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As a big fan of the first album by Wednesday 13 and a slightly smaller fan of the second album, I expected great things from Skeletons. Unfortunately I feel let down and disappointed with this release. Here's why:
The riffs are simplistic , generic, boring and generally uninspired. If you're at all familiar with the band you'll realise that you've heard every riff before but it's not as good this time around. The solos are shocking and not in a good way, the occasional generic squeal from the guitarist is not welcome in any of the songs. The lead guitar work screams 'My first heavy rock solo'. Play it fast and they'll never tell that it's rubbish. The drums don't stand out in any way shape or form, but then again they never have so that's not a problem. Come to think of it I'm sure the poor guitar work is down to the absence of Acey Slade on this album. I beg you to come back Acey!!
For Wednesday 13 is all about the lyrical content. It's usually funny, wacky and filled with horror/pop culture references. I say usually because this time old Wednesday has decided to experiment and talk about his personal issues. Unoriginal depressing lyrics are rife on this album, don't expect to want to sing along. Not that it wouldn't be easy to sing along because every chorus of every song is just the song title repeated over and over again (pretty much). The best song on the album is 'Gimme Gimme Bloodshed' and it does exactly what I just mentioned. This is ok the first time but EVERY SONG?! Even the ballad track 'My Demise' spouts the lyrics 'and the crowd goes wild for my demise' over and over and over again. I really hope he's got everything out of his system with this album and goes back to the good old days for the next release. Ugh just had another listen and was subjected to the awful cringefest that is 'with friends like these' of which the chorus is 'with friends like these who needs enemies?' ... not heard that one before Wednesday, nice.
The production is decent on this album as it always has been. I think it now sounds a little more punky this time around with a deliberate 'recorded in a garage' sound to it. The album cover however fails to impress with the cliché face shot of Wednesday 13 with a blue/grey overlay to make him look creepy. It really does foreshadow the huge cliché that is this album.
All in all I cannot recommend this album to anyone out there even die hard fans such as myself will be disappointed with this release. If you were to do a side by side comparison between this and 'Transylvania: 90210' you would want to burn all copies of 'Skeletons' and deny it ever existed George Orwell style. I may just edit Wikipedia and take this album off the discography :P Go and buy the other two albums particularly the first one and ignore this hideous mess!
'Skeletons' is the third full length studio album from Wednesday 13 as an independent recording artist, a man best known for his vocal contribution in the music of Murderdolls. This album is a lot more personal than the first two Wednesday 13 albums ever were, the lyrics delve into the subject of his almost life ending depression and the music is all here greatly effective. The vocals are fiercely sung, the guitars come across strongly, and the drums provide the perfect back beat here. The music is well put across and always the horror punk sound of Wednesday 13 comes through fantastically well.
Whilst 'Skeletons' is most definitely a more personal album than the first two, not all of the tracks present here deal with the personal life of Wednesday 13 and in most cases the standard lyrical subjects are here covered that we have come to expect. The lyrics are sometimes dark, but often this is just a fun horror punk album from Wednesday 13; a greatly energetic display of aural excellence. Horror runs through the very heart of this album, always the music is massively exciting and not once does the sound of Wednesday 13 disappoint. It's personal in part and it is this about the 'Skeletons' album that makes it so strong to listen to, the lyrics are poignant and the way they are sung by Wednesday 13 is highly passionate. As you listen to this album there will be times when you feel that you enter deep into the troubled mind of Wednesday 13, the lyrics are so strong and always they are impressively well written.
Tracks such as 'All American Massacre', 'Not Another Teenage Anthem', and 'Put Your Death Mask On' from this album all impress hugely. The music is just so powerful, the guitar riffs are huge and the vocals truly are exceptional. Wednesday 13 is a highly talented vocalist I feel, always on this album the music impresses massively and not once does the voice of this man disappoint in the slightest. Such passion is contained within this vocal display, never does the energy here diminish and always in fact the vocal performance borders upon perfection. The way the chorus rings through on 'All American Massacre' is supremely striking, the vocals are extremely hard hitting and when listening to this track I personally feel a stunning sensation of utmost enjoyment. All the way through this album in fact I enjoy the music greatly and not once does the sound of Wednesday 13 fail to impress me. From start to finish this 'Skeletons' album is an admirable effort from Wednesday 13; the lyrics are hugely effective and musically it is excellent also.
Instrumentally I feel that there is a lot to take from this album, particularly from the guitar work that is shown here. Always the guitar riffs soar and conquer, on title track 'Skeletons' in particular the guitar work is here truly exquisite. Everything about this one is excellent in fact, all elements of the music are spot on and lyrically this track has plenty to offer. I feel that with this album Wednesday 13 has really recorded his best work to date, the personal experiences that are written into the lyrics really make this 'Skeletons' album stand out as sensational. A lot has happened in the life of Wednesday 13, he uses it all to his advantage here however in order to produce the album of a lifetime; an extremely personal and highly interesting display of horror punk supremacy.
Horror punk does not always work, the genre was defined by the magnificent band The Misfits but often when bands try this sound it just isn't pulled off quite right. With 'Skeletons' I feel that Wednesday 13 does the genre proud and has here produced a truly brilliant album. Eleven tracks are featured here and from start to finish the album is absolutely flawless. I love each and every one of these tracks, the lyrics really mean something and to listen to this album you can really tell that Wednesday 13 has put his whole heart into this release. The music alone is enough to make this album stand out strikingly, the lyrics add such heightened depth however and help hugely in the process of making this 'Skeletons' album the phenomenal display of horror punk that it is.
Label: Demolition Records
Release Date: 12th May 2008
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com