Dee Snider, best known for his time served as frontman for Twisted Sister, recently sat down with Brave Words to discuss his latest solo album “For the Love of Metal.”
The record was released on July 27 with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta at the helm of production. You can check out the conversation below.
How would you say the album compares to a Twisted Sister album?
“Look, Twisted Sister was a metal band at its core. And that gets overlooked sometimes, because of the success of a couple hit singles. So, it comes from the heaviest side of Twisted Sister – I’m very comfortable there.
“But, it’s a contemporary record musically, and I didn’t write the songs – they were written by a lot of different contemporary metal artists.
“People from Disturbed, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Toxic Holocaust – all these bands were contributing. It’s a contemporary sound, but it connects to the heaviest parts of Twisted Sister.”
How did the idea come up to do ‘For the Love of Metal’?
“This is all Jamey Jasta. Mentally, I was done. I was doing other projects – I just sold a children’s animated show to Netflix that we are going into production on and a couple of movies I’m working on. I’m doing other things.
“Then on Jamey Jasta’s podcast [The Jasta Show], he challenged me – literally – to do a contemporary metal record. I accepted the challenge, and we went from there.”
Are there plans to tour behind the album?
“The reason why this album is called ‘For the Love of Metal,’ is why and how it was done. We had no record deal, we had no recording budget.
“Jamey challenged me, I accepted the challenge, and out of our own pockets, we started going into the studio and working. And as we worked, more people heard about it, wanted to get involved, and started getting involved.
“Jamey believed there was a place for this album… I wasn’t so sure. And then, when it was done, we had a bidding war from all the metal labels, and we did a deal with Napalm.
“But the point is, normally, when you do a record, there’s a grand plan. It’s like, ‘OK, we’ll record in November, we finish it in January, the album comes out in April, and we’ll hit the road.’
“There was no plan. Hence, the album’s release in the middle of the summer – which is the most bizarre release date ever, July 27th. But we planned no tour.
“The shows I’m doing were shows I was doing as Dee Snider – they weren’t planned for a new album. But I do plan as the album comes out on working the record, and doing more shows.”