Well, I listened to some metal today — Zombie (EP), the 2010 release by The Devil Wears Prada. Frankly … not my thing. I’m cool with metal but I think Sesame Street is a much better gig for Cookie Monster. Something a guitarist pointed out to me years ago – he said “I love distortion, but it also hides the poor playing of a lot of musicians.”
This album did feature a few things that I enjoyed – things that switched it up and gave it any redeeming depth and texture …
- Escape – Thunder at the beginning of track one … some speaking mid-track of a guy on communicating what he’s seeing over a walkie-talkie or a phone … a car (or some such) alarm being used musically … groaning zombies.
- Anatomy – Starts out with the sound of a nearby chainsaw. It’s also really sweet when they kick into sound like they’re backed by a late-80s/early-90s boy band. Way to bring it back guys, right on!
- Outnumbered – Starts with a report warning of danger (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news agency, etc). Yeah, that’s about the only good thing I have to say about this track.
- Revive – There was a little bit of music and singing in here that wasn’t speed guitars and Cookie Monster. I’m good with metal speed guitars, drums, etc …. but the Cookie Monster thing …. bleh! Really there is very little good I can say about this track. Suffice to say, not everything is for everyone.
- Survivor – I listened to this track three times before typing here. I can’t tell anything special about this track. It’s all the noise of the first four tracks and nothing terribly interesting.
In Conclusion… I may listen to this album again for a few of the ‘texture’ ideas, but I don’t see myself listening to it out of interest, inspiration, or especially to feel anything other than frazzled out of my mind. To each their own, not my thing.
Cookie Monster Metal at Wikipedia
Lyrics to Zombie (EP) because I can’t tell what the heck they’re singing … maybe I’m showing my age.