Gallery By Jaidyn Hale
Gallery By Jaidyn Hale
Melbourne had dealt us a stinking hot day, but this did nothing to deter the fans from turning out in force for the legendary master of heavy metal himself Dee Snider. It was a packed house at The Croxton Bandroom, with black t-shirts and some questionable leather pants as far as the eye could see, all in attendance bringing their A game, voices primed and ready to rock! At 64 years young Dee has the mind, body, and spirit of a man 30 years his junior, still absolutely slaughtering the congregation that worship at his alter of heavy metal, I for one could not wait for the bloodshed to begin.
Melbourne based heavy rock two-piece The Blacktides were our warm-up for the night, they certainly got the fires burning with a 45 minute set of tunes that were guaranteed to get your head nodding in approval. Singer Red took on the bass duties using distortion to fill the absence of the guitar. Netty smashed her kit with heavy hitting and a lot of head banging, also taking to the vocals on many occasions. Taking inspiration from Royal Blood to form a two-piece they put on a bloody good show, but they are the first to admit they “swear like sailors” so if you are easily offended take some earplugs along. I loved their cover of Royals (Lorde), we were forewarned they were going to butcher it but I think it leant itself to heavying up perfectly. So if you see them playing get along and support our local scene, you won’t be disappointed.
The air was palpable as we waited for the main event, an electric ripple could be felt as the black t-shirts surged forward as the lights dimmed down, Exciter by Judas Priest rang out, the hoards happy to sing along building the tension to fever pitch. Dee and his band exploded onto the stage, the Croxton going off like a frog in a sock, opening with Lies Are A Business from the new album For The Love of Metal. Dee was first to admit that this album had reignited his career and was his biggest since the Twisted Sister days, and after reviewing the album last year this comes as no surprise it is an absolute belter from start to finish! We were treated to many songs off the new album, all as polished as the Twisted Sister hits we all know and love. Tomorrow’s No Concern was next followed by You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll and The Beast which put the Twisted die-hards into meltdown, fists pumping and sweat flying, pounding the heavy bass line in unison. American Made was a killer and the fans went crazy when Dee changed up the chorus to ‘Australian Made’, his regret at not returning to Australia for 34 years evident as he apologised constantly for leaving us waiting so long.
The Fire Still Burns from the iconic 1985 album Come Out And Play was an unexpected but more than welcome addition, Dee launching onto the speakers his spirit fingers finding the metal horns with ease. There was a slight hiccup with the microphone but Dee took it in his stride and carried on like the true professional he is. Of course the Clive Palmer debacle came to light as I knew it would, and after a brief discussion on it Dee dedicated Roll Over You to Clive (or as Dee called him Rebecca!) The stealing of the TS classic will be decided later in the year in the courtroom, the lesson here, don’t mess with the metal, leave it in the hands of the masters that created it! Without any introduction, We’re Not Gonna Take It sent the room into a frenzy, Dee bouncing around like a man half his age, his enthusiasm and energy transferring to every one of us. There were plenty of sing-a-longs during the night but this was a favourite, with Oh Oh Oh’s blasting back to Dee from all the S.M.F’s in the room. Dee’s voice has aged like a fine wine that just gets better and better over time. His vocal range and ability are of the highest standard and the envy of many singers today.
