Rock 'n' roll is dangerous again, thanks to Murderdolls and Women and Children Last, their sophomore album for Roadrunner Records.
Due out this August, Women and Children Last is a dirty dose of whiskey-soaked riffs, satanically sleazy solos and infectiously invasive choruses. Which means it’s what the Murderdolls do best, but even better (and filthier) this time around.
The undeniable pairing of Slipknot's Joey Jordison [guitar, drums] and Wednesday 13 [vocals, guitar] is more precisely pissed-off than ever before. Joey and Wednesday tear through unforgettable tracks like "My Dark Place Alone,” “Death Valley Superstars,” “Summertime Suicide” and “Drug Me To Hell,” to name a few. Even though Joey's live role in Murderdolls is axe-slinging, his one-of-a-kind drumming fuels the album. Produced by Zeuss [Hatebreed, Shadows Fall] Women and Children Last exists in an evil little place tucked somewhere in a back alley behind the thrash, glam, punk and arena rock super highways, and Murderdolls have arrived to rip pop culture a new one. All you can do is sing along while they haul off your daughter...
Murderdolls began festering within the collective hard rock consciousness in 2002 when they dropped their debut, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. A sensation with fans and critics –Allmusic said “Call it gutter-punk, glam rock, or hair metal, every style is displayed here in its despondent glory”— the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, despite the fact that the band played a mere 15 shows on U.S. soil. A soundtrack appearance soon followed (Freddy Vs Jason). Truly an international sensation, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls achieved Silver status in the U.K., where the band was especially loved: television appearances, magazine covers and sold out shows in 5,000 capacity venues abounded. Burning bright and living up to their out-of-control image, the band toured the world for two years, then took a well-deserved break. Joey returned to the studio and the road for two earth-shattering Slipknot records, Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (2004) and All Hope Is Gone (2008). Meanwhile Wednesday continued to put out solo records independently and to play for his rabid fans all over the globe. While on tour with their respective bands, Joey and Wednesday often fielded the same question from fans: When will the Murderdolls be back?
After Jordison finished an extensive, 18-month world tour with Slipknot in 2009, there was no better time to revive the beast. He and Wednesday began texting back and forth, quoting Raising Arizona and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the pair knew the chemistry remained. They began to plot what would become Women and Children Last and were soon holed up in a Hollywood Hills studio in March 2010, with 25 days to record their second unholy offering. They instantly connected over eight years worth of demos and a flurry of new ideas. It was like no break had ever even occurred.
For Jordison, who is spending the summer of 2010 touring with Rob Zombie, this album is the start of something very important. "I consider Women and Children Last the first Murderdolls record," exclaims the multi-instrumental mastermind. "The music is so much heavier now. Murderdolls haven't lost the fun, crazy vibe, but the topics are smarter. Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls was like a sketch and this is the real painting."
To paint this picture with just the right palette of anger and insidiousness, Wednesday dug deep. He declares, "It's definitely personal. I've been doing campy horror lyrics since I was 15-years-old, and I wanted to expand beyond that. For the new Murderdolls, I wanted to keep the humor and violence intact, but I wanted to show a different side of the band. I'm singing about life this time, instead of Dracula. If you really want to get down to it, we're a sex-drugs-rock-n-roll band more than anything."
"Drug Me To Hell" and "Blood Stained Valentine” feature solos from none other than legendary Mötley Crüe guitarist, Mick Mars. About working with Mars, Jordison states, "He's always been my favorite member of Mötley Crüe. He's just a really classy guy, and his guitar playing is so unique. We sent the songs to him, and he loved them. Before we knew it, he was in the studio tracking. The way he plays—his style—is so different than anyone that I've ever seen. He's like a demonic Jeff Beck." Wednesday elaborates, "Every day around 6 o'clock, we'd have dinner and the Mötley Crüe Behind the Music would be on VH1 Classic. So we had to call Mick for 'Blood Stained Valentine.' It was really cool sitting next to this guy in the studio knowing that he wrote some of my favorite songs that were the soundtrack to most of my life. I've always considered Mick Mars to be one of the true villains of rock 'n' roll like Ozzy and Alice Cooper. I hope one day we're looked at in that same way."
Rock ‘n’ roll’s newest villains are here and they’re called Murderdolls.