Gorgeous Frankenstein

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Gorgeous Frankenstein
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Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Horror punk, heavy metal
Years active 2005–2012
Labels Evilive Records
Associated acts Danzig, Blitzkid, Doyle, Cancerslug
Past members Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Gorgeous George, Landon Blood, Dr. Chud, "Left Hand" Graham, Jesco Deviliance, Argyle Goolsby, Alex Story

Gorgeous Frankenstein is an American horror punk/heavy metal[1] band formed in 2005 in New Jersey by Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and his former wife and ex-professional wrestler Stephanie Bellars (a.k.a. Gorgeous George).

History[edit]

In 2005, Doyle left New Jersey for Las Vegas and began auditioning members for his own band, Gorgeous Frankenstein. The same year, he appeared on stage with Danzig numerous times throughout their tour and lead vocalist Glenn Danzig offered to produce Gorgeous Frankenstein first eponymous album on his record Label Evilive.[2]

The name of the band is a combination of both Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and his wife Stephanie Bellars (Gorgeous George) names into a portmanteau concept.[3]

Members and lineups[edit]

In 2006, Doyle and Danzig had recruited bassist Argyle Goolsby (lead vocalist of Blitzkid) and hired British comic book artist Steve Bisley to do the cover artwork (Bisley previously published some of his works at Verotik, Danzig's mature-themed comic books company).[2]

The musical arrangements of the band's debut album were completed before July 2007, but Doyle did not yet find a vocalist.,[2][4] He finally recruited vocalist Landon Blood for the recordings of the album[5] and ex-Blitzkid drummer Jesco Devilanse (Andrew "Stipes" Winter).[6]

Later in 2007, Gorgeous Frankenstein played their first tour, opening for Danzig. This line up included Argyle Goolsby (who also acted as lead vocalist, since Landon Blood left the band) and Dr. Chud on drums.[5] Stephanie Bellars (Gorgeous George) was part of these shows as a dancer.[7]

Doyle began to audition for a singer for the band and recruited Cancerslug's frontman Alex Story[8]

Disbandment and new band project[edit]

Main article: Doyle (band)

In 2012, following Alex Story's suggestion, Doyle decided to abandon Gorgeous Frankenstein and go forward with a new band project eponymously named Doyle. As he explains:

I would play a show and people would come up and say, 'Oh, I didn't even know you had a band.' Like when I would open for Danzig. [...] My singer [Alex Story] suggested to me that we change the name because it was the most recognizeable part of the band and I said okay.[9]

The following year, Doyle (the band) would record a debut album entitled Abominator (2013).

Members[edit]

Final lineup[3]
Previous members[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Gorgeous Frankenstein, Evilive/Megaforce Records, 2007 ; 2008.

Bootleg[edit]

  • Live at the DNA Lounge 8-24-2008, 2008.

Video[edit]

  • You Must See It to Believe It!!!, Live, Evilive, 2010 (Includes two videos ("Gorgeous Frankenstein" and "Man or Monster" and a 2008 Tour Documentary)[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carman, Keith (November 26, 2007). "Gorgeous Frankenstein". Exclaim!. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Donnely, Justin. "Danzig - End Of Time (August 18, 2006)". The Metal Forge. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gorgeous Frankenstein". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gorgeous Frankenstein Recruits Vocalist, Completes Debut CD Recordings (July 9, 2007)". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Gorgeous Frankenstein - Profile". Vampire Freaks. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Andrew "Stripes" Winter". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Danzig / Gorgeous Frankenstein live in Baltimore (2007)". PunkNews.org. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Williams, Kidman J. "Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein: The Modest Monster Taking the Reins". College News. Retrieved 12 December 2016. )
  9. ^ Murphy, Tom. "Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein On Changing His Band's Name and Making His Own Guitars". Westword. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Carman, Keith (October 14, 2010). "Gorgeous Frankenstein You Must See It To Believe It!!!". Exclaim!. Retrieved 13 December 2016.