- Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
- Parental Advisory ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Roadrunner Records
- ASIN: B003GE69KM
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
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Women And Children Last
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Special Edition contains 3 bonus tracks and a DVD with a 20-minute concert (6 songs), recorded at the Key Club in LA.
Over 8 years have passed since the Murderdolls released their debut. Now they are back and more ruthless than ever. Lead by Slipknot's drummer Joey Jordison and singer Wednesday 13, Murderdolls have brought another hard hitting album. The first single 'My Dark Place Alone' will appeal to Slipknot fans as well hard rock fans. Rock 'n' roll is dangerous again, thanks to Murderdolls and 'Women And Children Last.' The undeniable pairing of Slipknot's Joey Jordison [guitar, drums] and Wednesday 13 [vocals] is more precisely ticked-off than ever before. '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...
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Songs like the very, insanely catchy "Summertime Suicide" are very catchy (in a dirty, sleazy kind of way), thus proving the Murderdolls case for being one of the top contenders of the "Motley Crue of the new millennium" prize, as do "Drug Me To Hell" (a hooky chugger) and "Blood Stained Valentine," as both of these two tracks feature guest guitar work from the Crue axeman Mick Mars. (The latter of these two is also further highlighted by a catchy, chanted vocal refrain -- "Hey! Hey!" -- and really memorable chorus.) With that said, though, it is actually "Chapel Of Blood," from its propulsive drum intro to its crunchy, chugging riffs, and ripping, wah pedal/whammy bar-drenched solo, that serves as a very possible album highlight, as does the grinding "My Dark Prince Alone."
Elsewhere, the deftly galloping beat and fist-pumpable choruses behind "Bored Til Death" make it a potentially great hit single, as does "Nowhere," which is laden-with a cataclysmic guitar solo, and some looming, haunting, haunted-house-esque backing sound effects. If nothing else, these two songs are at least two feverishly catchy tunes. "Death Valley Superstars," with its pounding, bottom-heavy rhythms, heavy, thundering power chords and totally air-guitar-able solo, is another standout, as is the "wah-wah"-obsessed "Homicide Drive," and "Nothing's Gonna Be Alright," which flirts with an abnormally sizeable amount of melody. The final two noteworthy cuts are "Rock `N' Roll Is All I Got" and the closing "Hello. Goodbye. Die.", both of which play like Ministry-meets-Motorhead-esque rawkers, and are both filled with catchy staccato hooks, dirty, grumbling bass, speed-punk-like drum beats, and truly anthemic choruses.
But before you start to think that I am a total fanboy or something, let me digress a little. "Women And Children Last" is far from being a mind-blowing affair, and if you are looking for an intelligent, thought-provoking hard rock album that gets better with repeat listens, you might as well not even touch "W&CL." Furthermore, any fan of Static-X, Rob/White Zombie, Alice Cooper, Powerman 5000, and Marilyn Manson has heard all of this at least once before. But even if it is not exactly an earth-shattering or life-altering effort, it is a very decent one through and through, and one that makes for a very enjoyable listening session.
The angry and creative teenage Wednesay 13 that wrote those hits and then given a proper studio with talent like Joey Jordison to make the songs come to life far better than Frankenstein Drag Queens was no more when making this new album. But lets cut them some slack...after all, Frankenstein Drag Queens put out about 5 albums, and the first Murderdolls record was practically a best of. (None of us knew this at the time...we just heard Murderdolls in 2003 and it blew us away. Those of us that were SO blown away that we NEEDED more, did the research, investigated Wednesday 13, and got his earlier work, as well as his solo music)
Women and Children Last, on the other hand, was written semi quickly. I know they say they wrote it over the years...that is just to sell the idea that this is some masterpiece. It isn't. If the songs HAD been the product of 8 years of secretly writing in some dungeon, sending tracks back and forth via internet, cutting the fat, and getting the BEST of 8 years of hard work, then this album may have been much better.
But, if you've read this far, you probably think I hate this album. I do not. I actually like it quite a bit. I just don't LOVE it. It was still 10x better then anything any other band did. If I had never heard any other Murderdolls or Wednesday 13 music, and just randomly found this, it might be one of my favorite albums...
Basically what I am saying is that it is a really really good album...just not up to par with what Murderdolls was supposed to be. And the problem is obvious-
Too heavy. The Murderdolls just disregarded what they did in the past and made a heavy record. This album should have been put out under a different band name. NOT Murderdolls. Murderdolls originally was a fast, in your face, catchy horror band that somehow perfectly mixed the styles of Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, Misfits, Twisted Sister, with a Sex Pistols attitude. It was heavy, but it wasn't metal. It was just really fast, great crazy lyrics, and somehow really fun and catchy. It was very tongue-and-cheek. It was a horror movie fans wet dream. It was immature and proud of it. It was evil, dark, and just awesome.
These lyrics sound rushed. I imagine Wednesday and Joey sitting in the studio and Wednesday trying to come up with 15 songs practically on the spot...they only had a month or so to record. I've been in studio's and know how long it takes. Some lyrics are clever and cool. But most are forgetable. As I said, the music was WAYt too heavy to be called Murderdolls. It was good, but it's like they just gave up the horror/punk/glam roots and just tried to capture the Slipknot audience. Different audience! Different band!
I wish they would have went back and recorded another album in 2004. They were headed in the right direction. Live, they were trying out other songs (albeit more Drag Queen covers), but if they would have done another record then...more old Drag Queen Material, (as hardly anyone knew the Drag Queens back then), maybe a few new songs with that young, angry youthful spirit, and basically in the same style as Beyond The Valley, but maybe with a few experimental tracks...testing the waters of a heavier direction if that is where they wanted to go...slowly but surely...that would have been amazing!
Instead, they didn't test the waters. They just cannon balled right into a metal album with lyrics that were not as good as the first lp.
If you love Wednesday 13's work, you should buy it.
It's a really really good record! But it doesn't have that fun, nasty, horror movie feel of the original. And that is why I became hooked in the first place.
Only a couple songs have the same sort of "punkish" vibe, but lyrically they are not there and they are not close to being the best tracks from this disc. They sort of gave up the horror shtick with this one. Oh well. It's still rockin'. But nothing compared to the first. Or ANY of Wednesday 13's solo albums for that matter. Transylvania 90210 or Fang Bang basically is a more fitting follow up to Beyond The Valley. Please check those out if you have not heard them!