Iconic guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein may be best known for his time with the , Misfits, but has been busy with an exciting solo career for the last few years. In 2013, Doyle released his debut solo album “Abominator” and has been going full steam ahead ever since. His latest album “Doyle II: As We Die” continues Doyle’s reign of terror on the metal world. The record is a delightfully demonic mix of metal, thrash, and punk with brutal leads and blistering riffs. This past Saturday Doyle brought his killer live show to the Underground Charlotte as the As We Die Abomination World Tour rolled into town.
The crowd was amped from the start with a sea of Doyle and Misfits shirts as far as the eye could see. Just before 10 p.m., the crowd became restless in anticipation with chants of “Doyle! Doyle!” filling the venue. As the lights went dark, Doyle made his appearance as the band roared into “Abominator” to kick off their set. His guitar strap sported the words “Vegan Beast” and it was a fitting title as Doyle is a menacing figure on stage; tall, lean and ripped from head to toe with his signature face makeup and devilock hairstyle first made famous by his former Misfits bandmate Jerry Only. Flanked on each side of the stage by his huge stacks of Frankenstein amps, Doyle was in true beast mode all night long. His famous “Annihilator’ guitar was his weapon of choice as he pounded the strings with a maddened fury. The band also features Alex Story, formerly of Cancerslug, on vocals and he is every bit a true mad man on the stage. It takes a special type of vocal style to fit with the ferocious guitar of Doyle and Story clearly fits the bill. Not only are his vocals top notch, but he is a true showman; bouncing and jumping all over before crouching down and popping back up again. At one point, he even climbed to the top of Doyle’s speaker cabinets clearly thinking about jumping all the way down before deciding against it. The fans were mesmerized as the band ripped through a thirteen song set featuring tunes from both Doyle’s solo records. The intimate atmosphere of the Underground made the evening extra special as fans were able to get up close and personal with their favorite guitar hero. Story announced each song as a love song and told the audience they could dance if they want to which of course didn’t happen. What did happen was plenty of head banging, moshing, and fists pumping in the air. It was a great night of metal and when Alex announced they had one more song, the crowd clearly wasn’t ready for the night to end. After a stellar version of “Hope Hell Is Warm, “ the sweat soaked fans began to file out of the venue, exhilarated by the performance and already looking forward to the next show.
Don’t miss your chance to see the legendary Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein live in person when the As We Die World Abomination Tour. It will be a night of punishing metal that you’ll never forget.
Beast Like Me
Night of Sin
We Belong Dead
Kiss Me As We Die
God of Flies
Show No Mercy
Hope Hell Is Warm
We would like to thank Tom George from TAG Publicity for the credentials to review the show.