Become The Storm was Dee’s tribute to dealing with bullying offenders, lets not “talk to them with words” as recommended let’s get old school and deal with them with the rage they provoke. When the setlist couldn’t possibly get any better the band erupts with Under The Blade, a favourite of the hoards, metal horns on steroids as they punched the sky. Nick Petrino was a shredding maestro on guitar and while Dee may call him ‘Cousin It’ his hair does not hinder his playing one bit. Russell Pzütto was on bass duties and wow he was fantastic, showing that bass rocks just as hard as the guitars do. Dee’s band were a tight cohesive unit with the Bellmore brothers, Charlie (guitar) and Nicky (drums) rounding out the stage. Charlie and Nicky both had huge roles in For The Love Of Metal, with writing, singing, engineering, playing and mixing just to name a few of their talents. I Wanna Rock saw the crazed fans take over the singing before Dee could even raise his microphone, he stood back in awe saying he was glad we sang because he had forgotten the words, but we knew he was just kidding, he hadn’t missed a word all night! As Dee sang I Wanna Rock our ‘Rock’ in reply almost tore the roof off The Croxton, I’m sure it’s the loudest crowd they have seen for some time. A sea of fists and metal horns smacking the air savoring every second of singing with their metal hero Dee Snider. For The Love Of Metal was one for the headbangers young and old to really let loose, and the older ones like myself might just need to pop along to the chiropractor tomorrow. It was heavy metal at its finest, and as we knew the night was drawing to a close we took full advantage and banged until we were almost broken. As the final goodbyes were said to rapturous applause we were hopeful of just one more so we waited and chanted ‘Dee Fucking Snider’ until he had no choice but to return. The encore song was a classic that every Australian knows by heart Highway To Hell by AC/DC, Dee’s vocals leaned to it tremendously and we sang until our voices were hoarse. Dee still bouncing until the very last note was sung, his effervescent frontmanship still bubbling as he waved goodbye with a promise to return soon.
Until then, spin your favourite Dee Snider/Twisted Sister records and don’t forget to PLAY IT LOUD, MUTHA!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
FOR THE LOVE OF METAL TRACKLISTING
Lies Are A Business
Tomorrow’s No Concern
I am The Hurricane
Roll Over You
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
He is one of the most recognisable and notorious frontmen of all time and DEE SNIDER ascended to hard rock royalty in the early 1980s as the lead singer for New York-based heavy rockers, the multi-platinum sellers TWISTED SISTER. The charismatic and outspoken SNIDER in 1985, alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa, testified against censorship in regard to the Tipper Gore led PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) — SNIDER and company topped the charts in 1984 with the all-purpose us-against-the-world anthems We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. DEE SNIDER and TWISTED SISTER changed the face of MTV and the rock and metal world forever. Apart from those two monster singles, TWISTED SISTER also released all-time classic tracks like Stay Hungry, The Kids Are Back, You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll, The Price, Under The Blade and more! After the 1987 dissolution of the group, he embarked on a series of solo and group projects such as WIDOWMAKER and DESPERADO.
But there is more to SNIDER than just his musical prowess and presence. He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire SNIDER family and their Long Island lifestyle. He was also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long-running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year-long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC. His autobiography Shut Up And Give Me The Mic was a huge success as was his Podcast Snider Comments. He also had a starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages, there isn’t much Dee can’t do. SNIDER has also just recently unleashed his critically acclaimed new album ‘For The Love Of Metal’
Now the legend himself Mr. DEE SNIDER is headed to Australia for a unique set of shows in Sydney and Melbourne!
Each city will be treated to one SPOKEN night and one SHOUTED! SPOKEN nights: these will see Dee being interviewed on stage and telling stories about his life, career and a real in-depth look at the man himself, then an audience question and answer forum. This will be a very intimate, once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus on these nights there will be a special VIP meet and greet opportunity available, which includes entry to the SPOKEN night, front and second row seats and the first 20 buyers get to ask Dee a question over the mic from the audience, and meet Dee after the event for a photo and 2 items signed.
The SHOUTED nights: These shows will see Dee hit the stage backed by his full band and slam out a killer setlist top heavy with classic TWISTED SISTER Material.
Don’t miss the chance to witness a true rock legend the frontman of TWISTED SISTER, DEE SNIDER on stage in two very different environments and two that he absolutely thrives in. If you are a true SMF, you won’t be Dee-sappointed!!!
DEE SNIDER JANUARY 2019 TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 31st January – Sydney – Manning – SPOKEN
Friday, 1st February – Sydney – Manning – SHOUTED!
Saturday, 2nd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SHOUTED!
Sunday, 3rd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SPOKEN
TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday, 23rd August, at 10:00am EST.