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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fascinating, fantastic, 7 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls (Audio CD)
I bought this album after hearing the (unreleased, sadly) track 'lets f*ck' and 'dead in hollywood'. The murderdolls, as everyone knows, are a glam/goth/humour band with Slipknots drum machine Joey Jordinson as their main feauture and Tripp Elsen of static-x as his six-stringing contempary (sadly, Tripp left after completeing the album). But as has been pointed out time and time again, this is not slipknot unmasked.
The murderdolls are a reasonably unique band, although their elements are not hard to identify (take a pinch of Alice Cooper...stir in some Marilyn Manson....). However what makes them a proper stand-out band is their use of solos, in every song. Solos are something I have a huge weakness for, and although these aren't the best examples in the world, they're still very good, and it shows that the band cares about what they play rather than simply stringing some riffs together (other modern bands, take note). Wednesday 13, previously of Frankenstein Drag Queens from the Planet 13 (and incidentally, some of the Murderdolls songs ARE lifted from the aforementioned band) puts on an excellent vocal performance, suiting the lyrics perfectly whether he puts on a deathly shreik or a low growl, or anything in between. The lyrics themselves range from the provocative to the ludicrous, but always manage to be hilarious (assuming you have a somewhat morbid humour) especially 'people hate me' which satirizes nearly everything metal stands for ('now I'm singing out of key, the god of your TV, and all your children worship me......). Worthy of a mention also is the stomach-turning 'grave robbing USA' which had me in stitches straight from the start.
But enough of the lyrics and more on the music. Aside from the aforementioned solos, the riffing is of the highest quality, sometimes going so far as to recall Metallica at their opus. The bass, although hard to hear (like bass always is) is actually very accomplished, not amazingly technical, but better than some (unnamed) examples. As for the drumming, I feel sorry for anyone drumming in a band with Joey (perhaps the best drummer to get big in the last 5 years) but anazingly, Ben (I think its Ben anyway) manages to do a fantastic job, especially with some short drum intros to certain songs ('love at first fright' being my particular favorite).
The 'dolls were voted best band of the year in a recent magazine poll and it isn't hard to see why, combining crisp production with real musical talent and a bucketload of sick sick humour, this is a band to watch. So much so that it's even possible to forgive the one low point-the dreadfully poor lyrics on 'twist my sister' which would have any self-respecting songwriter gritting their teeth.......
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