I have no intention of watching Studio 666, the horror comedy film the Foo Fighters released earlier this year. And, to be honest, I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to return to the Foo Fighters catalogue following the passing o+G101f Taylor Hawkins.
I haven’t been the biggest fan of the group in the last half dozen years, but Foo Fighters have been a big part of my music collection over the years. Honestly, I feel heartbroken that this might be the end of the group – I can’t imagine them just hiring a new drummer to replace Hawkins.
All of that said, I was curious to hear Dream Widow, the EP released to coincide with Studio 666 and supposedly recorded by a fictional band within the film. In reality, Dream Widow is almost entirely Dave Grohl: the Foos frontman plays guitar, bass and drums, and sings on the album, with a few appearances from Foos keyboardist Rami Jaffee and guitarist Jim Rota.
The result is a collection of tracks that is almost an homage to the thrash metal of thirty years ago. It’s a little bit Slayer (“March Of The Insane”, “Encino”), a little bit Metallica, a little bit Black Sabbath (“Cold”, “Becoming”), and a little bit Foo Fighters; you can’t help but hear it on “Angel With Severed Wings”.
You know what? It’s pretty fucking good, and its a testament to how talented Dave Grohl is. Honestly, I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed Medicine At Midnight last year. Its bittersweet to think this might be the last Grohl we hear for a while.
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