Corey Taylor, Weird Al Yankovic + More Appear on Brian Posehn’s New Album
Comedian Brian Posehn is releasing a new comedy metal album, Grandpa Metal, in 2020. The record will be absolutely packed with cameos, including members of Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Fall Out Boy and more.
Posehn’s first music video “Metal by Numbers” was hugely successful in the early years of YouTube hilariously pointing out the stupid dynamics of emo, post-hardcore and metal itself. “More Metal Than You” was also a hit, but with Posehn’s new cover of “Take on Me,” he adds a classic to his metal mantle.
“Take on Me” features vocal cameos from Testament’s Chuck Billy, Exodus’ Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza and late Huntress vocalist Jill Janus. Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany also makes a cameo, giving the track some much needed shred. Posehn also covers the viral Ylvis song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)” on Grandpa Metal.
"The original concept for this album came from bands like Scatterbrain and S.O.D., and even Cheech and Chong," says Posehn. "They all made music that was fun and funny, heavy music that also made you laugh. I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors. There's a Satan song, and there's a Viking song, there's one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there's one that sounds like a Van Halen party song. The intention was just to make a funny metal/comedy record for people who like both of those things."
"This was such a dream project for me," adds Posehn. "I wanted to take my time, I wanted it to be perfect, so it took us six years to complete. It's the Chinese Democracy of comedy-metal records. And it didn't cost thirteen million dollars to make."
The cameos on Grandpa Metal include Brendon Small (Metalocalypse, Dethklok), Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais (Anthrax), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy (Testament), singer/songwriter/comedian Al Yankovic, Pearl Aday, Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth), Joe Trohman (The Damned Things and Fall Out Boy), Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric), Rob and Aiden Cavestany (Death Angel), Steve "Zetro" Souza (Exodus), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses, Asia), and the late Jill Janus (Huntress).
Take a listen to Posehn’s cover of “Take on Me” above. Grandpa Metal will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.
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