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Album Review: Women and Children Last...And Revenge Was the Main Course by Murderdolls
Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics
PopMatters - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Horror punk is one of the most difficult and specialized subgenres to master. Not only do horror-punk bands have to master the style created by genre progenitors the Misfits, but they also have to find a unique way to stand out from the forefathers. This is why most horror punk bands simply become Misfits cover bands over time, because the subtlety required to achieve this mastery is very rare.
It has been eight years since their last album, but the gruesome twosome are certainly back Their first album in 8 years? Somebody should have woken us, it just seems like yesterday that these creeps were wandering about in the shadows. All your usual horror and metal needs are catered for, although according to Wednesday 13 the lyrics are more personal this time round. Music-wise it spits and bites like a cornered werewolf, with the added treat of having Mick Mars crawl out from his coffin to perform the guitar solos on ‘Drug Me To Hell’ and ‘Blood-Stained Valentine’.
Trash metal? Horror metal? Punk metal? B-movie metal? It's hard to settle on a single description for the Murderdolls. But after hearing their sophomore effort, 2010's Women and Children Last, any of the four aforementioned metallic subgenres would do the trick. It's been quite a layoff since the 'dolls released their full-length debut, 2002's Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, but fans never gave up hope about the possibility of a sophomore effort.