Army Of Anyone
UG Team, on november 16, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: They've been selling millions of records and selling out stadiums with their former bands. Now the DeLeo brothers Robert and Dean of the Stone Temple Pilots, Filter lead singer Richard Patrick and drummer Ray Luzier united forces for a band that they called Army Of Anyone. They didn't have any doubts about what music the band was to play -- often sharing the stage for almost 10 years and making the music of the same genre, it was definitely guitar-driven alternative hard rock. It took them less than a year to make up a debut record, choosing from 30 songs they have written together. Army of Anyone, a self-title album, out on the 14th November, on Firm Music, is 11 tracks, recorded in collaboration with the producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, KISS, Jane's Addiction).
The members of the band brought their experience with them. Together with Filter's fast rhythms and Stone Temple Pilots melodic multi-layered guitars Army Of Anyone are bringing back the sound of the '90s rock bands.
The album's first single Goodbye, isn't its strongest song. It's more of a start-off to introduce the band to the audience with the main forces saved for the future. A Better Place is a song the guys first tried to work on. It was supposed to appear on one of Filter's albums, but instead gave the beginning to a new band. The song is a stand-out on the album due to its unusual harmonies, though might seem a bit too long.
The album is rich for heavy songs, all of those at the same time are radio friendly. The faster tracks are very energetic when the slower ones sound delicate and very melodic. The closer This Wasn't Supposed To Happen is a lot like one of those lullaby ballads of Stone Temple Pilots (particularly Wonderful from Shangri-La Dee Da album). Along with beautiful melodies there are pop hooks, wisely stuck in to make the songs catchy. Every track shines with a stellar guitar solos worth to be learned note-to-note by heart. // 9
Lyrics: Since Richard Patrick is clean and sober since 2002, he says it is easier now to accomplish everything he wants. It relates to his poetry as well as the lyrics are well-written. Patrick stuffed the lyrics with metaphors making it sound interesting and letting you think for a while.
Patrick has a powerful voice. It is not as clean as you sometimes wish it would be (in higher notes), but that soaring fits the rock vocalist image perfectly. His vocals are as diverse as the songs are -- he growls angrily in It Doesn't Seem To Matter, gently meows in This Wasn't Supposed To Happen, leads the melody shark and accurate in Disappear. And all of a sudden there are funny awkward pup-sounding back vocals in This Wasn't Supposed To Happen. // 8
Overall Impression: The guys claim working together was easy and fun; recording the debut album have been a pleasure for them. Thus the record turned out to sound effortless without strength.
Forming any band, the members usually say it's gonna be something different with a style hard to differentiate and always super. And it's far not always even listenable. This time around Patrick promises Army Of Anyone to be a Super Duper Group. I know it's not what a critic should say, but the music is truly hard to overrate. Everything is done so professionally that it's hard to find any defects. There's everything you would expect from a '90s rock-band -- a drummer who sold his soul for drummer skills, a bassist following synchronically his every step, experienced guitarist able to play both powerful rhythm guitar chords and virtuous solos and of course a vocalist with a charismatic voice! // 9
Army Of Anyone
All0utR0ck, on november 16, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: So finally, the long awaited release from Robert & Dean DeLeo (Formerly from Stone Temple Pilots) frontman from Filter, Richard Patrick and former David Lee Roth drummer Ray Luzier. I must say this record is everything you would expect from probably one of the most talented groups out there. Very reminiscent of STP with a mix of Filter and incredible Rush-like drumming. On some of the songs like their first single, Goodbye, It Doesn't Seem to Matter, Non Stop and Father Figure, you will find more of a harder STP/Filter hybrid with blistering fast drum-work, the signature sound of guitar/bass from STP and the soaring, yet calm vocals from Richard Patrick. On tracks like Disappear and A Better Place, the band takes slower pace with a little more melody. // 9
Lyrics: Richard Patrick. If anyone is familiar with his work from Filter, you all should know that he has that gritty, industrial voice for the most part. On this album, however, his voice is a little more tame and controlled, allowing for a more versatile approach. I must say I was impressed with his vocal ability, but I kind of wished that he brought that grittiness that made Filter successful. The good thing, though, is that at no point during this album did Richard feel like he was trying to match Scott Weiland, at least in my opinion. // 9
Overall Impression: Overall this a great album if you are a fan of Filter, Stone Temple Pilots or if you favor mainstream rock. Don't expect this to be a heavy-oriented album and you will most likely enjoy this record. My favorite songs would have to be Goodbye, It Doesn't Really Matter, Non Stop, Father Figure, A Better Place and Disappear. The entire album is very solid and should appeal to just about anybody. If this album were stolen or lost I would just buy it again, seeing as it was only 6.99 at Best Buy, and for that this album is well worth your money. // 9
Army Of Anyone
Mynabull, on november 28, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Army Of Anyone rises from the ashes of Stone Temple Pilots, and join up with Filter to form one of the most unique bands out there today. The music on this album is nothing short of fantastic, with each song deserving merit for it's uniqueness it has on the album. Forget other "supergroups" like Audioslave or Velvet Revolver; finally a band is able to live up to their name. By now, you must be thinking, "Wow, this guy is stupid", or preferably, "What makes this album so good?" Good question. There are many reasons for just loving this album, but what drew me the most into this album was it's sheer amount of genres and influences it covers. A little bit of the Beatles and their acid rock, a little bit of Pink Floyd and their meticulate harmony, a toss in of 90's alternative grunge, and even industrial rock. Harmony definitely plays a key role here; Dean and Robert DeLeo, without a doubt, are the most underrated instrumentalists in rock. Their ability to come up with hammering riffs and hooks time after time, combined with their sheer skills, gives this album a brilliant shine. The record is chockful of catchy riffs and great rhythm. It's brilliant.
