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 Frankensteinâ€™s music speaks in volumes. Considered by many to be one of the godfatherâ€™s of Horror Punk, he is one of that genreâ€™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 Doyleâ€™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 â€œTiny Bubzâ€ 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 â€œAbominator.â€ Doyle stomped about the stage playing the â€˜Monstermanâ€™ part that everyone was expecting him to play. He pulls off a Zakk Wylde style wah compression while pounding out those down strokes. â€œAbominatorâ€ has a massive sound which punches one right in the chest and Doyleâ€™s skill as a guitarist is clearer now more than ever.
Without a momentâ€™s hesitation, they segued into â€œLearn to Bleed.â€ This song starts out with a thrash core sound similar to that of early Exodus with an underlying heavy riff groove. Next, Alex stated â€œThis is a goddamn love song. You can dance if you want and if there ainâ€™t no room then make some fucking room.â€ Tiny began the beginning drumbeat to â€œCemeterysexxx.â€
They crashed ferociously through other Abominator tracks such as â€œValley of Shadows,â€ â€œHeadhunter,â€ â€œMark of the Beastâ€ and â€œLove Like Murderâ€ before kicking out a couple of Misfits songs. As soon as Alex sang â€œIâ€™ve got something to sayâ€ the entire audience at the Machine Shop yelled back â€œI killed your baby today.â€ Every single person sang every single word to â€œLast Caress.â€ 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 â€œDie, Die My Darling.â€ 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 â€œHope Hell Is Warmâ€ which is a fitting ending as it is also the final track on the Abominator album.
Alexâ€™s rage fueled vocal performance is a fitting companion to Doyleâ€™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.