WEDNESDAY 13 announces new studio album ‘Horrifier’ and unleashes first single.
Heavy horror punk icon WEDNESDAY 13 has slithered his way to the top of the horrendous heights of rock, punk and metal with his electrifying solo music and as frontman of renowned horror punk supergroup MURDERDOLLS, amassing a colossal cult-following along the way. On October 7, 2022, the undisputed harbinger of metal horror returns, following up on 2019’s acclaimed “Necrophaze” with “Horrifier”, a brand new slathering of 11 terrifyingly grim and groovy anthems to get blood pumping and brains melting.
Showcasing a blend of styles plucked from his solo band’s 20-year career, “Horrifier” weaves an underlying sonic thread reminiscent of WEDNESDAY 13‘s roots — a raucous blend of ballistic metal and macabre heavy rock that’ll have new and diehard fans alike ascending from the depths. As always, various tracks on the album are inspired by classic horror flicks, this time circling cult-favorite slasher John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and the iconic “Christine” supernatural thrillers.
Today, get a first listen to “Horrifier” with the album’s lead single, “You’re So Hideous“, out now and accompanied by an “Exorcist“-inspired official music video. The track stuns with danceable ’90s sonic flavor, a sing-along chorus and an unforgettable lead riff that is sure to be heard at venues this fall.
Wednesday 13 comments: “‘You’re So Hideous’ is such a catchy track and it’s one of the very first ones I wrote for the album. Lyrically, it’s a modern-day Medusa story… Beware the stare into her eyes. The music video was, of course, inspired by the ‘Exorcist’ film and was a lot of fun recreating that.”
WEDNESDAY 13‘s ninth full-length album kicks off with eerie introductory track “Severed” before careening into one of the band’s heaviest songs ever recorded, the massive, slow and low “Insides Out“, accented by hair-raising guitar leads and slithering vocals. The aggressive, industrial-edged “Exhume And Devour” and “You’re So Hideous” pick up the pace with danceable ’90s sonic vigor, while surefire hit “Good Day To Be A Bad Guy” aces the pure horror punk spirit of MURDERDOLLS as a downright blissful tongue-in-cheek earworm that’ll seep into the listener’s head on repeat. John Carpenter’s “Halloween“-inspired anthem “Return To Haddonfield” convinces with marching gang vocals and a searing metallic guitar solo before the pace picks up again on fast-riffing, mosh-ready title track “Horrifier“. Southern-fried metal tinged “Hell Is Coming” is one of the album’s best displays of stylistic versatility, accented by an impressively commanding vocal performance while pumping out a thrash-worthy breakdown and blues rock solo. “Halfway To The Grave” sees the band echoing ’80s flavor accented by memorable leads and imploring lyrics before leading into the charging “Christine”-themed album standout “Christine: Fury In The Night“, featuring pounding drums, an unforgettable hook and a transfixing guitar lead. “Horrifier” closes with its most heartfelt track, “The Other Side“, a personal ode Wednesday 13 penned about the sudden loss of his mother, as well as former MURDERDOLLS bandmate Joey Jordison, but that also shines as a vital anthem made further pertinent after recent years of intense worldwide loss and reflection.
“Horrifier” was produced and recorded by Wednesday 13 with mixing and mastering by Brent Clawson and features artwork by Jonny Bush.
Wednesday 13 states: “The last three releases have seen the band explore new ground with heavier songs, drums, and vocals. Coming out of the COVID crisis, I promised I would not release a sad, depressing record. I wanted to make a fun, horror themed rock record that would be reminiscent of the first few WEDNESDAY 13 records. The new album is a fun, fast-paced, thriller!”
WEDNESDAY 13 “Horrifier” track listing:
02. Insides Out
03. Exhume And Devour
04. You’re So Hideous
05. Good Day To Be A Bad Guy
06. Return To Haddonfield
08. Hell Is Coming
09. Halfway To The Grave
10. Christine: Fury In The Night
11. The Other Side
WEDNESDAY 13 will thrill audiences across North America on his “20 Years Of Fear” tour this fall, featuring a career-spanning setlist. Beginning September 4 in Los Angeles, California, the tour will run across the United States and Canada for nearly two months, coming to an end back in Anaheim, California on October 23. After the “20 Years Of Fear” North American headline tour, WEDNESDAY 13 will go on to join MINISTRY on the “Moral Hygiene” European tour, also featuring support from THE 69 EYES.
WEDNESDAY 13 is:
Wednesday 13 – vocals
Roman Surman – lead guitar
Jack Tankersley – guitar
Troy Doebbler – bass
Mike Dupke – drums
Photo credit: Stephen Jensen at F3 Studios