Thursday, January 11, 2007

Album Review: "Army of Anyone" (2006)

I generally like supergroups - Coverdale/Page, Velvet Revolver, and the Dio-led Black Sabbath, to name a few - so when I heard that the vocalist from Filter was teaming up with the DeLeo brothers from Stone Temple Plilots, I was into it. Things became even more promising when I learned that the legendary Bob Ezrin was producing, he of Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper and KISS fame.

However, as good as this looked on paper, and as the light psychedelic touches of STP and angry yet restrained vocals of Patrick over top of grungy, left-over Iommi-esque riffs with a modern touch come together as you expect they would, quite frankly, it just doesn't work all that well in the end.

After listening to this album, you're ever-so-faintly satisfied along the same lines as you would be after inhaling of a big feed of Chinese takeout: you know you ate something, and it was all right going down, but your expectations are never quite met and you know you'll end up wolfing down the old familiar bowl of cereal within a couple of hours because sadly, things just didn't hit the spot.

Overall rating: 6/10


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