The term ‘Monster Metal’ may conjure up images of dark and scary places, but in the case of Doyle, it really means a quartet with a huge metal sound. Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (guitar), Alex Story (vocals), Anthony Biuso (drums), and DieTrich Thrall (bass) take metal to a new level. Their focus is incredible, mesmerizing the audience with music that starts at the top and pushes farther with each song. The music is cohesive, precise, and emotional, telling stories as it winds through each note.
Skill vs. Instrument. The age old debate of whether the skill of the player counts more than the equipment is still debated among musicians and music lovers. Doyle combines the best of both. Not only does he have years of practice under his belt, he has the perfect guitar. Perfect, because he crafted each instrument with his own hands. Doyle uses custom pickups and his own signature strings, and even specialized heads on some guitars. Each detail is lovingly designed to allow the sound and response he needs to showcase his considerable skill. Doyle is an accomplished guitarist with high energy and impeccable timing, using instruments he built from nothing. Watching him play is seeing the guitar and artist become a complete unit, so synched it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. His fingers alternately fly across the strings in hard driving chords and slide sweetly up and down in haunting melodies, like a maestro conducting an orchestra on six strings.
Songwriting is a balance between perfection and surrender. The creation of a new song is a multistage process for Doyle. But when is a tune just right? He explains, “First you demo it and it’s just a rough recording. I’ll program the drums, throw the guitar and bass on it. Then I send it to (vocalist) Alex.” But it is not done yet. He says, “When I go to record it for real, I’ll be playing it and it will sound raw, and I’ll be like, ‘I don’t even like this now’. Then I’ll go back and listen to that one (the demo) and I’m playing it just a little different. And that’s what is wrong. It’s usually the right hand, not the left hand. The left hand is playing the right stuff, it’s the rhythm of the right hand that makes it right.” The true test of a song to Doyle is when you play it and the audience goes crazy. That is the moment when he knows it is good and is happy he wrote it.
Busy is a way of life. Doyle’s first love is music, but not all he does. His Cajun-style hot sauce, Made In Hell is a best seller and he is working on a recipe for an even hotter taste for sauces to come. Doyle was featured as a character in Alan Robert’s graphic novel series, Killology, published last Halloween. Adding to those projects, he owns Monsterman Records, a clothing/accessory line, and has a full touring schedule. It could be too much for one person to manage, but Doyle credits a knowledgeable and caring staff for keeping everything in line. Doyle’s debut album, Abominator, is available now and he will continue to tour, while working on the next full length album this year.