Many 80’s hard rock mainstays have attempted to transition into a more modern metal sound. Many times, it comes with laughable results. Dee Snider is one of the few that seems to pull it off with authenticity on 2021’s ‘Leave a Scar.’
While I would certainly love to hear something along the lines of Stay Hungry or Love is for Suckers (shut up,it rules), I have to hand it to Dee; this is a solid metal album. It’s interesting that Dee’s name rarely gets brought up with the top singers of the 80’s rock scene. This album shows that he’s not lost a thing from four-plus decades in the business.
With guitarists Nick Petrino and Charlie Bellmore, and bassist Russell Pzutto and engineer Nick Bellmore on drums, ‘Leave a Scar’ has a lot of meat on the bone when it comes to vocals, riffs, drumming, and production. There’s a lot of Judas Priest and Anthrax vibes coming from this album. It’s nothing groundbreaking but a lot of fun to listen to.
Between this album and the previous release, ‘For the Love of Metal,’ Dee Snider shows that he’s still got a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
Did it make my Top 15? Listen to the upcoming Decibel Geek Podcast Best of 2021 and find out.
Favorite songs ‘All or Nothing More,’ ‘Before I Go,’ ‘Open Season,’ ‘In For the Kill.’
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Daniel “Dee” Snider (born March 15, 1955) is an American singer, songwriter, radio personality, and actor. He is the lead singer and songwriter of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He was ranked 83 in the Hit Parader‘s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.
On May 27, 2021 Dee Snider announced his new upcoming solo album Leave A Scar. He also released the single “I Gotta Rock (Again)” which he described as the “driving motivation” and “starting gun for this album”. Leave A Scar will be produced by Jamey Jasta, the lead singer of the band Hatebreed, with mixing and mastering done by Nick Bellmore. The album features guest appearances by Cannibal Corpse‘s singer Corpsegrinder on the track “Time To Choose”. Music videos were released for the songs “I Gotta Rock (Again)”, “Down But Never Out”, and “Time To Choose”. The album was released on July 30, 2021.