DEE SNIDER on censorship – “It’s gone from being a conservative and puritanical right-wing thing to a liberal and hypersensitive social conscience”
Episode 157 of The Chuck Shute Podcast features an interview with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, which you can find below. He talks about his upcoming solo album, Leave A Scar, Cobra Kai, Skid Row, his comeback, censorship and more.
On today’s concerts and unvaccinated people
Snider: “But as far as touring goes, I think we’ll get back to the new – whether it’s a new normal – where we’re at with vaccines or whatever, but that will be behind us by 2022. And I think that’s it. is when the festivals will open. And I think the unvaccinated will probably die. So we’re going to rock. I’m cool with that. Vaccinated people – hey it’s your choice – I support your choice . “
On working with Skid Row and Sebastian Bach
Snider: “I was wondering … because … I remembered that I kind of advised them during the making of the second album that Sebastian was already getting a bit … I’m friends on both sides, but Sebastian had a bit of a hard time. I remember he was at my house. And he stays with me, and he didn’t answer the phone, he only answered faxes. So the group should tell you where he is first. was. So I have to know where he was to get them a fax. And then they would have to fax him a message that he replies or he wouldn’t, he wouldn’t talk to them. And so I try to … like, man, that’s not gonna work. Yeah. And, so I kind of advised both sides, and helped them get there. And they thanked me in the credits. But unfortunately, it didn’t. not lasted forever. I mean, I love Sebastian, and we’re really good friends. I’m probably closer to him than the rest of the group. But still, no we are lead singers. We are frontmen, we are damaged. We can’t be difficult. “
On the current state of censorship
Snider: “Censorship has always existed. Yes, people just have to understand that she never went away. It’s just the first time someone has said or done something. Someone else said, “You can’t do that. Alright, trust me. There is always and it goes back through time. The creatives, the artists – the people pushed the censorship and try to push the boundaries, and the people behind the censorship were very puritanical. They would give an inch and they understand you can’t go here and then the creatives just kept pushing, kept pushing, kept pushing. It’s our job is to be creative and to push. And the censor – it’s their job, apparently, to push back and they keep drawing lines. And we continue to cross the line. It goes on and on and on. The strange thing is that the censorship never went away. The pendulum swung, and it went from a conservative and puritanical right-wing thing, to a liberal, hypersensitive social conscience … and not that I am not, but you can’t say that because it feels like wrong. It makes people feel humiliated and it’s insulting. It’s coming a lot from the left now, which is very strange. ”
Following the resilient first single from her new album Leave A Scar, “I Gotta Rock (Again)”, Dee Snider is delighted to reveal the album’s second single, “Time To Choose”, featuring the brutal vocals by George “Corpsegrinder” from Cannibal Corpse. Sinner. Backed by an energetic lyrical video, the track mixes the gutting bass of Corpsegrinder with the razor-sharp cleanings of Snider, making it a dynamic yet ruthless recorder that listeners won’t soon forget!
Dee says about “Time To Choose”:
“‘Time To Choose’ deals with a subject that I often broached during my writing career: good versus evil (see ‘Burn In Hell’). Given the heaviness of this piece, j I felt like adding George “Corpsegrinder.” Fisher’s voice on this would convey the seriousness of the choices we are making. I was honored when he agreed to contribute with his incredibly powerful voice. “
Like a scar itself, Leave A Scar is a luminous abundance of angst etched in time – serving as a musical refuge and an expressive outlet for Dee. But in turn, this auditory time capsule written to express the anger, discomfort, and pain he felt during the lockdown not only comes across as searing heaviness, but also relentlessly powerful. Each of Leave A Scar’s 12 tracks not only reinforces Dee Snider’s position as one of the most famous leaders of all time, showing that his vocal delivery and compelling swagger are stronger than ever, but that it is far from stopping.
Heads will explode seconds after the fiery opening notes of the ultra-catchy album starter and lifetime anthem “I Gotta Rock (Again)”, instantly setting the stage for the non-stop onslaught of the metal pillars. to come up. Songs like the brutal “Time To Choose” – featuring the vocal attack of George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse – and mosh-ready “The Reckoning” feature the album’s heavy assault, without sacrificing goodness. harmonic evident on tracks like the relentless, catchy thrash “All Or Nothing More” and melodic metalcore inspired “In For The Kill”. The energetic force single “Down But Never Out” sums up the big riff and palpable drums throughout the album, while the searing “Before I Go” provides one of the most massive and memorable choruses on the album. album and scary lyrics. The album ends with the victorious ballad “Stand”, a call to listeners to take a stand and make their voices heard. If For The Love Of Metal ignited Dee Snider’s eminent rise to a new era – Leave A Scar ignites it.
Dee Snider says of Leave A Scar: “At the end of 2020, I knew I not only had to get back to the studio, but for the first time since the ’90s, I wanted – no, I needed – to do part of the writing process. I contacted my producer Jamey Jasta and told him I was ready to make another record. Leave a Scar is filled with addressed messages and for the silent voices of the world who need someone to speak on their behalf. It’s my aim.
Jamey Jasta said of working with Dee Snider again: “Working with Dee again has been amazing! The power and reach of her voice on this album really shines. Not only is she an American treasure and a staple in the rock / metal community, but she is a truly original voice and talent like no other. Combine that with the metallic prowess of the Bellmore + brothers Russell Pzütto and Nick Petrino, you have a rock metal recipe that even the most “dee-hard” SMFs will surely love! “
Leave A Scar will be available in North America in the following formats:
– CD box
– 1LP Gatefold BLACK
– 1LP Gatefold RED
– 1LP Gatefold GOLD (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 400)
– 1LP Gatefold SPLATTER RED / BLUE / WHITE (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 300)
– Dee-Hard 1LP Gatefold Edition RED / BLACK marbled – LP & Slipmat size album art patch (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 200)
– Dee-Lux wooden box edition: JC, 7 “single, leather strap, logo pin (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
– Digital album
List of tracks:
“I have to rock (again)”
“All or nothing more”
“Broken down but never outside”
“Before I go”
“Cry for your life”
“To kill him”
“Time to choose”
Video “I Gotta Rock (Encore)”:
Composition of the group:
Dee Snider – Voice
Charlie Bellmore – Guitar and backing vocals
Nick Bellmore – Drums
Russell Pzütto – Bass and background vocals
Nick Petrino – Guitar and backing vocals
(Photo – Paul McGuire)