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"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse


3.13.2004

Grrrrrrrohl 

Dave Grohl continues to play a hand in some of the best alternative hard rock coming down the pike these days. A while back I bought the latest Queens of the Stone Age album, Songs for the Deaf, based in part on a good review but more because Grohl was on drums. Since then I've been a Queens junky.

Recently I picked up the new Killing Joke album (self-titled) mainly because Grohl, again, was sitting in on skins. I've liked Killing Joke in the past but was never really that into them. But this new album is a huge evolution. It absolutely rocks! The music is fierce and pounding with Grohl and bassist Youth charging hard underneath a wall of guitars and Jaz Coleman's apocalyptic vocals. Coleman's voice flows between touching honesty, a slytherin parseltongue, and Sauron on a bad day, railing against the prevailing corporate globalcide attempting to homogenize and commodify the planet, and hinting at the occult underpinnings of much of the fraternal networks vying for power. Absolutely brilliant and inspired - I can't stop listening.

And just yesterday I bought the new Probot album. Grohl wrote all the songs and played almost all of the music, then sent 'em out to many of his favorite thrash & metal vocalists of the 80's and early 90's. Tracks include Lemmy from Motorhead, Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity, Kurt Brecht from DRI, Wino, Snake from Voivod, and King Diamond, among others. The music is hard and fast, sometimes more thrash and other times more metal. Definitely not for the weak, but compelling at least to see what Grohl can do unfettered. The vocalists all deliver excellent performances and the diversity adds more depth and replay value to the album. Great stuff when you're in the mood to thrash!

Now, what about those rumors that he'll be sitting in on the Zeppelin reunion tour...?

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