3/10/2004 - Review by: Eric Compton
Probot - ST 2004 Southern Lord Records reviewed by: EC
Probot, the metal version of Mr. Grohl, is a side project featuring a who's-who of metal superstars ranging from Lemmy to King Diamond, all wrapped up in a nice little package of Grohl playing every instrument while his "metal god" sings along. Fairly interesting idea, and it kind of makes me stop and think; If Dave Grohl is such a HUGE metal fan, why the hell doesn't he play metal in his previous/current bands!?! I guess that sort of thing just goes hand in hand with guys like Sum 41, who claim they are the ultimate Iron Maiden wannabe's. Confused? So am I.
This all-star metal tribute is what it is. Dave Grohl getting the chance to shine beside his idols and music heroes. The really neat thing about this parade is the fact that Grohl does a great job creating the musical style that his "metal guest" specializes in. For instance, "Ice Cream Man", featuring Cathedral frontman Lee Dorian, is a bone-rattling slow pacer in the vein of Sabbath/Cathedral, conjuring up a doom-driven machine with Grohl in complete command of all instruments. The same can be said for "Sweet Dreams", a wonderful walk through N.W.O.B.H.M gardens, with King Diamond at the helm soothing the listener with his evil, sadistic lullaby. "Centuries Of Sin" is total Venom worship, sounding like something from the last Venom record, "Resurrection", with Cronos making it a devilish good-time. My favorite cuts here are the Lemmy driven backwash that is "Shake Your Blood", reminding me of an early Motorhead model, with Grohl adding that extra spark of gasoline soaked blues and the grinding, doom monster "My Tortured Soul" with Trouble's Eric Wagner on the mike.
Other dishes served here are "Red War" with Sepultura/Soulfly vocalist Max Cavalera, "Access Babylon" with C.O.C's Mike Dean, "Silent Spring" featuring D.R.I thrasher Kurt Brecht, "The Emerald Law" with Obsessed vocalist/guitarist Wino, "Big Sky" with Celtic Frost singer Tom G. Warrior, and "Dictatosaurus" with Voivod's own Snake. There is an added "hidden" track as well with Tenacious D singer Jack Black.
Every track on Probot is a calculated, well-thoughtout tribute to Dave Grohl's music idols. Hopefully this won't be a one-shot deal, with the Lemmy song here already making the rounds on radio and television. Lets hope Probot will become a well-oiled, often used machine that continues the metal trek into the future. This stuff is fun!
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