Dedicated to Chaos
Label: Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud
Opening with a long-term relationship song that might be the closest thing to a Stones rip they've ever done, and seemingly inspired from there by Extreme, INXS, early '80s Queen, and -- no joke -- Justin Timberlake, these prog-metal vets make a funk-rock record. And they don't hide it: "Wot We Do" has Geoff Tate begging you to "put your hands in the air" on "the dancefloor." He also pants a lot (in "Got It Bad," "Higher," "Drive") about wanting to turn on hot women. Things get more subtle, protest-y and slightly heavier toward the end. But mostly these old guys just wanna get down tonight.