Friday, October 13, 2017

FDF Volume 4 Issue 386 - Probot - Self Titled

Album – Probot
Artist - Probot
Key Players – Dave Grohl virtually “everything   See each track for more information
Produced By - Various

Release Date- February 10, 2004

Overview – This was a side project of Dave Grohl.  Here he has instrumentals and other tracks recording with musicians he “admired”.  Grohl played most of the instruments on the album, but was featured on drums for the entire collection.

FDF Comments (aka “the songs”) – We will break this down a little differently since there were so many guest spots and go track by track in a list format.
Centuries of Sin (features Cronos of Venom) – a drone loop begins the track and it slowly builds over the first 45 seconds until the guitar and drums come up.  The tempo is quick and Cronos begins to sing.  There is a heavy growl to his voice but it suits the track.  Grohl is heavy on the drums to match the feel, a great opener.

Red War (features Max Cavalera of Sepiltura and Soulfly) – keeping with the big drums Grohl makes heavy work seem simple setting up for Cavalera’s vocals.  Per the liner notes the track was written just a few weeks before 9/11 and since then have taken a new meaning to the lyricist.  

Shake your Blood (features Lemmy of Motorhead) – with Lemmy on bass and vocals it’s a Motorhead song..its that simple.

Access Babylon (features Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity) -  Even from the start this track didn’t grab me.  It is what it is.

Silent Spring (features Kurt Brecht of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles D.R.I) – The sheer “thunder” of this track is worth multiple spins.  If you want to shake the dust off your brain, this one will do it.  The vocals are pretty clean, even though they seemingly are spat at you (which is fine)

Ice Cold Man (features Lee Dorian of Napalm Death and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden) – Thayil does add a noticeable layer to the track with his guitar.  This is the “slowest” track (at least the speed of vocals delivered) up to this point, but it still has a thunder rumble to it.

The Emerald Law (features Wino of Saint Vitus and Obsessed) – Seemingly quiet at the start the drums roll the tempo with some bass portions tossed in as Wino slowly comes up.  After part of the first verse we are off to the races and the track takes off.  There is a great guitar solo and it slams back down to wrap it up (I feel like Jack Black come out vocally too..a little harder/bolder version of him, but I keep “hearing” Jack Black vocally)

The Big Sky (features Tom Warrior of Celtic Frost) – This just feels like a simple 4x4 rock tune.  Didn’t really pull me in much.

Dictatosaurs (features Snake of Voivod) -  The speed is back on this track, and Grohl hits them as heavy as ever.  Vocally this track seems to have the most layers too it as well, almost with harmonized chorus’ portions as well.

My Tortured Soul (features Eric Wagner of Trouble) – Track has some big swampy blues riff feel to it.  Reminds me a lot of “Goatsnake” material.  Just these big buzzy guitars but sort of a laid back howling vocal (if that makes ANY sense).  This has piqued my interest in the band “Trouble” as well.

Sweet Dreams (features King Diamond and Kim Thayil) – No this is not a cover tune.  The slow intro is awash with percussion instruments and King keeps the tension before opening up.  His trademark screams are evident and the track keeps a pretty steady pace.  Thayil has a great solo in the track and it ties it up strongly.

I am the Warlock (features Jack Black) – The “hidden track” on the record.  It starts at the 8:55 area of the prior track.  Black sings with a heavy growl, but it is easy to pick him out.  The music is as heavy as its been on the tracks of the album.  A pretty fun “find” on the album.

Where are they Now? -  David is still very active.  A new Foo Fighters single is already out and a new album (and tour) is sure to follow.

FDF Overall Take/Was it worth Dusting Off?
– Considering it took Dave over 4 years to complete this project its pretty solid.  A co-worker of mine is RAVENOUS for this record and that had be back listening.  Its good, and it is great to hear some of these guys doing something a little “different”.  Worth tracking down if you are fan of Dave, or any of the cast members honestly.

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