Wednesday 13 – Necrophaze: Antidote (EP Review)

Having a cult-like following, Horror Punk mainstays Wednesday 13 is the solo project of Mr. Joseph Poole, more famously known as Wednesday 13, the voice in front of Murderdolls and Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13. Actively making music since 1992, with the band Wednesday 13, he has released eight albums and four EPs. For 2021, he delivers the follow-up to the 2019 full-length studio album Necrophaze in the form of a four-song EP, appropriately titled Necrophaze – Antidote.

Brought to you by Nuclear Blast Records back on Friday, April 16th, Wednesday 13’s fifth EP, to date, Necrophaze – Antidote lasts for 15 minutes. Launching with some heavily distorted guitars, “Devil Inside” immediately sets you into the right mood for what to expect: dark and gloomy music that is harsh and reckless with no mercy. Pushing their agenda further, “Devil Inside,” in particular, utilizes some repetitive lyrics that will easily get stuck in each listener’s head. And the same happens on “Screwdriver 2 – The Return.”

Meanwhile, “Films” features Calico Cooper, Alice Cooper’s daughter, on vocals during a bridge; although she is only heard for a brief moment. Still the track sounds different from the rest: with gloomy arrangements and theatrical sounds that will create images of Horror movies inside your mind. Consequently, it is the most dramatic, melodic and cinematic song on the release, with a unique sound that will keep buzzing through the air long after it has ended.

Unfortunately, the closing track, “Your Mother Still Sucks Cocks in Hell,” includes some insulting and disrespectful lyrics that will slap you right in the face. However, this is a typical move for a Wednesday 13 songs, which oftentimes explore even more brutal and bloody themes. So this is child’s play, so to speak. As such, these types of songs are intended to be enjoyed with a smile, and are not meant to be taken all that seriously.

Overall, Necrophaze – Antidote goes by quickly. The arrangements of all four songs are fast and thriving, while the lyrics are dark and gloomy, sometimes rude and reckless. This all comes with choruses that are easy to memorize, as they tend to be quite repetitive, but it’s all a part of the Wednesday 13’s shtick. Therefore, this EP and its four songs are really no big surprise, but fit right in with all the previous releases fans know and love. For this, Cryptic Rock gives the Necrophaze – Antidote 3 out of 5 stars.

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