Review: Brian Posehn's "Grandpa Metal"
The idea of a comedy album is actually a lot more difficult than it may seem. Not only does an artist need to construct a well-crafted collection of songs, but the lyrical content must make people laugh. Anyone can record an album but doing so with the intention of providing humour is not a task an artist should take lightly. Last week, Brian Posehn succeeded in both the creation of a decent heavy metal album while simultaneously not taking himself too seriously. Grandpa Metal proves how the metal community will accept just about anything or anyone, as long as it’s loud and proud.
As a writer/actor/comedian and now established musician, Brian Posehn managed to create a tuneful compilation comprising of amusing covers and originals. He garnered the attention of heavy metal and hard rock royalty and managed to recruit members of Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Slayer and Soundgarden to assist him with the project.
Narrating his story throughout the entire record, Posehn begins with “Intro to Satan.” It’s here where he diminishes heavy metal’s pledge to rebellion and immediately commences track two, “Satan’s Kind of a Dick” featuring Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Slayer’s Gary Holt. It’s loud and fast and seems to hit everything you want in a heavy metal song, while also featuring the comedic intellect of Posehn’s lyrics.
Following Posehn’s nightmare with Satan his Grandma provides him a family history lesson on “One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy.” Listeners are then treated to a phone call with Weird Al, before they have the pleasure of listening to a version on a-ha’s “Take on Me.” The 80s pop classic is a true highlight on the album and features everyone from Jill Janus to Chuck Billy and Rob Cavestany.
The album ends on a high note with a version of 2013’s “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say).” Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Steel Panther’s Michael Starr lend their hand at vocals and turn the already irritating EDM anthem into something a lot more tolerable.
Check out Brian Posehn's Grandpa Metal if you want to hear a bunch of heavy metal legends coming together for a guaranteed good time.