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So glad Scott's back, but he is better than this


So as a major Creed and Scott Stapp fan, I tried to take off my fan glasses for this review to be as unbiased as possible. Let me first start out by saying, wow, what a comeback Scott has made. So glad he's done what few have been able to do by recovering from what he has. The Madness, Echo of a Scream, 1,000 Degrees, Somber, A Light in Me, and Afterburn are really good songs. So I think 60% of the album is extremely well written and hits on Scott's strongsuits. The only problem that I have with the other songs is that it seems like the chemistry is off. They either didn't flow melodically, or Bumblefoot had a generic solo. He did well on the other solos though. I don't know what in the world the band was going for with Dancing With The Devil. No Surrender has an amazing chorus to it, but seemed to be mixed differently than the other songs. Changed Man was a little cheesy and simple with the lyrics, and was also mixed weird. Won't Let You Down was the same with the off melody and simple lyrics. Once again, a much better album than the awful music we have today. I know how much Scott put into this. I bought the whole album and will listen constantly. However, I feel that Bumblefoot could have been a lot better and the producing/mixing could have been better as well.

Art Of Anarchy Will Capture You With "The Madness"


Rarely does a review of an album require a history lesson but this is a rare situation. You see Art Of Anarchy has become a band you should know but got lost until now. The band was first formed in 2014 by Jon and Vince Votta, John Moyer, and Bumblefoot. They in turn added Scott Weiland to the group to be their voice and help write their self titled debut album. But that's when things turned because as the band was set to release their self titled debut in 2015, Weiland made it public that it was just a hired gig for him and he had no intention or interest to continue with the band. While the debut album was strong it never truly took off because of the statements by Weiland and his passing meant there was no chance at rebuilding.

I, as did many, thought it meant that was it for the band. That was until last summer when Art Of Anarchy announced they'd be continuing on with Scott Stapp. This had me highly optimistic and then the release of the first single "The Madness" turned my optimism into excitement.

Then in October Art Of Anarchy played their first ever show at The Gramercy Theater in NYC. I was lucky enough to hear a few demos of the album that night before the show before being completely blown away by the band live. A band that was essentially new to each other on stage playing like they've been together for years. Here's some video I got from that show.

Now their story is coming to it's next step with their sophomore album The Madness. An album bands usually dread but for Art Of Anarchy it's not the case. There is nothing to dread from this album. There's so much energy and power behind this album that I can't see anyone not liking it.

Aside from the lead single they pack this album with hard hitting tracks, inspirational tracks, and even a few grooves that you might not expect. "Won't Let You Down" is one of those groove driven tracks that have a chorus you can easily single along with but the song itself highlights Vince Votta on drums. Everyone knows the drums and base usually lead a song but both Votta and John Moyer stand out prominently on this song.

If you want hard, heavy hitting tracks that'll make you whip out your air guitar then look no further than "Light In Me", "Afterburn", and "Echo Of A Scream". These are pure blood pumping adrenaline songs with solos from Bumblefoot that just further solidify his place as one of the best guitarists in rock and metal today.

Of course Scott Stapp fits perfectly to the whole album. There is not one song where you even question or cringe. Every note is as it should be and his timing is perfect. I'd even go so far as the say he was the missing piece of Art Of Anarchy. Taking nothing away from Scott Weiland on the debut album but the more I listen to The Madness to more it feels like Stapp is meant to be the voice of Art Of Anarchy and Art Of Anarchy is the band for him.

Usually a sophomore album is a dud album for bands but that's not the case for Art Of Anarchy. The Madness is the true introduction to this band and, mark my words, will be in everyone's Top Album's on 2017 at the end of the year. So join The Madness because Art Of Anarchy is going to be rocking you for years to come.

About Art of Anarchy

An all-star American hard rock unit with an impressive pedigree, Art of Anarchy were formed in 2014 by twin siblings Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums), Disturbed bass player John Moyer, and Guns N' Roses' guitarist Ronald Jay Blumenthal, better known by his stage name Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. The idea for the group began percolating in 2011, with producer/guitarist Bumblefoot recording studio sessions in the downtime between GNR shows. In 2014, the band sought out Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and asked him to both sing on the record and help pen it, which he did, but by the time the eponymous debut album was released in June 2015, Weiland had begun to distance himself from the project, citing it as just a paid job that he had no intentions of committing to further. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus from an accidental drug overdose later that December, and the following year, rumors began circulating that Scott Stapp (Creed) would be taking over vocal duties. The band eventually made it official, welcoming Stapp into the fold and releasing a new single, "The Madness," in anticipation of their forthcoming Century Media-issued sophomore long-player. That album, also entitled The Madness, appeared in March 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger

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