Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein
|Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein|
|Birth name||Paul Caiafa|
September 15, 1964 |
Lodi, New Jersey
|Genres||Hardcore punk, heavy metal, horror punk|
|Occupations||Musician, bodybuilder, songwriter|
|Associated acts||The Misfits
Kryst the Conqueror
Life and career
Doyle, the younger brother of the Misfits bassist, Jerry Only, was originally a roadie for the band and was taught how to play guitar by Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only. He joined the Misfits in October 1980 at the age of 15. Doyle was the band's fourth guitarist, replacing Bobby Steele among claims that Glenn and Jerry disapproved of Steele's guitar playing. Like Glenn and Jerry, Doyle incorporated the Devilock into his image. Jerry and Doyle would finance the band by working at their father's shop.
In 1987, four years after the dissolution of the Misfits, Doyle and Jerry formed the metal band Kryst The Conqueror with drummer The Murp. Select songs from the album were released by Jerry Only's record label "Cyclopian Music" as an EP, and featured guest guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo of the metal band Skid Row.
In 1995 Jerry settled a legal battle out of court with co-founder Glenn Danzig, effectively allowing him rights to the band's name on a performing level. Doyle and Jerry reformed the Misfits in 1995, this time with Jerry acting as the band's figurehead and with Michale Graves as vocalist and Dr. Chud as drummer. The group released two full length albums of new material.
In 2005, Doyle left New Jersey for Las Vegas, and began auditioning members for his own band, Gorgeous Frankenstein. In 2006, he appeared on stage with Danzig numerous times throughout their tour. They would meet again in 2007, when Gorgeous Frankenstein played their first tour, opening for Danzig. Doyle has since joined them on several occasions to play 30-minute-long sets of classic Misfits songs.
Doyle claimed that a reunion effort with Glenn Danzig ceased further progression when "Jerry put a fuckin' monkey wrench in it. [In] 2002, we had meetings ... And [Jerry] kind of fucked it up, him and his manager. We were going to do a record, do a tour and everything." In September 2010, Gorgeous Frankenstein released a DVD, titled You Must See It To Believe It!
During the latter quarter of 2011, former vocalist Danzig and guitarist Doyle performed Misfits songs on four different occasions as part of the Danzig Legacy tour. The first of the four shows, which took place on October 7 in Chicago as one of the headlining acts at Riot Fest, saw a sold-out crowd of 5,000+. The last true Legacy show took place on Halloween at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with an over sold crowd of 7,000+.
In 2012, Doyle once again played guitar on the Misfits songs during the Danzig Legacy tour.
2013 saw the inception of Doyle's solo effort, eponymously named "Doyle". The band features Alex Story of Cancerslug on vocals, Dr. C.H.U.D. of the second-era Misfits on drums, and Left Hand Graham on bass. The debut album, "Abominator", was released digitally on July 30, 2013 through iTunes, Google Play, and others. The album was independently produced and released by Doyle's own MonsterMan Records. The official CD release was in October, 2013 in major retailers such as Best Buy and FYE. There is an "advance copy" available that was sold at shows on the Danzig Legacy Tour, as well as from Doyle's official website. This pre-released advance is lacking a 13th track, released on the final cut, entitled 'Drawing Down The Moon.'
Playing style and equipment
Doyle's early guitar playing style consisted heavily of down strokes and power chords during which he used an Ibanez Iceman guitar. Later, after experimenting with guitars in Kryst the Conqueror, Doyle developed his custom-made Rand Annihilator guitar. In the 2000s, Doyle collaborated with October Guitars (now spelled "Oktober") to recreate the Annihilator along with a signature pickup. But Doyle still uses his own Annihilators because Oktober doesn't make them the way that he wants. He uses Ampeg Lee Jackson heads, and his own signature Dean Markley strings with his Annihilators. He is set to release his own signature amplifier cabinet. He is seen with a Jackson Guitar and an Ibanez Iceman in old pictures.
- Walk Among Us (1982) - album
- Evilive (1982) - live album
- Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) - album
- American Psycho (1997) - album
- Famous Monsters (1999) - album
Kryst The Conqueror
- Deliver Us From Evil (1989) - album
- Gorgeous Frankenstein (2007)
- Abominator (2013)
- You Must See It To Believe It! (2010) - DVD