DEE SNIDER

"Leave a Scar" (Napalm Music; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

We of a certain age know the voice of Dee Snider as the singer of the beloved Twister Sister and in 1984, that was the music in demand. I actually still have my Twisted Sister cassette! (If you donít know what Twisted Sister is, ask your parents).

MTV was ripe for Twisted Sister and their music in the 80s. However, "Leave a Scar" is not your mid-80s Dee Snider music. This shit is tight, fun and in-your-face and is best played fucking loud.

It is a good thing to have Dee Snider's vocals around. It's familiar, like an old friend ... or very strange relative. The name of the recording is "Leave A Scar" and, after listening to it, I may just have a few new memorable scars in my psyche.

Deeís band and guests are a Who's Who of metal music. When combined with killer production and, of course, the incomparable voice of Dee himself, this release is simply one brutal sonic assault.

Check him out online at www.deesnider.com to stream "Down But Never Out," while you can.

I thoroughly enjoyed this recording and now I am going to have to check out the other Dee Snider solo projects. And, of course, bring out the old tape cassette and check out the 1984 Twisted Sister masterpiece "Stay Hungry."

For more information, check out http://www.deesnider.com

"For the Love of Metal" (Napalm Music; 2018)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Dee Snider's "For The Love of Metal" is simply one great heavy metal release. In my opinion, Snider does not have the greatest metal voice, but what he does have is a shitload of attitude and this recording is loaded with it. 

Dee surrounds himself with a cast of characters that delivers a one-two metal punch that sounds better when it is really loud. This is a mixture of some of the top metal personalities in today's heavy music scene.  It is produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and does not stop there. There is also Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage, Mark Morton from Lamb Of God, Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore from Toxic Holocaust and Charlie Bellmore from Kingdom Of Sorrow. 

This is a high powered conglomeration of todayís heavy music and it gets better the more you listen to ... and, of course, it sounds much better when it's really fucking loud. Simply a brutal assault on the ears!

For more information, check out http://www.deesnider.com

"We are the Ones" (EarMusic; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Dee Snider, lead vocalist for the legendary heavy metal band Twisted Sister, returns with his third solo CD and the bottom line is, if you like Dee, you're gonna like this CD, too.

"We are the Ones" is mostly solid rockers, perhaps not quite as heavy as your typical Twisted Sister song but solid enough. What's interesting is that the album reminds me of a late era Alice Cooper album, like "Lace and Whiskey" or "The Last Temptation." The songs are mostly hard rock songs -- really not heavy metal songs -- and there are a few times that Dee takes it in a direction you're not expecting. Perhaps not as far as his last solo album, "Dee Does Broadway," but more in a hard rock direction in the vein of the aforementioned Alice Cooper or even (gasp!) Bon Jovi.

Interestingly, the anthem style that Dee is so great at creating and performing is all over this album, despite the sonic changes. 

Also included on this album is the acoustic version of Twisted Sister's classic song, 'We're Not Gonna Take It.," a track that will benefit Criss Angel's HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) charity. It's basically just Dee and a piano. If you, like me, laughed when you first heard about this, I urge you to give it a chance. Amazingly, the song is just as powerful, perhaps in a different way, than the original Twisted Sister version, especially if you watch the video that Angel directed for the song.

"We are the Ones" may not be the Dee Snider you're expecting from Twisted Sister, but you won't be disappointed. It's another reminder that, no matter how ridiculous Dee and the guys may have looked when Twisted Sister began, these are a group of musicians with real talent. "We are the Ones" is just further evidence of that.

For more information, check out http://www.deesnider.com

"Never Let the Bastards Wear You Down" (Koch; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The ten songs on this CD were written by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider for various projects throughout the years. These are his favorite songs of the tunes that were "rejected" by other band members, friends and record executives. At first blush, that's not exactly the best collection of songs to gather together and release on one CD, now is it?

Once you spin "Bastards," however, you come to realize that some of these songs deserve to be recorded. Starting with the first track, "Hard Core," a fiery little ditty written about and for the legendary Lemmy of Motorhead (a tune Motorhead performed on the soundtrack to the film "Fresno Smooth"), this CD contains some pretty good stuff. Snider says that he always writes way too many songs for each album. Apparently, when you "overwrite" each album, a lot of good stuff gets left on the rehearsal room floor.

Other tunes worth mentioning include "Call My Name," a desperate cry for fame, "Our Voice Will Be Heard," a "We're Not Gonna Take It"-like anthem, an admittedly Aerosmith-y number called "Sometimes You Win" and a heartfelt ode to Snider's wife, Suzette, entitled "Rider Through the Storm."

There are a few less-than-stellar efforts here as well. A cover of the 50s classic, "The Wanderer" is one of them (didn't you learn anything from the "Leader of the Pack" debacle, Dee?) and "Uh Huh Huh," Snider's attempt to write a Led Zeppelin rip-off (which he freely admits) and comes off too much like Elvis (also admitted in the liner notes).

Twisted Sister and Dee Snider fans don't have to think twice - this record should be in your collection.

Appearing on "Never Let the Bastards Wear You Down" are: Dee Snider - vocals; Tony Palmucci - guitars; Derek Tailer - bass; A.J. Pero - drums; Dan McCafferty - guitars.

For more information, check out http://www.deesnider.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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