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Art Of Anarchy: Art Of Anarchy

Scott Weiland’s new band proves Ultra-mega OK

The criteria for ‘supergroup’ continues to sink like the deck chairs of the Lusitania. When properly used, ‘supergroup’ describes a collaboration of rule-smashing visionaries pooling their virtuosic talents in service of a bracing new sound. Think Down or Them Crooked Vultures.

Lately, the epithet is thrown at any side-project-boasting dudes who have done a bit of time in a well-known group. Fronted by Scott Weiland and backed by guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses), bassist John Moyer (Disturbed), guitarist John Votta and drummer Vince Votta, AOA claim to transcend such tawdry descriptors, insisting in their promotional bio that they are in fact, a “mega group”. Hey, whatever tastes good in your coffee.

Hyperbole aside, musicianship is here in spades – tracks like Small Batch Whiskey and Superstar glisten with taut muscularity and sturdy grooves, with Weiland sounding as robust as his halcyon days in STP. Yet beyond the chunky riffs and sprawling solos, the material badly lacks the anthemic hooks and mountain-sized, fuck-off choruses that put their other groups on the map.

The problem here is not the talents of the musicians but a cavernous dearth of memorable songs, resulting in a polished but ultimately forgettable clutch of generic radio rock./o:p

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.