Guess who’s back? That’s right boys and girls just when you thought it was safe to go back to your local record store, The Murderdolls have returned and truth be told, they don’t like you very much.
Exploding onto the scene amidst a cloud of makeup, blood and camp songs, Murderdolls appeared to be a breath of dead air amongst the frat-boy posturing of the nu metal genre. Murderdolls début album Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls was a love letter to the trashy music of the 70’s and 80’s as well as to B-movie cinema. Basically Alice Cooper for the ADHD generation.
8 years have passed since and now the band is back, but this time it’s serious, or so they say. Women and Children Last starts with the spoken word introduction of ‘The World According To Revenge’ before exploding into ‘Chapel of Blood’ with its stomping drums and church bells. It’s a great way to kick off the album with Wednesday 13 screaming ‘You got blood? We’ll take it!!’ So far so good.
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continues down the themes of revenge and blood throughout whilst even touching upon suicide in the deceptively upbeat ‘Summertime Suicide.’ The thing that is most noticeable about Women and Children Last is that some of the songs aren’t as immediate as they were on the first album, although clearly the song-writing is better this time around.
The band themselves have also tightened up their sound and made it heavier. Wednesday 13 still sounds annoyingly like an Alice Cooper tribute singer in places and in fairness, his vocals are the only thing that really bugs me about Women and Children Last as they do tend to grate after a while.
Women and Children last is far from the perfect album, but then Murderdolls are far from the perfect band. Any long time fans of the band may be disappointed that Murderdolls have changed their lyrical direction, but in doing so they have risen above the tag of a novelty act and can rest safe in the knowledge that their songs actually may mean something to someone now.
Overall, Women and Children Last serves as a surprise to me as, when Murderdolls stated their reformation I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and was struggling to be excited. But, one listen to Women and Children Last and I’d kind of forgotten that they had ever been away, which turned out to be one of the more welcome returns in music today (for me at least). Murderdolls aren’t reinventing the wheel but for now at least they have managed to put a new tyre on it.