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Dee Snider puts modern metal twist on ‘Love’

Dee Snider performs at the "I Want My 80's" Concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2015 in New York City. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Dee Snider “For the Love of Metal” (Napalm)

This cover image released by Napalm Records shows "For the Love of Metal," the latest release by Dee Snider. (Napalm via AP)

“For the Love of Metal,” the latest release by Dee Snider. | Napalm via AP

Dee Snider, the Long Island mouth that roared on all-time rock classics including “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” already did the solo thing in the early ’90s while Twisted Sister was on hiatus.

But apparently there was something deeper, darker and heavier brewing within Snider that even he might not have known was there. (And this from a man who wrote a horror movie about a killer who sews victims’ mouths shut.)

That darkness shines on “For the Love of Metal,” a project that came about when Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta dared Snider to make a modern metal album. The result is heavy on growls, guttural snarls and bowel-rattling bass and guitar riffs.

It’s difficult to imagine that a guy old enough to collect Social Security can melt your face deep into his fifth decade in the heavy metal biz. But he does. And Snider garnishes these tracks with just enough attitude to appeal to his ’80s fans. “Lies Are a Business” is steeped in today’s nu-metal riffage, yet it employs a twin-lead guitar solo that could have been ripped from Accept’s “Fast As A Shark.”

“Roll Over You” sounds like an extended Twisted Sister stage rant set to music, and lyrics that are as offensively unprintable at the start as they are at the very end.

The true reveal here is “Tomorrow’s No Concern,” in which Dee seemingly lets go of his considerable ’80s legacy, saying he doesn’t need it because he’s got today well in hand.

It sure sounds like it.

WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press


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