1) The Fall Of All
2) Keep Watching The Skies
3) Astro Psycho Galactic Blood Drive
4) Come Out And Plague
5) I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed
6) Bloodline 666
7) Serpent Society
8) Bombs, Guns & Gods – This Is A War
9) Planet Eater – Interstellar 187
10) I Love Watching You Die
11) Into The Crop Circle
12) Over Your Dead Body
13) The Arrival
14) Monsters Of The Universe
I feel that the impact that Wednesday 13 has had on the horror music genre can’t be stated enough. Throughout his stints with Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, Murderdolls and his solo projects, Wednesday is arguably second to only The Misfits in terms of having mainstream success within the horrorpunk or horror rock genres. For many people, myself included, Wednesday 13 is the gateway into the scene. It’s been 10 years since the man branched off on his own, and 2015 kicks off with his first concept album, entitled Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague. Basing the concept of the album around the idea of UFOs and the idea that we aren’t alone in the universe, it’s certainly an intriguing step for the man this far into his career. So how does the first studio album since 2013’s The Dixie Dead pan out?
First of all, one of the things that immediately separates the album from Wednesday‘s other work is the use of both the intro track and several interlude tracks littered throughout the album. The Fall Of All, Bloodline 666 and The Arrival are all musical interludes which help separate the different portions of the album, immediately giving it a different feel than past albums. Keep Watching The Skies was the first single released from the album, and is very classic Wednesday 13. Hard-hitting, fast and anchored by the man’s vocal stylings that are all his own, it’s a perfect track to help ease the listener into the album given that there is some differences with this album compared to past albums. Skies would easily have fit in on any of his past albums, whether it be 2006’s Fang Bang or the previously mentioned The Dixie Dead.
Astro Psycho Galactic Blood Drive (try saying that three times really fast) continues along the same lines before we get one of two title tracks (I honestly can’t think of any other album where I could say that) Come Out And Plague. Obviously a play on the famous saying from The Warriors, Come Out And Plague is another classic Wednesday 13 track, a perfect type of track to have blasting at a party. I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed is one of the strongest tracks on the album, and upon first listen was actually my pick for strongest track on the album. You really can’t expect anything less from a track serving as an ode to arguably the greatest sci-fi horror action movie of all-time, 1987’s Predator.
Serpent Society is where the album begins to branch out and we feel the experimentation with his signature sound. It’s not so far out there that you forget who you are listening to, but after 10 years of a locked-in style, it is certainly an interesting move. Bombs, Guns & Gods – This Is A War returns to the more traditional Wednesday 13 sound, as does Planet Eater – Interstellar 187.
I Love Watching You Die is another step outside of the box for the band. There is something about the song that reminds me of a very-80s sound, although I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly it is. What I can say is that the song is far and away my favorite track on the album. Over my repeated listens to the album, it is always the song that I find myself playing back over and over again. It’s almost ballad feel is a different step for Wednesday, but unlike past ballad-style tracks (such as Curse Of Me or Haunt Me) it also has a heavier feel to it, without being a heavy track.
Into The Crop Circle is an intriguing track, as it retains some of what made I Love Watching You Die stand out while also beginning to move back to the band’s regular soundscape. Over Your Dead Body contends for heaviest track on the album, before we get a final interlude and then the other title track, Monsters Of The Universe. The track closes the album by fully embracing what brought the band to the table, ending the album on a high note.
With Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague, Wednesday 13 shows that after nearly two decades in the music business, he still knows how to make a kick-ass album, and one could argue that this is his best solo album since 2006’s Fang Bang, but at this point it is too early to tell. What is for sure though, is that 2015 has been kicked off with a bang, and this is certainly going to be a difficult album to top this year, and we aren’t even one month into the year!
Be sure to head over to Wednesday 13‘s Official Website for all the latest tour news and to grab yourself a copy of Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague!
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