Deep from the bowels of the small New Jersey village of Lodi arose a new genre of music that came to be known as horror punk and brought us legendary bands like The Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig. Iconic Misfits’ guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein was at the forefront of the genre and is back with his own band Doyle, once again reigning down terror on the rock and metal world.
His second solo outing, released on his own label Monsterman Records, Doyle II “As We Die” is an extension of sorts of his debut album “Abominator.” Most of the material on the new disc was written and guitar parts recorded almost four years ago. “Abominator” was going to be a double album but since Doyle had written so much top notch material we have the tracks released here. Before you listen, prepare for a punishing! The new record is a delicious demonic mix of metal, thrash, and punk with mind melting riffs and brutal beats. With his signature Annihilator guitar in hand, Doyle delves deep into a dark and depraved world from the start with “Kiss Me As We Die” which starts out with a Sabbathesque intro before turning up the heat into a frenzied pace. Vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story is a perfect match for the music possessing an uncanny abilitiy to switch it up from raw growls and screams to clean melodies at will. The first single “Run For Your Life” is a standout with an anthemic chorus and battering rhythms as is the frenetic pace of “Blood On the Axe.” Don’t miss the slinking grooves of “We Belong Dead” and get ready to dance with the devil himself on the down and dirty “Virgin Sacrifice” featuring a guest appearance by Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.
Doyle II “As We Die” is a metal masterpiece with all the gloom and doom of Black Sabbath and all the speed of Slayer and Metallica wrapped up into a uniquely horrifying but eerily delightful package of songs by one of the legends.