Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rant: Single-Release Bands That Need To Release New Material

There are many bands out there which fizzle and die after their debut album. Either they were only a side project, or an idea that was scrapped after leaving the studio. Whatever the reason for their break-up, these bands released one amazing album, and now need to release more.
A side project by David Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Probot was a collaboration between Grohl and some of metal's greats. Featuring vocals by Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Lemmy (Motörhead), Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), King Diamond (Solo, Mercyful Fate), and even a hidden track by Jack Black (Tenacious D). There are more, of course, but these were the big names.
Grohl stated that he wanted to team up with some of heavy metal's greatest from the 80's and 90's, people who influenced him in his endeavors. And I think this is the best thing that he has released to date. Now I don't like Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters are not great, so my view is already messed up right from the get-go, but I like this album. They are not all winners, but the songs featuring Lemmy and King Diamond are great. I would have liked to see more of a varied line-up for the actual instrumentation, as Grohl wrote and performed most of them on the album. So it was more like a "David Grohl With Guest Singers" album. But whatever, it is a good album, and seeing as it's been 5 years (it was released in 2003) I doubt we will see another Probot release.

Pride & Glory

Created in 1991, at Ozzy Osbourne's retirement (short lived that it was), Pride & Glory was guitarist, ZakkWylde's new band, before creating Black Label Society. While Wylde is known mostly for his heavy metal works, for this project he took a completely different approach. Pride & Glory is a southern rock band, in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Every song has that southern twang, and Wylde keeps a southern drawl through as well. On their only release, Pride & Glory, there are songs about women, wine, and friendship, all staples of southern music (I assume, I don't listen to country too much). I like every song off the album, with stand-outs being "Losin' Your Mind," "Toe'n The Line," and "Cry Me A River."
I like Zakk Wylde's other projects, from his solo album, his work with Ozzy Osbourne, or his current side band, Black Label Society, but by far my favorite work from him is the short lived Pride & Glory.

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