Doyle

Amager Bio, Copenhagen - 2019

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Life Of Agony may have been the main act of the night, but everyone here at the office was equally interested in seeing Doyle.
After seeing the big man perform with Danzig a few years ago (6½), and being blown away by his performance, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein has been lurking in the back of my mind, as someone I’d like to see play again some day.
That day had now come.

“Alright, so we’re Doyle. We came to play some rock ‘n’ roll for your ass. You’re welcome to dance.”
- Alex Story (vocals)


The show had a quiet enough start, with drummer Wade Murff walked unremarked onto the stage, and got behind the drums. Not much more enthusiasm was shown for the rest of the band as they entered, but on the other hand, they quickly filled the void themselves, as without ado, they dived straight into Abominator.
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein stomped around the stage in his characteristic manner while punishing his guitar for crimes untold but severe. From time to time, he also got an ok connection with the crowd going, although always staying in character, as it were.
Alex Story, vocalist of the evening (and all other evenings for that matter) was a bit more of an enigma - at times bursting with energy, at others still seeming completely uninterested in the goings on around him, and his vocal performance followed suit. I will commend him for his dry humour though. It was amusing the first time he made the dancing comment, the second time I thought it was a mistake, the third time it felt odd, but as he proceeded to say it before every single song, it came round full circle, and became quite fun again.
Both Murff and bassist Brandon Strate were lively performers as well, my view was just blocked - in the one case because of a drumkit, in the other, that I was standing at the opposite end of the stage. You guess which one was which.

Doyle managed to assemble a bit of response between songs, and a little bit of headbanging during them, but on the whole, Copenhagen wasn’t very welcoming towards the band.
Doyle didn’t manage to get me going as much as I had hoped either. This was probably partially due to me not knowing the material, and not completely getting into it - it was accessible enough, just not something I was blown away by. Part of it was Story’s switches, that I mentioned earlier.
There was one highlight for me, and that was Dreamingdeadgirls, which wasn’t just something that could quickly be sung along to, but also an earworm that stuck with me long after the concert was over.

So, all in all, I had an ok time with Doyle, but I wasn’t nearly as riveted as I had hoped for. Oh well.

Setlist:

Abominator
Beast Like Me
Headhunter
Cemeterysexxx
Witchcraft
We Belong Dead
Kiss Me As We Die
Dreamingdeadgirls
Hope Hell Is Warm

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