Mark Morton’s Anesthetic has finally arrived. The guitarist for Lamb of God has been around for a long time, and he knows a thing or two about playing the guitar. But, can he head up a project of his own? The short answer is absolutely, and he knows how to assemble an amazing group of musicians to do so.

Opinion

Many of the songs are centered around Mark’s guitar work, which seems like an obvious choice. But, the album has more than just “head banging metal songs”. There are good rock songs, filled with passion and psychedelic swagger. The album runs the gamut of styles, which again, seems like an obvious truth when you examine the individuals involved with creating the album.

It’s important to note that each song was constructed by top notch musicians. Each song definitely reflects this rotating composition. This puts a different spin on each, but it also helps keep them separate. They do not bleed together, nor is there any stagnation. After listening to the album a couple of times, I wasn’t bored or put off by any songs.

Now, lets turn to the individuals Mark called to help him craft Anesthetic. The first single set the bar pretty high with Chester Bennington. Naturally, anything with Chester Bennington is golden, but Mark also had the bass player and drummer from Trivium do their thing. This combination makes an impossibly good start to the album.

The album features numerous metal staples. Alissa White-Gluz, who is best known for her work with Arch Enemy, teamed up with Randy Blythe, Lamb of God’s singer, for one track. Buck Cherry’s vocalist, Josh Todd took over for one track, while Roy Mayorga, Stone Sour’s drummer sat behind the kit for a few songs. Mike Inez, Alice in Chains’ bass player added his flair to several tracks as well. There are many more famous singers and musicians on this record. Here’s the link to the Wikipedia page for the album if you’re interested in seeing who else played a part in making the album.

Songs Worth Investigating

For me, “Cross Off” is one of the best tracks on the album. It’s energetic, loud and it’s the last thing Chester Bennington recorded. “Back from the Dead” and “The Truth Is Dead” are fun metal tracks. “Axis” is a satisfying hard rock-country-ish-pyschedelic-ish tune that I had no idea I needed to listen to.

 

…And To Conclude

Anesthetic is a great album. It’s filled with great performances by an all-star cast. The songs are all individual pieces of art, decorated with unique bits of those who helped write them. I feel this makes the album more akin to a collage, than a compilation or a traditional album. Overall, the record is worth checking out.

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