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Art Of Anarchy – Art Of Anarchy | Album Review

With over 150 million sales between its members, Art Of Anarchy are being referred to as a ‘mega’ group rather than just a ‘super’ group.

Source: Album Cover

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With over 150 million sales between its members, Art Of Anarchy are being referred to as a ‘mega’ group rather than just a ‘super’ group. Featuring bassist John Moyer of Disturbed, lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Guns N’ Roses and twin brothers Jon and Vince Votta, this was a line up with a lot of potential. And just to add to this, ex-Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland would also be lending his iconic vocal presence; though there seems to be some sort of disagreement going around whether he is actually part of the band or not…? (Not our problem!).

The self titled debut album features eleven tracks that the band put together to try to ‘break rock music boundaries’. To be honest, that’s a pretty big claim. Do they achieve this claim? To be honest, no, not really. Nevertheless, the album is definitely a rock album and more on the heavy side of the rock umbrella; you can definitely hear some of the influences of the band members being brought to the table here.

‘Black Rain’ opens the album with a beautiful show of guitar skill via a Spanish guitar solo that leads into ‘Small Batch Whisky’, which will have you nodding along and feeling like a cool rock star yourself. The problem, however, is that apart from these opening tracks, nothing else really jumps out at us an excites us. Sure, there are some slower tracks that have heavy and catchy(ish) choruses such as ‘Get On Down’ but it’s nothing we haven’t already heard before.

Unfortunately, the same goes for many aspects of the rest of the album. The guitar solos are extremely impressive and no one can fault that. ‘Grand Applause’, for example, is a track that is saved by the incredible talented guitar shredding that pops up towards the last third of the song. However, like mentioned before, guitar solos like this aren’t new to us and a song should not have to rely on one.

But there are some points on the album that do stand out and made us open our eyes a little wider. ‘Death Of It’ is very cleverly put together and we really wish the musicianship shown in this track was projected across the rest of the album. Unfortunately, our wish was too late and we were left with an album that doesn’t bring much excitement to our ears. The album is heavy, definitely rock but just isn’t as ‘mega’ as the line-up makes it out to be; instead, it’s just average.

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