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Old 09-15-2018, 07:29 AM   #1
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to? #DeeSnider


I have been listening to Dee Snider's latest album, For The Love Of Metal. The ensemble album has an interesting backstory, which you can read about in Decibel's review of the album.

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Dee Snider’s latest solo album started the way I imagine lots of good things start: from a challenge by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta. Jasta convinced the legendary Twisted Sister frontman that he’s become an icon in metal and that he needs to do a contemporary metal album. Snider accepted, although even he admits he was a bit shocked that For the Love of Metalended up happening as well as it did.

“It’s a surprise to people; believe me, it was a surprise to me,” says Snider. “Jamey’s challenge… I’m all about accepting a challenge. I’m glad nobody challenged me to do a children’s record, because I would have done it [laughs]. Jamey said, ‘Think Halford. Think what he does.’ Somebody likened it more to Halford’s Fight than Halford, which they felt is more of a Priest record. So that was the challenge. I had my doubts. Especially with other people writing music, because I knew I’d have to sit there and imitate to write something contemporary. I said, ‘Who’s writing?’ and Jamey said, ‘Everybody is going to want to write for you, Dee.’ There was an outpouring, and Jamey produced it and guided it.”

Unlike when some old rockers make a “contemporary metal” (shudder) album, For the Love of Metal sounds genuine, sounds like Snider’s heart is still in the right place. Because it is.

“I love contemporary metal and I think that’s why it sounds so genuine,” he says. “I go to shows. My kids are all metalheads, especially my daughter, she’s hardcore. Over the years, because she was so young, I had to escort her to these shows, so I was exposed to all these hardcore bands. I love the passion, and I love the ‘I got nothing to lose’ attitude that these bands have. That’s what you lose when you’re successful. You lose that fearlessness. I’d much rather listen to bands that have that heart and that passion than listen to people who have lost it. I’ve always been in tune with that and have loved it. Jamey, in writing, we sat and talked endlessly about what matters to me now and about what I wanted to say now and where was I at emotionally now.”
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"Howling Wind And Non-Stop Rain" by "I Am That I Am". It's got a delicate rhythm that shifts between tranquility and frustration. Its measured beats and muted, pitched-down thumping are accompanied by a shifting, experimental selection of sounds, including filtered background baritone-like notes due to eating too many canned beans.
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