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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!

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

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 / Voïvod)
10. My Tortured Soul ( W/ Eric Wagner / Trouble)
11. Sweet Dreams ( W/ King Diamond / Mercyful Fate)
12. (exclusive bonus hidden track)

Product Details

  • 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 (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Grant McKee on 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zachary A. Hanson on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James B. Planey on 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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