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Wednesday 13
March of the Damned Tour
The Park, Peterborough
Friday, March 20th, 2009

Review by Cardinal Cox


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Wednesday 13 (the band) played Peterborough on the first night of a fifteen venue tour of the UK, straight after a six day tour of Japan. The first of the support acts in Peterborough were LA band The Chelsea Smiles, who came across as rather early-’Eighties British metal NWOBHM in style. When we chatted to one of the guitarists in the interval, he admitted that one of his favourite gigs he’d been to was Iron Maiden supported by Saxon. They were followed by Glamour of the Kill and they felt strangely pop-punk/black metal cross over. Up-beat melodies and the occasional gruff shouty bit.

The main act was American horror punk band Wednesday 13. The horror punk sub-genre was largely inspired by New York band The Misfits with a punk sound with a decayed glam look and lyrics about zombies and serial killers. Yes, I know that there is probably more to it than that, but I wanted to sum it up quickly. Wednesday 13 is lead by vocals/guitarist of the same name. Previously he has played with Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, who released five albums. That band was followed by Murderdolls (co-founded with a member of Slipknot) that released one album. With the current band he has released three albums. He also has a country band Bourbon Crow.

The show was intense with no gaps for introductions between the first three songs. Songs included Home Sweet Homicide, Faith in the Devil and Walk with a Zombie. The encore was the charmingly titled I Love to Say F**k. The audience loved it. Clearly this musical sub-genre takes some inspiration from the films of George A Romero such as Dawn of the Dead and my problem with horror punk is that it has a wobbly identification with the zombies. In some songs zombies are the mass of humanity we have to free ourselves from, in other songs we are the zombies attempting to eat the brains of straight-laced suburbia. Perhaps this is just me.


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