Album Review: Dee Snider – For The Love Of Metal

This is a song to listen to as you leave that desk, burn your passport, sleep with your boss’s wife, sleep with your boss, steal his car, run down a ticket officer, crash through a cardboard cut-out sundown and explode in a ball of flames, punching a cake out of a child’s mouth as you are flung from the wreckage. Fuck you.

Dee Snider, former 160lb mountain of makeup that fronted Twisted Sister on-and-off for 40 years, known to some for the anthemic We’re Not Gonna Take It, known to most through The SpongeBob Movie and known to none for the Christmas album A Twisted Christmas, releases his fourth solo album on the 27 July.

For the love of metal

Two things are apparent right from the start of the first track; first, Dee Snider’s voice has not withered, secondly, he’s pissed about something. ‘Lies Are A Business’ may not be the most original sounding track but it is the perfect way to kick off For The Love of Metal. A modern Stay Hungry, all the crazy of Twisted Sister but with the intensity cranked up.

For The Love Of Metal arose from a challenge from Jamey Jasta (of Hatebreed) to make a contemporary metal record and the influences show. The track ‘American Made’ glistens with influences from Metallica and Alice Cooper. Fine, arguably not quite contemporary, but when a track manages to be both a headbanger and a strutter that’s good enough for me. It has a perfectly sleazy sound to slip into the brutal gut punch that is ‘Roll Over You’. Hard to believe this track could get more in your face until “WE FUCKING DESPISE YOU!” is bellowed from the speakers. This is a song to listen to as you leave that desk, burn your passport, sleep with your boss’s wife, sleep with your boss, steal his car, run down a ticket officer, crash through a cardboard cut-out sundown and explode in a ball of flames, punching a cake out of a child’s mouth as you are flung from the wreckage. Fuck you.

This album is not quite contemporary metal, it’s what contemporary metal needs. When did it all become so pretentious? When did it lose the humour? When did metal musicians forget that four beats in a bar is just fine? For the Love of Metal, I’m glad this guy is back…

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For The Love OF Metal may not be groundbreaking or sophisticated, but for those of us who miss glam metal, and need something with a bit more sleaze than The Darkness, it is needed.

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