WSOU Picks of the Week: Dee Snider, Beartooth, Black Star Riders
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the U.S., and has been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Dee Snider – “Become The Storm” (Katie W.)
Sixty-three years of life, more than half of which were spent enduring the hard knock ways of the unforgiving but rewarding road, and the man can still out-sing and outperform any millennial challenger. Sure, he’s already as heavy as they come, but the clean production, song progression and energized and VERY powerful vocals are a testament to a new era of Dee; harder-hitting, louder and concrete. Listen as Dee Snider reinvents himself through “Become The Storm,” his latest single.
Beartooth – “Disease/Bad Listener” (Nick P.)
When a band drops two killer songs at the same time, is it ever an easy choice to decide which to listen to first? With a fresh pair of hands taking the solos following the departure of guitarist Taylor Lumley, we ended up getting two songs from Beartooth’s forthcoming album Disease that will make heads bang and fists fly. The catchy lyrics of the title track and guitar work of the new duo of Zach Huston and Kamron Bradbury take this song to the next level. Meanwhile, “Bad Listener” gives a line that speaks to us all — “I’ll be banging my head ’til my brain rots” — with riffs reminiscent of Disgusting. You will definitely find me “rotting my brain” on their tour this fall.
Black Space Riders – “Before My Eyes” (Nick E.)
Black Space Riders provide a rocking compromise to fans of both rock and metal with their new album Amorteum Volume 2. The first track, “Before My Eyes,” is one of the best off the release. The groove and beat are more in line with hard rock, while JE’s vocals push the song over the metal cliff. By no means is the track anything but heavy, though, and it rocks from start to finish. One of the highlights is the bassline leading up to a killer guitar solo.