Thursday, 9 May 2019

Album Review: MARK MORTON - Anesthetic

Mark Morton - Anesthetic

01. Cross Off (feat. Chester Bennington)
02. Sworn Apart (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
03. Axis (feat. Mark Lanegan)
04. The Never (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
05. Save Defiance (feat. Myles Kennedy)
06. Blur (feat. Mark Morales)
07. Back From The Dead (feat. Josh Todd)
08. Reveal (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
09. Imaginary Days
10. Truth Is Dead (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

Anesthetic is the first solo album from Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton. As you can see from the track-listing, Mark has collaborated with an array of vocalists from the Rock and Metal world.

Most notably, the opening track features Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. I believe that this may have been the last thing he recorded before he died. Undoubtably, this tragedy has drawn a lot of interest to Mark's album, as fans not only get to hear Chester one last time, but also hear him singing on a badass Metal track. Many Linkin Park fans were disappointed at the Pop direction of their last release, and the band had been pulling away from the world of heavy music for a number of years, so hearing Chester's voice on a song of this calibre was an absolute treat.

Anesthetic has some great tracks, however each lead singer generally makes each song sound like the band they're from. In some cases, that's inevitable due to how distinguishable the vocalist is, but the songs do seem a little too tailored to the front-person. 

For example, Back From The Dead sounds like it could be a Buckcherry track and not just because Josh Todd is on it. The song has that upbeat Rock n' Roll feel synonymous with Buckcherry. I'd have liked to have heard Josh's vocal style weaved into something heavier and more groove-based than what we'd normally expect to hear him on. 

Another example of this is The Never with Chuck Billy on vocals. Being a Thrash-based song, it basically sounds like Testament.

Those are minor gripes really as this is still a very good album, and a refreshingly diverse one too. I just wish Mark had taken a few more risks with the lead singers, as things are a bit predictable in places. Cross Off with Chester is the perfect example of Mark getting it right, and consequently it's easily the stand out track on the album for me.


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