Wednesday 13: The Dixie Dead

Horrorpunk hero digs out his dirty side

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Having made a splash with Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, Wednesday 13 hit the jackpot when he teamed up with Slipknot’s Joey Jordison for Murderdolls. But when they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2004, Wednesday forged ahead with his own band and made four albums of tongue-in-cheek odes to necrolust.

We know what to expect from the horrorpunks on their fifth studio album – they dabble in a witch’s brew of Ramones and White Zombie, and draw on the theatrical elements of Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe and Twisted Sister. But The Dixie Dead offers something a little different from the punk-rock tunes that get their fans bouncing.

Maybe it’s connected with Wednesday’s involvement with outlaw country side project Bourbon Crow but there’s a real sound of the South here. Instead of Andrew WK-style party riffs, we get dirtier and heavier chugs that we’ve heard from Pantera and BLS. But before you go crying to your grave, the W13 essence is kept – it’s just got gristlier.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.