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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B00012M5S2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Centuries Of Sin ( W/ Cronos / Venom)
2. Red War ( W/ Max Cavalera / Soulfly, Sepultura)
3. Shake Your Blood ( W/ Lemmy / Motörhead)
4. Access Babylon ( W/ Mike Dean / C.O.C.)
5. Silent Spring ( W/ Kurt Brecht / D.R.I.)
6. Ice Cold Man ( W/ Lee Dorrian / Cathedral / Napalm Death)
7. The Emerald Law ( W/ Wino / Place Of Skulls / The Obsessed)
8. Big Sky ( W/ Tom G. Warrior / Celtic Frost)
9. Dictatorsaurus ( W/ Snake / Voďvod)
10. My Tortured Soul ( W/ Eric Wagner / Trouble)
11. Sweet Dreams ( W/ King Diamond / Mercyful Fate)
12. (exclusive bonus hidden track)

Editorial Reviews

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl has always been an unabashed metalhead--Nirvana were heavily indebted to Black Sabbath. Now the multi-instrumentalist indulges his adolescent fantasies by inviting a slew of '80s underground metal vocalists to caterwaul their original lyrics set to a dozen Grohl-penned instrumentals. None of the results rival "Ace of Spades" or "Paranoid," but as vanity projects go Probot is a hell of a lot of skull-crushing fun. Remarkably diverse, too, from the doom-laden dirge "Ice Cold Man"--voiced by Lee Dorrian of Napalm Death--to the hardcore thrash of "Access Babylon," a collaboration with Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity. Mainstream music lovers will only recognize a couple of names, but the most distinctive turns come courtesy of cult artists, particularly D.R.I.'s Kurt Brecht and his blood vessel-bursting bellow on "Silent Spring," and the creepy Goth intonations of Tom G. Warrior (Apollyon Sun/Celtic Frost) on "Big Sky." --Kurt B. Reighley

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ALL RISE!!! . Probot is upon us and it’s far more than anyone could have ever expected; an all-star performance record of monumental proportions. The songs on the Probot album were mostly written by Grohl. He then sent out these recordings to all of his favorite metal vocalists from a specific period of time in underground metal (83 to '90,) Each song features its own throat and Grohl also had help from a few other dudes (Kim Thayill of Soundgarden lays a blistering solo down on the King Diamond track, Bubba Dupree from Void is on the Mike Dean track. etc...) Grohl enthustiacally explains: "There are some fast tracks, the Cronos track (Centuries of Sin) is old school fast thrash metal. The Lee Dorrian track ("Ice Cold Man") is slow and has a dirge to it. The Snake track ("Dictatorsaurus") is kind of reminiscent of a old Voivod track. The King Diamond track ("Sweet Dreams") is slow. The Mike Dean track ("Access Babylon") is sort of like an old school metal hardcore-crossover song. It moves in a lot of different ways. It isnt about me; I’m just having the time of my life in fantasy camp being able to create something with these people I listened to for years when I was young." Probot is a ecletic metal compilation. Each track is its own unique entity, always potent, always compelling…. and completely metal!

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone not like this? June 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I honestly don't understand some of the one-star reviews below. There seems to be a lot of Dave Grohl bashing, but it's pretty clear that he's one of the most talented musicians in rock music today. From his hardcore punk days in the 1980s, to the legendary Nirvana, the Foo Fighters (probably the best alternative/modern rock band ever), and stints with QOTSA and Killing Joke, you can't go wrong with a Dave Grohl project. During all this time, he still found inspiration to come up with these 12 odes to the underground 80's metal scene that he loved so much.
Many people complain about this being a vanity project. Does the cover say "Dave Grohl's Probot"? Nope. Did it come packaged with a Foo Fighters album? Did anyone FORCE you to buy this? No. Then shut up. I don't look at this at a vanity project so much as Dave just rocking out. If anything, he's helping to keep artists like Tom G. Warrior, Cronos, and King Diamond relevant and helping them find new, younger fanbases. I bet Probot is responsible for moving more than a few Venom, Celtic Frost, and Mercyful Fate records. Plus, Grohl insisted on this record being released on an independent label (the superb Southern Lord Records) rather than a major label. Also, he got Away (from Voivod) to do the cover artwork. Okay, it might be a bit vain, but it's so freakin' cool that you can't complain.
So, on these twelve tracks, Dave calls on the skills of some of the best to lend some vocal support: Cronos, Max Cavalera, Lemmy, Mike Dean, Kurt Brecht, Lee Dorrian, Wino, Tom G. Warrior, Snake, Eric Wagner, King Diamond, and uhh...Jack Black. Each song sounds great and fairly unique, leading to my one minor complaint with this CD. The songs tend to sound like unreleased tracks from the singers' former bands.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let Me into Your Sweet Dreams . . ." March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This sort of album is supposed to fail. Get a superstar and build a large revolving cast around him or her. Santana and Rob Thomas. Bleechhh. Herbie Hancock and Jessica Simpson. Speeww. Dave Grohl and King Diamond? Hmmmmmm . . .

