ANIMAL “900 Lb. Steam” /CD/

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The debut full-length album by American Heavy Metal band.
Animal (later Randy Piper's Animal) is the band of W.A.S.P. former guitarist Randy Piper (also ex- Alice Cooper, etc).
So, this is supposed to be the music that W.A.S.P. never dared to put out in order to preserve the band's flame?
It was somewhere around the late '80s that the idea for Animal first crawled to the surface, then for one reason or another, nothing ever became of it. And then Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. rolled right along, going from menacing to mellow to downright mean, with and without Holmes, and makeshift as ever from one to the next.
Of course, the band's name comes off the most controversial 80s Metal song issued. "Animal (F**k Like A Beast)" marked W.A.S.P.'s risky - and eventually successful - affair with fame and fortune. Now, the title steps in for this newly formed act driven by ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, credited in the Shock' Rock masters first two colossal albums "W.A.S.P." (1984) and "The Last Command" (1985).
One consolation at least for Randy, his leaving came at the right time as W.A.S.P. went on to create the weakest album of their prime, and have never really rivaled the intensity of the two guitar attack, in spite of Lawless' taking over. Now here's the irony of it all. Not only does he emerge from relative obscurity that even went so far as to include a rumor of his death a few years ago, but no, not only does Piper come back, he's brought two old W.A.S.P. buddies with him for what is essentially the blood and guts core group of their early '80s heyday.
So instantaneously, through Animal, W.A.S.P. fans from the very beginning have what they've been waiting for, with the one notable exception of course. This record smashes and scatters the remains of today's tough guy acts. There's been a certain amount of murmur regarding the participation of fellow ex-W.A.S.P. warriors Chris Holmes and Tony Richards in the Animal ranks, but nothing do in the inner sleeve lineup notes of the promo CD. Really, did they ever record a single not for this one?
The title track roars forth in an immediate groundbreaking swell of rhythmic propulsion that right away signals the start of something big, loud, and chorally nasty. The singer is vintage late '80s Hair Metal and club Rock with a higher croon than someone like... well like Lawless, and a bit throatier like an ex-Mötley Crüe rodent Rocker named Corabi.
Some good riffing here and there, some interesting leads and - overall - the same-titled tune itself are the 'pros' of Animal's debut creation. "900 Lb. Steam" sees another target group needed for Randy Piper. This is clear. If you're not that bored after the music over, maybe it's this style you like from now on!
Perris Records, 2002 (PER 01222). Made in USA. First press.


Tracklist:
1. 900 Lb. Steam 4:06
2. Pissed Off 3:58
3. Dog Food 5:04
4. Never 5:38
5. Another Victim 6:04
6. Feeling Nowhere 5:11
7. Medicine Man 6:02
8. Talk Too Much 4:52
9. Hunting Season 3:55
Total playing time: 44:50


Samples: http://www.last.fm

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