Wednesday 13
Calling All Corpses


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
October 30th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Really, for the most part nothing’s changed.

Wednesday 13 has roughly gone under the radar since their debut in 2005 with Transylvania 90210. For horror rock veteran Poole (Wednesday), everything has been pretty much the same. From context to that rather simple drum beat that backs his albums. Enter 2011 and Calling All Corpses is released without a blink from the hard rock enthusiasts. The album remains typically consistent from tract to track and remains in the vein of Wednesday 13’s other works but the subtle and largely unnoticed differences that emerge ultimately make for a better listen.

Thankfully differences emerge between Wednesday 13 and the other horror act; Murderdolls, there is less of an influence than listeners might think. Firstly, Calling All Corpses shows more of a rock element that hints at punk rather than a punk effort that hints at metal. Lyrical content may feel much the same but Calling All Corpses’ has a rather immature (“Fry me some KFC!”) and roughly repetitive feel to it. A prime example of the repetitive nature of lyrics can be found in the second track “I Wanna Be Cremated” where the hook is repeated over and over again. Despite the rather negative features of the album being described here there are some redeeming features that can be found throughout. At first, these may overlooked and overlooked a second time, but the music is incredibly catchy. This effect can largely be found in the rhyming pattern that occurs almost too commonly combined with catchy hook lines and somewhat anthem like tracks. The title track is of particular notice with its echoed hook line that is sure to please fans at live shows.

Some similarities emerge between Calling All Corpses and Murderdoll’s Women and Children Last. The modern production that helps build on that horror atmosphere that is maintained from the first track makes for a clear listen. That modern production also builds on the similarities between the two acts, whether it be the clean sound, Poole’s gritty vocals and the even the lyrical content. Fortunately this was not released as another Murderdolls record and proved to be more in the vein of a typical Wednesday 13 album. Poole has shown once again that he is more than capable of writing catchy songs.

Calling All Corpses displays Wednesday 13 at a higher point in his musical career. The music is not going to please everybody, it never will. But what listeners have here is a steady album with some highly consistent qualities. Tracks are catchy, memorable (whether you want them to be or not) and Calling All Corpses is sure to hit a note with listeners assuming they don’t take the music too seriously. Overall, Wednesday 13’s latest effort should be a welcome edition for anybody into the horror rock/punk/metal genre. Calling All Corpses shows influences from various stages of Poole’s career whether it comes from the early days or his modern day projects such as Women and Children Last. It’s a great album with a simple song writing process that gives listeners a consistent and highly catchy effort.



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Another great effort by Wednesday 13, on par with everything else he's done....


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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


7097 Comments


Sup'

ohfoxxxycole
October 30th 2011


4353 Comments


is this really still a thing

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


7097 Comments


You're going to have to be a little more specific.

iFghtffyrdmns
October 30th 2011


7047 Comments


dude no this does not sound good.
i'm not a believer

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011


16419 Comments


I stopped reading after the intro paragraph...could really use some work tbh

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


7097 Comments


Sorry Steve, I had originally lost that paragraph when my computer decided to chuck a shit. I know I'll have to go through it.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


22009 Comments


Yeh it reads quite awkwardly

Digging: Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


7097 Comments


Anyways, album surprised me a little.

Muse1748
October 30th 2011


160 Comments


From context to that rather simple drum beat that backs his albums
Feels like an open thought, like the sentence either needs to keep going or be combined, somehow, with the following
sentence.

tract
Should be "track"

Thankfully differences emerge between Wednesday 13 and the other horror act; Murderdolls, there is less of an influence
than listeners might think.

Try this, maybe: Thankfully differences emerge between Wednesday 13 and the other horror act, Murderdolls; there is less
of an influence than listeners might think.


Stupid nitpicky things, probably. I'm just happy I can try and help you out after all your help. I'll check this guy out. Despite
those few things, have a pos.

AfterTheBreakdown
October 30th 2011


7157 Comments


I agree with the review needing a little work. this album doesn't look to good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2011


7097 Comments


I'm just happy I can try and help you out after all your help

Don't worry mate, i'll give you plenty of opportunity to practice.

this album doesn't look to good

It's kinda not for everybody though.

AfterTheBreakdown
October 31st 2011


7157 Comments


Lol. Definitely not for me.

Muse1748
November 1st 2011


160 Comments


Don't worry mate, I'll give you plenty of opportunity to practice

Looking forward to it =)

JanKorejRoman
July 8th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What a let down. Not half as good as his previous work.



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