Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one half of the MURDERDOLLS braintrust, will release his seventh solo studio album, titled “Condolences”, on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015’s “Monsters Of The Universe” was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who previously worked with Wednesday 13 and guitarist Roman Surman on the 2010 MURDERDOLLS album “Women & Children Last”. The artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE) and can be seen below.
The official video for the song “Blood Sick” can be seen below.
Wednesday 13 comments: “I’m really excited for you all to see the video for ‘Blood Sick’. It was all shot on green screen with director Matt Zane.
“The song is about a spider torturing a fly in its web before devouring it, and I wanted to try and capture that scenario with the band in a giant spider web.
“I had this vision in my head when we first wrote the song and it’s so cool to see it finally come to life.”
“Condolences” track listing:
01. Last Rites
02. What The Night Brings
04. Blood Sick
05. Good Riddance
06. You Breathe, I Kill
07. Omen Amen
08. Cruel To You
09. Eulogy XIII
10. Prey For Me
11. Lonesome Road To Hell
13. Death Infinity
Wednesday 13 told Creative Loafing that “Condolences” may be his darkest and heaviest album to date. “The campiness is kind of gone off of this record,” he said. “It’s definitely heavier, and definitely the best-produced sounding thing, I think, I’ve ever recorded. A lot of people go, ‘He’s serious now!’ Well, I’m 40 years old now. I’m growing with the music, my band, everything, and this record definitely has some experimenting with different sounds and things. The sense of humor is still always there, but maybe not as campy as it’s always been, and sometimes that comes off more serious.”
Regarding the subject matter covered on “Condolences”, Wednesday 13 said: “The theme is death, and it comes from everything from the point of view of a killer, the point of view of being killed, and the whole record ends with the title track ‘Condolences’ and that’s like the funeral.”
He continued: “It’s just a dark, weird record, kind of inspired by basically everybody who seems to be dropping around us. I kept seeing, ‘Condolences, sorry for your loss,’ and I saw that, and I themed the record around what’s in the air right now.”
Photo credit: Jeremy Saffer