Album of the Week: Art Of Anarchy, 'Art Of Anarchy'
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:02:20
The union of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver voice Scott Weiland, ex-Guns N' Roses guitar slinger Bumblefoot, Disturbed's John Moyer, and the Votta brothers is a match made in rock heaven.
Art Of Anarchy nail Album of the Week with their self-titled debut for Another Century/Century Media Records. In case you haven't heard, the band boasts Disturbed bassist John Moyer, former Guns N' Roses shredder Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, and the Votta brothers—Jon on guitar and Vince on drums. Behind the mic, we get none other than one of rock's most recognizable and iconic voices Mr. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots— and Velvet Revolver —fame.
Suffice it to say, this is a rather momentous occasion for rock ‘n' roll fans. However, what's so striking about Art Of Anarchy is how much the group feels different from what it's pedigree might suggest. That's the real raw power of this union. This isn't an extension of any previous project. It's a new animal unto itself. Moreover, it's possibly the most psychedelic record Weiland's sang on since Core, and it redefines Bumblefoot's virtuoso status yet again. That's an added bonus.
The pouring drizzle at the start of "Black Rain" entwines with a creeping roll of Spanish guitar, a consistent motif throughout the record, and it really sets the tone for the storm gathering up ahead. Everything snaps into a succinct and slick groove that really gives Weiland the perfect launch pad to strut his vocal prowess as a wah pedal resounds. It's a wiry evocation of emotion, and it punctuates "Small Batch of Whisky" as well. The Sabbath-size guitar groan of "Time Everytime" matches up with Weiland's near-theatrical delivery, conjuring a real banger.