Live Review: Murderdolls — The Key Club, Los Angeles
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:47:15
It doesn't really matter that the Lakers won last night, because Murderdolls are back and better than ever.
The real action wasn't downtown at The Staples Center; it was at the packed Key Club in West Hollywood for Murderdolls' second show in six years. Murderdolls fired off one supercharged satanic anthem after another in front of the teeming Key Club.
Kobe Bryant just can't dazzle like Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison [Slipknot]…
Beginning with "The World According to Revenge," the opening track of the band's anxiously awaited second album Women and Children Last, due out this August, there was an eeriness to Murderdolls' entry befitting of all earthshaking arena rock bands.
Make no mistake about it either, Murderdolls were meant for arenas, and they'll be there soon. However, their Key Club show channeled Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson and Slayer's best jaunts, but with a filthy fire and flare all its own. Murderdolls certainly know the legends, but they don't sound like them—which is what rock music needs right now—a band that's schooled but fearless enough to fuck up the status quo.
For new cut "Chapel of Blood," Jordison blasted a blistering riff from his B.C. Rich. The track's groove pulsated with pummeling panache as Wednesday 13 screamed the massive chorus with unbreakable fervor. "Chapel of Blood" completed Murderdolls' sonic spell, and the crowd remained transfixed for the next hour. "Slit My Wrist" and "Twist My Sister" meandered from punchy gutter punk to fist-pumping heavy metal with Jordison flawlessly cranking out each guitar lick with the same precise power that's made him heavy metal's most important drummer.
Women and Children Last's first single "My Dark Place Alone" illuminated just how badass Murderdolls really are. Jordison's snaky riff snapped into a bludgeoning stomp, while Wednesday 13 crooned out an intimately creepy verse. Once the hook hit, Wednesday made sure it possessed the crowd, getting up in their faces and screaming with all his soul.
"Death Valley Superstars" reverberated with the same kind of dirty charm, and then "Summertime Suicide," which the band debuted last night, twisted a '50s style melody into a demented little love letter that only Wednesday 13 could write.
The band dedicated a poignant rendition of "Welcome to the Strange" to Slipknot's Paul Gray and they closed everything out with a bombastic encore of "Dead In Hollywood" and "I Love to Say Fuck."
At one point during "Death Valley Superstars," Wednesday declared, "We're the motherfuckers of the apocalypse!" Last night was their Apocalypse Now, and it's only a matter of time until they've skewered rock 'n' roll from inside out and taken the crown for their own.
Were you there?