Dave Grohl indulges the many metal sides to his soul and creates one hell of a rocking piece. Some people on this page complain that there aren't guitar solos galore and a bunch of triggered double-pedal work like there is on a Fear Factory album. Well, you'll notice that there is no cameo from that guy from Fear Factory here. A lot of these artists here are from the "one- bass-pedal-is-good-and-we-only-need-a-ten-second-guitar-solo" school of eighties metal. Cronos from Venom gets things going in true doom style at the beginning of the album and things hardly let up from there. Max Cavalera bellows his way through "Red War," which by the way has double bass-pedal. There are some pretty sweet time changes on this one. The only song I don't really like much here is Lemmy's "Shake Your Blood." I know Lemmy personifies all things metal and I love his other work as much as anyone else, but this song sounds like a toss-off. He could have been more metal here, for sure.

Things really range all over the metal map, which could be bad. But it's not. It's fun and extremely impressive. Like the best of metal artists, Grohl doesn't have to stick in one niche category (e.g. thrash, doom, metalcore, extreme, blah blah blah). Metal is music, making it capable of infinite permutations. D.R.I., C.O.C., Cathedral, Voivod. He rocks on all of their styles and does it convincingly. He almost goes over into hair territory with Trouble's Eric Wagner on "My Tortured Soul.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining Probot January 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With these reviews, there seem to be two camps: Metalheads who are following the Underground Masters, and Dave Grohl fans. People from both sides say this is a good/bad album.

Not to sound elitist or anything, but I'd say I'm in a very good position to review this CD. Growing up, I was into alternative rock such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, you get this jist. Anyways, since my Pre-Teen days, I've branched out into a lot of different generas, but still keeping my alternative roots. Today, my main genera is Metal. The reason why, the simple fact that Metal is producing most of the great albums of the decade (such as Mastodon's Leviathan, Satyricon's Volcano, Pig Destroyer's Terrifyer, Cathedral's Endtyme, Amon Amarth's Versus the World, and Anthrax's We've Come For You All). So to all who say that this is a compilation of musicians from a washed up genera: Bully to you! Metal didn't "die" in the 90's, it went into the underground. Just like the talent from Rock is now coming from more obscure directions, while Metal is proliferating in the 00's.

Now, as to the CD:

Dave did a great thing here: Showing the musical fruits of Metal. For this reason, Probot is the best record to show a new fan the vast diversity within the genera.

1. Centuries of Sin- A great opener. A little more in Venom's recent style than their old-school kind. Still a great track though, and Cronos sounds more menacing than ever! Lyrics are fairly cheesy though.

2. Red War- I love Sepultura, but don't like Soulfly. This is why I was a bit offset about this song, it was in the Soulfly format. Despite this, it is a great song for what it is, and I enjoyed the heaviness of it.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a great CD from one of Dave Grohl's side projects. Quite a few great songs and guest artists like Lemmy.
Published 14 months ago by Ryan O.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome surprise!
Probot is a 2004-formed band that was around just long enough to release one eponymous debut, an album that comprises various sub-genres of heavy metal music into one twelve-piece... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Grohl r0x
Just awesome, sucks it's not in print anymore and hard to find.

If you can just buy this CD ASAP!
Published 17 months ago by Chris T. Kasprzak
5.0 out of 5 stars Probot ROCKS!
Dave Grohl has always been known as a hard rocker. As the drummer for Nirvana and as singer and guitarist for Foo Fighters, Dave has established himself as a modern rock god. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christopher C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Check this out - cool metal compliation album
Dave Grohl's work here to write/play and work with all the various musicians is nothing short of incrediable. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Grohl
Grohl is a machine. Whoever thought after Nirvana you would have the Foo Fighters, Probot, and all the other projects he took part in. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by PAC MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Metal Masterwork
When VanHalen came out with 1984 there was a collective metal groan and the search for great hardcore metal was on. Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by John Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Goblins
The enthusiasm from Dave Grohl literally explodes from his essay that highlights the solid booklet of song lyrics and photos of frontmen for the 11 heavy metal tracks (with one... Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by Best Of All
4.0 out of 5 stars Probot
`Probot' is Dave Grohl's tribute album to his metal roots and provides a selection of songs played with various artists from the bands he grew up listening to. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Spider Monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Intereasting
Being a LEMMY fan I bought this CD. It varies widely with the type/style of music on it but should be worth the purchase overall if you are reading this review. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by DK
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