The voice is familiar; powerful, and as strong as it’s ever been. But the music is not that of Twisted Sister. It is Dee Snider’s solo band, with its new release [July 2018], For the Love of Metal (Napalm Records). In the 90’s, Snider had a band, Widow Maker, which released two solid records. This solo work is heavier! And why not?! It’s produced by none other than Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)! This record is not of the Hardcore genre, but it is a banger, nonetheless. And there are many folks stopping by to make a contribution – Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust), and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom of Sorrow).
True to the hallmark of Twisted Sister, this album is very anthemic. The hook of a catchy chorus you’ll find in Tomorrow’s No Concern, Become the Storm, and (the title track) For the Love of Metal; but is especially found in the track, American Made. The political shot over the proverbial bow is found in the opener, Lies are a Business. Also true to form are the highly motivating, overcomer-type bops – I Am the Hurricane, Roll Over You, Mask, Become the Storm, and The Hardest Way. There are a few songs that deserve a special mention: I’m Ready is a more personal track concerning the death of Dee’s mother during the making of this record. Running Mazes is an incredible song, which actually delves into the Metalcore genre. And Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy) is a surprise, where, Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), with “clean vocals,” performs nothing short of a duet with Snider. If this track is a ballad, then it’s a [modern] power ballad.
I don’t want to overlook the musicianship of the rest of the band (and musical guests). The rhythm section, here, is bold; lots of double kicks and crushing riffs. The lead guitar is ripping fast, and its scorch is matched only by Dee’s soring, and often gravelly, vocals. This line-up has combined Dee Snider’s time honored traditions and trademarks with modern power metal, and mixed masterfully for optimal sound.
Favorite Songs: I Am the Hurricane, Running Mazes, and Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)