Wednesday 13 are back with another helping of their distinctive blend of humour horror punk rock shenanigans in the form of ‘The Dixie Dead’, which was released on the 18th February 2013 via DevCo/Cargo.
The album starts with the tantalising ‘Death Arise Intro’ track before we are catapulted in to the foot stomping track ‘Blood Sucker’ that is filled with solid riffs and amusing lyrics, it’s a heavy start to the album, which brings us seamlessly into ‘Get Your Grave On’ which is a very Rob Zombie-esque style track both lyrically and musically. The album then continues onwards in similar style for the next two tracks, ‘Curse The Living’ and ‘Too Fast For Blood’.
‘Hail Ming’, with its pulsing beat and repetitive chanting lyrics will have you singing ‘Hail Ming’ long after you have finished listening to the track! ‘Coming Attractions’ is a narrative track done in the style of a movie trailer for the title track The Dixie Dead more rocky/sludge filled than the start of the album but retaining Wednesday 13 trademark style and sound.
‘Ghost Stories’ is the hard rock ‘ballad’ of the album it fits in perfectly before they up the tempo slightly and we’re dragged into the superb ‘Fuck You (In Memory of…)’ another track with great lyrics which are typical of Wednesday 13 also the track the majority of people can relate to ;) This song will be great live!
‘Carol Anne… They’re Here’ is another fun track that is lyrically based around horror movies. Bringing the album to a close are ‘Hands Of The Ripper’ the lyrics are based about a killer on the loose then we are lead out by ‘Death Arise – Overture’ a perfect close to this album.
The Dixie Dead is packed full with compelling witty shock horror lyrics, chunky riffs, and foot stomping beats. Wednesday’s distinctive pulverant vocals sound fantastic and production is top-notch job as you can clearly hear all the guitars, bass lines, and drums, nothing is drowned out. The Dixie Dead is so quintessential of Wednesday 13; they do their own thing and never follow the latest musical trends.
Rating – 9/10
Death Arise – Intro
Get Your Grave On
Curse The Living
Too Fast For Blood
The Dixie Dead
Fuck You (In Memory of…)
Carol Anne… They’re Here
Hands Of The Ripper
Death Arise – Overture
Catch Wednesday 13 on tour in March 2013
Wed 6th Mar BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Thu 7th Mar BRISTOL Fleece
Fri 8th Mar MANCHESTER Club Academy
Sat 9th Mar NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sun 10th Mar GLASGOW Cathouse
Mon 11th Mar NEWCASTLE Northumbria Uni
Tue 12th Mar WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Wed 13th Mar LONDON Islington Academy