Mark MortonAnesthetic

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✦✦✧✧ There are a number of reasons to dislike this solo project from one of Lamb Of God’s guitarists. It’s fucking weird to start a 2019 album with a track sung by Chester Bennington (R.I.P.). It’s less weird to follow it up with vocalists from Papa Roach and Screaming Trees. But mostly, the album swings from metal to alt rock and back again, and the moves toward the latter rarely pay off for me. My advice? Stick with the metal tracks; particularly successful are “The Never” with Chuck Billy, “Save Defiance” with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, and of course the very LOG-like album closer “The Truth Is Dead” featuring Randy Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz.