Live Review: NAMM Jam — The Grove, Anaheim
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 13:01:33
"You guys want to hear some fucking Pantera," bellowed Corey Taylor.
The Slipknot, Stone Sour and Junk Beer Kidnap Band frontman obviously knew the answer before the crowd at the Revolver Magazine-sponsored Dean Guitars NAMM Jam roared back with their cacophonous approval. That resounding yes put a big smile on Taylor's face and he immediately launched into one of the fieriest covers of "Walk" that's been heard in recent memory.
Machine Head's Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel ripped through the classic riff, while HELLYEAH'S Bobzilla bolted down the unshakable bass groove. Taylor stood at the eye of the metallic storm ripping through Phil Anselmo's immortal words with reverence and a new found power. Taylor picks up the metal mantle as the voice of the entire genre, and that was clear on the chorus line.
Backing him up with a truly possessive percussive prowess, Dustin Schoenhofer [Walls of Jericho] bashed out Vinnie Paul's grooves perfectly while adding some classic rock flare that'd make John Bonham proud in the process. "Walk" hasn't been covered like this ever before—with the kind of exultation and new fervor it deserves, and these men did Dean Guitars, NAMM, Revolver Magazine and Dimebag Darrell proud.
The jam was rounded out by Taylor tearing through equally phenomenal covers of "Breakin' The Law" and "Ace of Spades," and Mr. Dave Mustaine doing a phenomenal "Symphony of Destruction."
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Photo: Corey Soria