Released: Jul 2013
Label: Elm City Music
With prog-metal dudes from Dream Theater and Symphony X, this quasi-supergroup is heavy but not humble: Too-long songs; wackily explosive guitar noodling; Russell Allen's operatics getting Sir Lord Baltimore-shrieky now and then. He's got a passable classic-rock croon, too. But more often he raps wrestler-like above a bull-in-china-shop klutz-funk groove that's as much late Gn'R as Pantera. Halestorm's Lzzy Hale helps him kick Duran Duran's soulful "Come Undone," and things end with a blatant "Train Kept A Rollin'" rewrite featuring Robert Plant-style sex moans. A mess, but at times a fun one.
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