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Wednesday 13: Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the DeadTransylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead (2005)
Roadrunner Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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The Murderdolls were a band who, in a short period of time, had earned a hefty amount of hype and respect from both the metal and punk communities. Their major debut Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls was basically a juxtaposition of all the different styles the guys dig. Influences ranged from th.


The Murderdolls were a band who, in a short period of time, had earned a hefty amount of hype and respect from both the metal and punk communities. Their major debut Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls was basically a juxtaposition of all the different styles the guys dig. Influences ranged from the Misfits to Alice Cooper to the Damned to Poison to the Ramones and so on. It was praised as a ground-breaking release by some, and horror-glam cliché by others. I was placed firmly in the middle, as Beyond the Valley, while very listenable, grew more repetitive upon every spin. What cannot be denied however, is that the record was fun.

The Murderdolls were ultimately just a side project, and as the various members (including Joey from Slipknot, ughh), went off to record with their own bands, no followup was made, and lead singer Wednesday 13 was left to collect a new group of musicians to record more material with.

This resulted in Transylvania 90210, and it is exactly what is expected of it. That is, being a horror-themed metal punk album that sounds a lot like the Murderdolls.

The songs are energetic, boppy three-chord rockers with lyrics referencing `50s B culture. Highlights include "The Ghost Of Vincent Price," " I Want You...Dead" and the very catchy 'hit' "I Walked with a Zombie" (the video of this song features highlight moments from George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," which makes we wish the disc was enhanced).

A particular song which I truly cannot stand is "Buried by Christmas." I have two reasons for hating this song. (1) The chorus of "Buried by Christmas [repeated 3x]," is extremely annoying. (2): It has forever tainted the song "Dead by Christmas" by the Murder City Devils as they both have such similar titles and whenever I listen to that particular song I will be reminded of this atrocity.

Very similar to Beyond the Valley, Transylvania 90210 is a recommended listen to anyone who is a fan of this particular style of music, or `50s B horror in general (luckily enough, I fit in with the latter category). I imagine this band would be great live, and that is where their true potential as musicians rests. Don't expect anything as good as Walk Among Us or even Return of the Loving Dead, for if you do, you will be surely disappointed. Just enjoy this album for what it is: a horror-themed metal punk album that sounds a lot like the Murderdolls.

 


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655321 (June 22, 2007)

" I imagine this band would be great live, and that is where their true potential as musicians rests."

I saw this band live and I think all ten people there would agree that the show sucked as much as this album does. Beyond the Valley... was a great album to listen to about 20x, but that was definitley the extent of Wednesday 13's abilities. Not a recommended album.

Best song though is Your Momma Sucks Cock in Hell by FDQFP13!

Anonymous (June 21, 2007)

Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 were way better and more fun than the Murderdolls ever were.

skolarx (June 20, 2007)

i saw these guys live once nad was actually impressed. i had figured given their links to bands i didn't like that they would suck. the record was a bit boring though

Anonymous (June 20, 2007)

Dead by Christmas is by Hanoi Rocks, covered by Murder City Devils, not that Buried by Christmas still doesn't ruin the song. Just thought it should be known that it is a cover.

sitars (June 20, 2007)

So many fucking kids in the UK love the Murderdolls. A few good songs but good lord, they were acting like Wed13 was the fucking messiah.

Anonymous (June 20, 2007)

Transylvania 6 5000>>>Transylvania 90210

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

As a member of the metal community, I am going to say that I have never heard of this band, and furthermore, Poison sucks ass.

misterspike (June 19, 2007)

The disc is catchy as all hell. Wednesday and band are a guaranteed good time if you're able to catch them live. Too bad this wasn't a review of W13's Most Recent album, though ...

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

Who cares ?

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

haha i saw this band open for alice cooper, in short i doubt i will ever listen/watch them ever again

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