[ALBUM REVIEW] Dee Snider – For The Love Of Metal

FOR THE LOVE OF METAL TRACKLISTING

Lies Are A Business
Tomorrow’s No Concern
I am The Hurricane
American Made
Roll Over You
I’m Ready
Running Mazes
Mask
Become The Storm
The Hardest Way
Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)
For The Love of Metal

Reviewed by Cassandra Hale

Iconic Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider isn’t just making waves with his new solo release he has unleashed a tsunami on his devoted followers.  For The Love Of Metal is flooded with hit after hit, each song surpassing the next. While this is not his first solo album it is far superior to anything he has done in the past, and I am sure the listener will be hooked after the first rotation. Dee enlisted metal heavyweight Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed fame to produce the album after Jamey laid down a challenge to Dee on his podcast, and the rest is history. Jamey went on to also be involved in the writing process and has done an outstanding job. Joining Dee to make this the ferocious collection come to life is Howard Jones (ex Killswitch Engage), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, Mark Morton (Lamb of God), Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom of Sorrow) and Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust).

Opening with the absolute banger Lies Are A Business, it’s power drums to the max, and the raspy trademark vocals we all know working in overdrive.  Add to this some sick shredding and a kick arse riff in the middle and you have the makings of a perfect heavy metal classic. If there is one person who knows about making heavy metal classics it is Dee Snider, every SMF knows that!  Tomorrow’s No Concern has you fist pumping in your seat, its furious pace and the well-written lyrics stick in your head long after the song is finished. Studded with sick riffs that get better with each listen, it is a definite standout and I guarantee you will click repeat for a second run. In keeping with my weather references, we move onto I Am The Hurricane, not as fast as the first two tracks but just as intense with Dee showing his vocal range and just how bloody good it is. With tempo changes aplenty, it is a well woven and thought out song that the fans will revel in.

His love for his country worn proudly on his chest Dee gives us American Made, with lyrics like ‘Fight to the end, that’s how I’m made’ his patriotism is evident, and this monster showcases that from start to finish. Roll Over You is the steamroller on this album, killer licks a plenty and after a listen to the lyrics I don’t think you want to get on Dee’s bad side. I’m Ready is quite melodious, with a quick start it ebbs and flows, fast to slow and has some sensational guitar work through the middle that works perfectly with the structure of the song.

Running Mazes is the heaviest to date as I work my way through this masterpiece of metal. This one has you head banging from the opening riff, the drums are crisp and tight and with the guitars turned up to eleven. Running Mazes gives every metal head a shot of mayhem. The lyrical content is also quite poignant as I think at one time we have all been running mazes in our minds, feeling trapped.  The song writing is extraordinary over the album as a whole, Dee is able to takes each song and makes it his own with ease. Mask is another that gives a perfect arch to the flow of the album leading into Become The Storm. This is more rock than metal and has some nice backing vocals that soften it down a little. The Hardest Way sees Howard Jones come to the forefront, with some outstanding vocals, it has a nu metal feel that instantly grabs your attention with its ripping intro.  Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy) sees a duet with Alissa White-Gluz her voice draws you into this beautiful ballad, it is lovely to hear her clean vocals which blend with Dee’s perfectly.

The finale to this release is the brutal, For The Love of Metal which sums it up perfectly, he is so invested in his music paying homage to his metal brothers in this track, the heaviness is forever evident with this cracker switching your inner headbanger onto auto pilot. It is hard and heavy and just what the fans want to hear as the album comes to a close. The staying power of Dee Snider is incredible, to be churning out albums of this calibre at the ripe old age of 63 really beggar’s belief. The metal maniacs of Melbourne are counting the days to Dee’s tour in February, and with albums of this standard being released, it is a really good time to be a fan of heavy metal!

For The Love Of Metal is out NOW