Moving on to vocals, Richard Patrick proves again why he's a refreshing change to the stale vocals in rock today. His vocals range from hard and low growls, all the way up to very high croons that would make Freddie Mercury proud. His vocals are evenly spread out throughout the album. All though most have a hard hitting growl to them (Goodbye), Patrick manages to pull out the big guns on sleeper hits such as Stop, Look, and Listen. Brilliant yet again. Now what kind of album would it be without a drummer? AOA managed to pull in one of the best session drummers in the business; Ray Luzier. His presence adds a whole new lair to the band's sound, which is definitely a good thing. Overall a fantastic addition to an already fantastic band. // 10
Lyrics: Richard Patrick proves to a great lyricist along with being a great vocalist. Although his lyrics are on the simple side, they are very effective in representing the moods of the songs. His vocal skills is excellent; he shows that he can easily go from a angry growl to a high scream/croon that would make Freddie Mercury proud. // 9
Overall Impression: Stone Temple Pilots is my favorite band of all time. Filter? My second. So to think these two rock powerhouses would combine was just beyond my thinking rage. I mean, who would've thunk'd it? I admit, I had some doubts about the album at first. As time went on, I discovered this album to be a true gem that represents some of the best music to grace rock in nearly 5 years. There's a lot of STP and Filter influence here; you won't have to look very hard. If you are fan of either bands, pick it up. Fan of both? Pick it up. Like rock but not sure? Pick it up! You can't go wrong! // 10
Army Of Anyone
reason49, on october 16, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Underrated is a word that gets thrown a lot these days. Any band that doesn't appear in the top 40 gets called "underrated" by fans. Never has the word been more needed than in the case of Army of Anyone. For anyone who is not familiar, Army of Anyone is the Deleo brothers (from Stone Temple Pilots) and Richard Patrick, the singer from Filter, with Ray Luzier (from David Lee Roth's band) on the skins. The band sounds exactly like you would imagine, STP with Filter's vocals. And while Army of Anyone's roster is enough to give them the status of "supergroup", the band is still relatively underground. Dean and Robert Deleo are two great songwriters. If they didn't prove themselves in Stone Temple Pilots, they do here. While most of the guitar and bass isn't extremely difficult, it all sounds well crafted. The solos sound great, they may not be full of epic shreddery, but they are tasteful enough to actually compliment the song. Most of the music is your typical balls-out rock-n-roll, although the album has two terrific acoustic ballads ("A Better Place", "This Wasn't Supposed to Happen"). Ray Luzier also proves to be a drummer up to par. He even sounds like Eric Kretz (former STP), completing the Stone Temple Pilots sound. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics to Army of Anyone's selftitled effort are a little better than what you'd expect from Richard Patrick. While I'm not a big fan of Filter's lyrics, here, he does a good job. Patrick is also a good singer, he throws out some good yells and croons on this album, showing more versatility than he normally would. I hate to compare, but he's not as good as Scott Weiland was and not as versatile. The melodies and harmonies are good and well crafted. // 7
Overall Impression: If I had to compare this band to another, it would obviously be Stone Temple Pilots. Similar bands would be Alice in Chains, Audioslave or Foo Fighters. Army of Anyone's selftitled album is a more solid effort than either album by Velvet Revolver. The songs to check out are: the single "Goodbye", "Father Figure" and the closer "This Wasn't Supposed to Happen". At it's best, Army of Anyone is a band that established itself as a solid rock force, and at it's worst, it's just another rock band. If this album were stolen, I'd probably buy it again. Hopefully, if the album sells well enough Army of Anyone will consider recording a new album, however with current sales this looks doubtful. So if you're a fan of Filter, Stone Temple Pilots, or 90's rock, give this album a listen. You won't regret it. // 8