Sound — 7
Dead Planet is the fourth album by notoriously famous Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of The Stone Age, but who cares now). After getting into a fight with his band members once again, Oliveri re-named his band to Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator, signed to new record labels (Mother Tongue in Europe and Suburban Noize in the USA) and released another album! Dead Planet has been released in UK and Europe long before -- in autumn 2006, now it's finally the time for USA release! To compensate the American listeners their wait, the band updated track list. In spite of all the line-up changes, the main creating force stayed the same and the new CD is no exception -- it's still the same raw rock'n'roll, full of rolling drums and screaming guitars that we expect from Oliveri, with punk riffs are laid over furious beats. Take Me Away is a breath of air - the only peaceful song on the album. Partly acoustic track tells the listener about the gentle and vulnerable part of Oliveri's soul -- surprisingly, after all those drug-crazy tracks it turns out he is a normal human kind! Though the moment of truth doesn't last for long -- right after the song ends, the album is back to usual fury and fight with All Systems Go. Lead single Lie Detector is a total mayhem has the best guitar solo on the whole album. Drummer Ernie Longoria has probably broken a few cymbals recording this one and he is crashing them so hard. Like A Bomb sound like one of Rage Against The Machine songs. Musicians hid one track on the CD -- of course at the very end of it. Cover of folk classic Sam Hell is pretty much the soundtrack to a silent western. I could only guess what it's doing on the record, probably Oliveri's heartfelt cry, one of Johnny Cash songs his parents used to listen to and now he feels related to that...
Lyrics — 7
The poetry is on different subjects, but always very aggressive. Oliveri promises I'll leave you in pieces in Like A Bomb and I'll f--king kill you! in Basket Case. Though Why did you lie? in Lie Detector sounds more terrifying -- the way he presents it, you wouldn't want to lie to him. As you see, the lyrics are not too diverse and you won't find any poetical nuggets here. Oliveri screams at the top of his lounges. Sometimes it seems that if he could produce screamo, he would just stick to it. There is so angst in his singing that I believe he spitted the studio microphone all over. At those rare moments when he's not screaming, you can hear that his voice is tired and restrained.
Overall Impression — 7
Oliveri sounds pretty mad on the record. Listening to Dead Planet, you realize -- nothing has changed since Oliveri was arrested for playing naked on stage. No, he's not getting older or changing his attitude in live, at least when it comes to rock 'n' roll! Unfortunately the record leaves you wishing for more drive. Most songs stay at the same level and bore you by the end. Even the fact that the album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down) and recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 doesn't save the situation. The closer Paper Thin is a perfect example -- the songs feels like slowly dying together with the album, getting lower and lower with less and less enthusiasm toward the end.