In support of the brand new album Condolences, Wednesday 13 is set to head back over to the UK in October for a string of dates. Tickets on-sale at 10am on Friday 16th June from usual vendors and Livenation. Pick up physical copies of the album at Nuclear Blast.
“We can’t wait to return to the UK again this October just in time for Halloween. The past few years we’ve been doing two nights in London on Halloween to celebrate the anniversary of past releases. This year, I wanted to change it up, and do 3 bigger shows in three different places. These will be the ultimate Halloween Wednesday 13 shows, so expect the unexpected!”
20 years ago, a quirky little band named Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 was birthed, fronted by horror and shock rock aficionado Wednesday 13. As purveyors of sandpaper-throated horror rock ‘n roll, they developed a cult like following and several sleazy releases later, caught the eye of one Joey Jordinson of Slipknot. In a shared vision between between Jordinson and 13 the group morphed into platinum selling ghoul group The Murderdolls. Fast forward some 15 plus years and our man Wednesday 13 is cranking out spooky tunes at an extremely prolific rate, bringing us to his latest (trick or) treat, Condolences.
Kicking off the record is undoubtedly it’s strongest cut – What The Night Brings. Like the majority of the record, it rips and roars with machine gun guitars, spooky keys and gutter-trash vocals, serving up a devilish slice of ghoulish rock. Speaking prior to the albums release, 13 announced “The punk rock vibe has left the building and it’s become a full-on metal vibe” which is certainly apparent when listening to the bruising metalcore of You Breathe, I Kill and the thuggish grooves of Prey For Me.
Previous releases saw high octane punk rock combined with Wednesday’s beloved shock rock – giving songs a buzz that matched his b-movie themed snarls. Here, the emphasis on slickly produced stock metal riffs and pitch black lyrical content can at times feel tiresome, leaving the record a little empty. For fans still looking for the full speed ahead vibe of old though, Lonesome Road To Hell comes complete with a monstrous chorus, while Cruel To You injects a little Motley Crue glam into the proceedings.
Wednesday 13 remains a troubadour for a bygone age of rock – A fiend who may not have the mainstream spotlight he once held, but whose frequent and consistent output hopes to place him alongside such greats as Alice Cooper and The Misfits someday soon. On Condolences, he shifts gears slightly, beefing up the sound and darkening the tone a little – but for fans who have followed Mr 13 this far, there is nothing on his seventh solo release that will scare them off. That is….unless you want him to…
It’s time to get your goth on with WEDNESDAY 13 as they have unveiled a brand new video for ‘Blood Sick‘, the next track to be taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Condolences‘. You can check out the creepy new track below!
A big congratulations to Wednesday 13 who have just signed to Nuclear Blast Records ahead of their UK acoustic tour. Speaking on the signing, he stated “We’re so excited to finally announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment! It’s an honour for us to be on the roster among so many other great bands and friends. Thanks to Nuclear Blast for giving us the opportunity and our fans for your undying support. We’re looking forward to many more years of this with all of you.”
Check out the dates below for the UK acoustic tour as well as something to listen to from them.
Wed 22nd Feb – NEWCASTLE University
Thu 23rd Feb – GLASGOW Cathouse
Fri 24th Feb – LEEDS Key Club
Sat 25th Feb – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Sun 26th Feb – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
Tue 28th Feb – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary
Wed 1st Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Thu 2nd Mar – BRISTOL Thekla
Fri 3rd Mar – SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
Sat 4th Mar – LONDON Underworld