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A Fitting Tribute and an Excellent Album.
on 18 February 2004
What an amazing career Dave Grohl has had. As a drummer and stabilising influence in Nirvana, as a songwriter and guitarist with the Foos, and again as session drummer on the Queens of the Stone Age's latest effort this is a rock star who's musical credentials are in no doubt what so ever. Apparently Dave recorded the Probot tracks for fun in his home studio and came up with the idea of drafting in seminal metal vocalists at a later stage. Given this knowledge Probot could easily have been a ludicrously bad vanity project. However, what it actually is a technically superb, affectionately retrospective metal album in the late 80's - early 90's mould. What else should we expect from a man who has done as much as anyone else on the planet to bring the 'really damn big riff' into the mainstream.
I think the most immediately apparent thing about this record is how genuine it all feels. The songs are crafted to pay tribe and not to satirise the featured artists. Although I couldn't possibly name standout tracks amongst such gems 'Shake Your Blood' with Lemmy really feels like classic era Motorhead pumped full steroids and the totally immense 'Centuries of Sin' featuring Chronos takes some vaguely Venomesque dynamics and channels them straight into an adrenaline soaked, straight ahead riff-fest. I could go on all day like this but, certainly I couldn't stop writing with mentioned that 'Ice Cold Man' with Lee Dorian is utterly excellent and a fitting counterpoint to his work with Cathedral.
The production on Probot is not so much super-modern and flawless and dirty, loud and evocative of the eras to which they pay tribute (see Red War with Max Cavelera). Finally, rather than using his no-doubt considerable swing to have Probot relased on some high profile major label Dave has done much to enhance his already astronomical credibility by releasing it on the indy label Southern Lord (and the CD comes with the labels current catalogue).
Heres to you Boyo!