved throughout the entire album. On some tracks like "Cadaverous" in a tongue in cheek way, on other tracks like "Death Infinity" it is used in a more metaphoric way.

Condolences begins with a creepy instrumental, then kicking into "What The Night Brings." This is a seriously catchy song which will have you singing along the first time you hear it and the chorus will burn itself into your skull.

The first three songs are all very contagious, full of groovy hooks, killer riffs and spooky effects. All of these elements are trademark Wednesday 13 - they're familiar but not boring or cheap, Wednesday brings his usual raspy pipes and all the instruments work well together, all having their own moments to shine through.

Once we reach the title track we are greeted with a gentle piano part followed by heavy guitar work that sends us plummeting down into an open grave, The song showcases some fine guitar playing from Roman Surman who rips out a slick solo, then returning to heavy riffs and chant like vocals, closing with the gentle piano tones leading into the final track 'Death Infinity'.

Before hearing 'Condolences' I was skeptical. Being a long time fan of Wednesday 13 I wasn't sure if I could find anything new and exciting here but I was wrong. The killer guitar riffs and groove throughout the album is infectious and I found myself singing "What The Night Brings" Weeks after my first listen.

The theme death isn't exactly a fresh theme for Wednesday 13 but I feel it is used in a new way this time around where the two final tracks show a more reflective and beautiful side of Death. I can safely say I didn't find that in Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.

It isn't all serious with Condolences though. This is a head banging, foot tapping and hip swinging sick record.

Stand out tracks: 'Blood Sick' 'Cadverous' 'Condolences'

8 out of 10 stars.

Condolences is out now via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the video for 'Condolences' below

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