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  • I honestly don’t understand some of the one-star reviews below. There seems to be a lot of Dave Grohl bashing, but it’s pretty clear that he’s one of the most talented musicians in rock music today. From his hardcore punk days in the 1980s, to the legendary Nirvana, the Foo Fighters (probably the best alternative/modern rock band ever), and stints with QOTSA and Killing Joke, you can’t go wrong with a Dave Grohl project. During all this time, he still found inspiration to come up with these 12 odes to the underground 80’s metal scene that he loved so much.Many people complain about this being a vanity project. Does the cover say “Dave Grohl’s Probot”? Nope. Did it come packaged with a Foo Fighters album? Did anyone FORCE you to buy this? No. Then shut up. I don’t look at this at a vanity project so much as Dave just rocking out. If anything, he’s helping to keep artists like Tom G. Warrior, Cronos, and King Diamond relevant and helping them find new, younger fanbases. I bet Probot is responsible for moving more than a few Venom, Celtic Frost, and Mercyful Fate records. Plus, Grohl insisted on this record being released on an independent label (the superb Southern Lord Records) rather than a major label. Also, he got Away (from Voivod) to do the cover artwork. Okay, it might be a bit vain, but it’s so freakin’ cool that you can’t complain.So, on these twelve tracks, Dave calls on the skills of some of the best to lend some vocal support: Cronos, Max Cavalera, Lemmy, Mike Dean, Kurt Brecht, Lee Dorrian, Wino, Tom G. Warrior, Snake, Eric Wagner, King Diamond, and uhh…Jack Black. Each song sounds great and fairly unique, leading to my one minor complaint with this CD. The songs tend to sound like unreleased tracks from the singers’ former bands. I’ve read that Grohl wrote half the songs, figured out who would fit with the song and sent them out, then wrote the rest with singers already in mind. That certainly explains “Red War.” No one but Max would fit with the song’s sound and structure. But that’s a pretty minor complaint for a record that overall pretty much rules the school.If you’re even remotely into metal, you should probably pick this one up, then maybe find some records from Trouble, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Celtic Frost, DRI, Cathedral, Napalm Death, The Obsessed……

    Posted on January 4, 2010