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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B00012M5S2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Centuries of Sin feat Cronos
  2. Red War feat Max Cavalera
  3. Shake Your Blood feat Lemmy
  4. Access Babylon feat Mike Dean
  5. Silent Spring feat Kurt Brecht
  6. Ice Cold Man feat Lee Dorrian
  7. The Emerald Law feat Wino
  8. Big Sky feat Tom G Warrior
  9. Dictatorsaurus feat Snake
  10. My Tortured Soul feat Eric Wagner
  11. Sweet Dreams feat King Diamond

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Probot - Probot (Southern Lord / Roswell Records, SUNN30) - EAN: 808720003024 - Probot was a heavy metal side project of ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters lead guitarist and lead-singer Dave Grohl. Described by Grohl as "a death metal Supernatural", the album mixes instrumentals recorded by Grohl himself with various metal singers which the musician idolized. The album was released in February 2004 by Southern Lord Records and featured one single entitled "Centuries Of Sin" / "The Emerald Law".

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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!
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Not being a Foo fighters/ Nirvana fan I approached this album with suspicion initially. However after a weeks repeated listening it has firmly captivated and brought me back to my youth. Like many metal fans in my agegroup, bands like DRI, Voivod and Motorhead were staples of my diet growing up. Its great to hear the old voices again, especially so well produced and with such a good musician as Dave Grohl providing the backing sounds. Grohl has written each song to suit the style of the singer and this gives the album a compilation feel rather than that of a unit. In my opinion there isnt really a weak point to this album. Obvious highlights are Red War with the peerless Max Cavalera, Silent Spring with DRIs Kurt Brecht and Centuries of Sin with Cronos.
All the tracks have something to offer and have introduced me to some bands that I heard of but never sampled such as Trouble and
The Obsessed whose back catalogues I will be checking out. In this world of nu metal and lite metal this album is something to savour and proves that the originals are still the best. That in itself justifies the buying of this record. Dave Grohl take a bow.
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Anyone who's interested knows the story by now; Dave Grohl writes a bunch of old-school style Metal tunes and gets his favourite vocalists to sing on them. Now it's finally released though, what everyone wants to know is, does it justify the hype? Basically, yes it does. It sounds pretty much as you'd expect it to do with each vocalist's song sounding similar to his own permanant band, so 'Shake Your Blood' featuring Lemmy sounds like classic Motorhead, 'Red War' with Max Cavalera sounds like Soulfly (not Sepultura unfortunately!) and so on. As an up-to-date celebration of all things old-school Heavy Metal it works very well indeed and classic HM fans will certainly enjoy this. Personal favourite songs are those featuring Cathedral's Lee Dorian and Trouble's Eric Wagner, though in truth there isn't a weak track on it. One final note, the much-mentioned secret, hidden track featuring a 'surprise guest' vocalist is excellent, though when you find out who the special guest is, chances are you won't actually be that surprised!
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Everything Dave Grohl turns his hands to turn to gold. From the first listen I was hooked. To think he was being overshadowed by Kurt Cobain in Nirvana. I know where the real talent lies. No disrespect intended to Cobain but to me Dave Grohl can play guitar bass drums and also write great songs and ballads
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From the first thundering bass line right to the last cymbal fade it's pure metal....with the mighty Grohl on drums (and everything else).

Is this man the luckiest man in the world?

Yes, yes I think he is.
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Seriously, some Foo Fighters fans bought this and were surprised they didn't like it? Can't be very big Foo Fighters fans if they didn't know what Grohl was up to with this project before it came out.

Everyone with a modicum of music knowledge knew this was Grohl playing drums on some seriously heavy metal. Not just '80s metal, as one reviewer seems to think, but black and doom stuff. Just look at the vocalists. Cronos (Venom, black metal), Lee Dorrian (Cathedral, doom metal), Wino (St Vitus, doom metal) and so on. The only "'80s metal" singer there is King Diamond. And Lemmy, as we all know, is a genre unto himself.

Now, whether or not you like this album is going to come down to one thing (or 11). Whether or not you like the singers. The fact that Grohl's on it doesn't matter in the slightest. It could be any half-decent drummer. It really doesn't matter. The different voices are what will make, or break this album for you. If you don't like the voices, you won't like the album, it's as simple as that. Of course, if you don't like extreme metal and are buying it just because you're a Grohl fan then you're not much of a well informed Grohl fan, because you're not going to like this one bit.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Dorrian, Lemmy, Cronos, Mike Dean and Wino. I don't like Max Cavalera for the most part, or King Diamond, and the others I was hithtofor unfamiliar with. So it's a 50/50 album for me, going in. Coming out, it's better than that. The other singers proved to be pretty good.

Still don't like Cavalera though. His brother got all the talent there.
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