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Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, backstage at Rock am Ring in Germany, in early June.

Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, backstage at Rock am Ring in Germany, in early June. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, backstage at Rock am Ring in Germany, in early June.

Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, backstage at Rock am Ring in Germany, in early June. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, performs in Frankfurt, Germany, last November. The Murderdolls will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, with several other metal bands including Anthrax, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Ministry, Overkill, Sepultura and Type O Negative on July 4th and 5th. See www.graspop.be for more information.

Acey Slade, guitarist of The Murderdolls, performs in Frankfurt, Germany, last November. The Murderdolls will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, with several other metal bands including Anthrax, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Ministry, Overkill, Sepultura and Type O Negative on July 4th and 5th. See www.graspop.be for more information. (Raymond T. Conway / S&S)

Multiple piercings, makeup, red-and-black dreadlocks and two sleeves of tattoos.

At first glance, Acey Slade, guitarist for metal/punk merchants Murderdolls, can be a bit intimidating.

But behind the wild man stage persona, the 28-year-old Slade is intelligent and articulate … a genuine, everyday guy. An everyday guy on a mission to traverse the globe on a virtually nonstop world tour that has won Murderdolls new fans from Anaheim, Calif., to Australia.

The band opened up for Papa Roach during a world tour in 2002 and is currently supporting metal legends Iron Maiden on a European tour. They are headlining a few shows, too.

“It’s been wild,” Slade said. “We’re playing almost every single day of the week. When we’re not with Maiden, we’ve been doing our own shows.”

Murderdolls kicked off the festivities on center stage at the gargantuan Rock Am Ring festival in front of 75,000 people in early June.

All this constant touring, with hotel rooms, endless travel and sleepless nights on tour buses, can take its toll on a band. But Slade and the rest of Murderdolls aren’t complaining.

“It’s funny, because there can be times on the road that you want to get home, but as soon as I’m home, I’m ready to go back out on tour,” laughed Slade. He then added, “You wait all of your life to get here, so I’m certainly not gonna bitch about it.”

To the unfamiliar, Murderdolls are an eccentric band whose style doesn’t quite fit into one particular genre. Their sound is metal, yet punk, infused with horror and humor.

On the band’s Web site, www.murderdolls.com, they cite influences by acts such as Alice Cooper, Motley Crue and Twisted Sister. In the site’s biography section, founding band member Joey Jordison, who also plays in Slipknot, describes the songs on Murderdolls’ debut release, “Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls,” as having, “a very metal-esque influence to them, as well as just being punk, glam-metal, blood and guts rock ’n’ roll. It’s all very trashy, too, just like the people that are in the band.”

They may be trashy, but there’s also a serious side.

Talking about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States and the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Slade said he takes it personally.

“Living in New York, I’m glad we didn’t play around,” he said. “They went in and did it right.”

“I’d like to thank and congratulate all the troops for putting their lives on the line and going in there and seriously kicking ass.”

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