Doyle and his band of misfits performed a monstrously wicked set of heavy, raw and aggressive tunes to a sold out crowd in Flint, Michigan.

He may be a man of not so many words, but Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein’s music speaks in volumes. Considered by many to be one of the godfather’s of Horror Punk, he is one of that genre’s most recognized figures. Younger brother to Jerry Only of the legendary Misfits, Doyle became part of the Misfits classic line-up at the early age of 16, thus beginning a career in music that has lasted into his third decade.

In 2013, fans saw the inception of Doyle’s solo effort, titled Doyle, while also releasing their first album Abominator that same year. The album has been a success. Doyle teamed up with Cancerslug vocalist Alex Story to create an album that is full of heavy riffs while packed with evil tales of werewolves, killing and a sick and twisted love story. Abominator is a brilliant album that has put Doyle back in the Metal/Punk spotlight. It is heavy on the metal side with elements of doom, grit, punk and the rapid-fire ferociousness of thrash.

Doyle is out on his second tour in support of Abominator which brought them to the Machine Shop for a sold out show in Flint, Michigan on March 25, 2015. Rounding out the rest of the touring band is Anthony “Tiny Bubz” Biuso on drums and DieTrich Thrall on bass guitar.

The Shop was packed to the gills by the time Doyle took the stage and within seconds Alex was screaming his lungs out to the song “Abominator.” Doyle stomped about the stage playing the ‘Monsterman’ part that everyone was expecting him to play. He pulls off a Zakk Wylde style wah compression while pounding out those down strokes. “Abominator” has a massive sound which punches one right in the chest and Doyle’s skill as a guitarist is clearer now more than ever.

Without a moment’s hesitation, they segued into “Learn to Bleed.” This song starts out with a thrash core sound similar to that of early Exodus with an underlying heavy riff groove. Next, Alex stated “This is a goddamn love song. You can dance if you want and if there ain’t no room then make some fucking room.” Tiny began the beginning drumbeat to “Cemeterysexxx.”

They crashed ferociously through other Abominator tracks such as “Valley of Shadows,” “Headhunter,” “Mark of the Beast” and “Love Like Murder” before kicking out a couple of Misfits songs. As soon as Alex sang “I’ve got something to say” the entire audience at the Machine Shop yelled back “I killed your baby today.” Every single person sang every single word to “Last Caress.” The audience was so into singing along that it seemed to overpower the sound system to the point where you could barely hear the music coming out of it.

The intensity of the audience was at an all-time high when Doyle transitioned flawlessly into “Die, Die My Darling.” Eerily sounding like Glenn Danzig himself, Alex did these songs justice with an honest performance matching the original vocals, note for note.

The mosh pit went crazy with people moshing and swirling about emulating the same stomping moves Doyle was throwing around on the stage. The show didn’t stop there. Doyle ended the night with “Hope Hell Is Warm” which is a fitting ending as it is also the final track on the Abominator album.

Alex’s rage fueled vocal performance is a fitting companion to Doyle’s pounding rhythm and animalistic fury. The entire band had an excellent stage presence, never missing a beat and they commanded the attention of the audience from beginning to end. Doyle had grasped everyone in a closed fist, rattled them around by slamming them into a punching bag, then dropped the lifeless bodies onto the sweat, blood, spit and beer stained floor!

Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on hand to capture all the mayhem. Here are his images from that night.

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Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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