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Dee Snider 'Leave A Scar' Album Review By Ian Bellows

Dee Snider

Leave A Scar

Napalm Records

Released: July 30, 2021

Album Review By Ian Bellows

Boston Rock Radio


Dee Snider is a legend in the rock world. Frontman for the 80’s metal band Twister Sister, Dee has stayed relevant in the music scene throughout the years. From singing to being a radio personality, Dee Snider IS rock music.  He has released new solo material and his latest is one that will keep his Twisted Sister fans happy while gaining a new audience with the younger generation.  Leave A Scar is his fifth full length album produced by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta.  This latest release picks up where his 2018 release For The Love Of Metal left off….IN YOUR FACE!!!.

According to Dee Snider, “Leave a Scar is filled with messages to and for the silent voices in the world who need someone to speak out on their behalf. This is my purpose.”

Let’s take a quick look at some of the songs within the album.  First impressions of the songs (and their titles) are that Dee has something to prove and will always endure!  With songs like “All or Nothing More,” “Down But Never Out," and “The Reckoning” all songs seem to ring an inspirational or motivational tone...bringing 80s headbanging metal to the forefront with an infusion of today’s metal.  Both hard core Twisted Sister fans and modern day rock/metal fans will find things to like about Leave A Scar.  I get vibes of Testament in songs like “Down But Never Out,” “Time to Choose” and “The Reckoning”.  Guitarists Charlie Bellmore/Nick Petrino channel their inner Alex Skolnick/Eric Peterson and that puts them in excellent company.  I also hear some influences from the Scorpions on the song “Crying For Your Life.”  

The album starts off with a bang on the first released single “I’m Gonna Rock (Again)."  Solid guitar riffs while the guitar solos are a throwback to 80s metal. Dee is sending a message he is here again to rock our socks off with lyrics like “Here I go/It's time to roll again/I gotta rock/This is life/I'm gonna rock/Until the day that I die”.

Some of the other songs that stood out to me are the following:

Down But Never Out” - I get a Testament feel on this song with the guitar riffs;  Dee mixes it up with a much heavier sound.  Towards the end of the song, the guitar work reminds me of Queensryche.

Before I Go” - Throwback to 80’s rock.  Definitely good shredding going on with the solos.

Crying For Your Life” - The song starts off slower than most of the other songs and resembles the Scorpions (to me) at the start, but picks up speed quickly.  Shows a different side of Dee and provides a different vibe from the other songs so far.

Time To Choose” - Good solid song.  Love the thundering of the drums and the shredding by the guitar duo.

The Reckoning” - Nick Bellmore on drums is really hammering away on this song with more impressions of a Testament influence.  

Stand” - Great song to end the album on.  Slower song that shows Dee’s vocal range.  

Dee Snider continues to evolve as a singer and keeps putting out excellent music decades later!  Fans of Dee from his Twisted Sister days or even today’s metal should definitely check this album out!  From the first song (the first released single) “I’m Gonna Rock (Again) to the melodic rock song “Stand,” Leave A Scar is a complete album that shreds (in a good way) with some of the excellent releases of 2021.

Dee Snider - Vocals

Charlie Bellmore - Guitar & Background Vocals

Nick Bellmore - Drums

Russell Pzütto - Bass & Background Vocals

Nick Petrino - Guitar & Background Vocals

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