Wednesday 13 - The Dixie DeadIt’s a good start to the year if you’re into your spooky horror punk and metal, what with an electrifying live album from the legendary Misfits just been released and what’s looking to be something of a career-high for Rob Zombie being released in a few weeks, but sandwiched in between those two bastions of shock rock lies the new album from one Joseph Poole, a.k.a. Wednesday 13.

Not too sure exactly what it is but there’s always been something about Wednesday 13’s music that sounds a little put together by committee, in that all the ingredients are there but it doesn’t all quite gel together to make what should be a cohesive finished article. You can’t deny Wednesday’s love for what he does, as he’s been doing it for over twenty years now in various different guises, but ultimately there’s nothing here that he hasn’t done before or won’t go on to do again in the future.

Well, not quite nothing as the southern-fried title track is something of a standout – admittedly not hard considering the immature insult-slinging of ‘Fuck You (In Memory of…)’, the bland repetition of ‘Hail Ming’ and the plodding ‘Ghost Stories’ surround it – and shows that Wednesday can add, amongst other things, his Mötley Crüe influences without resorting to childish clichés. ‘Get Your Grave On’ also throws some chugging groove into the mix and is easy to pick out amongst the myriad of ‘whoa-whoa’ choruses and generic horror punk riffs, but two great tracks don’t make a great album and “The Dixie Dead”, with all the goodwill in the world, isn’t a great album, more of a passable one if you’re a die-hard fan.

Wednesday 13 2013 Tour Dates:

Wed 6th Mar – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Thu 7th Mar – BRISTOL Fleece
Fri 8th Mar – MANCHESTER Club Academy
Sat 9th Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sun 10th Mar – GLASGOW Cathouse
Mon 11th Mar – NEWCASTLE Northumbria Uni
Tue 12th Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Wed 13th Mar – LONDON Islington Academy

Wednesday 13 – Official Website