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A genuinely fun album made all the more so by the fact that it is not intended to be taken seriously.

Spinal Tap, Bad News, Tenacious D and Steel Panther. All projects which have shown Heavy Metal's natural desire, like practically no other musical genre, to (affectionately) take the piss out of itself to a logical conclusion, in one form or another. Along the way, various comedians (some of them involved in the aforementioned acts of artistic anarchy) have jumped on the bandwagon, mixing their own comedic skills with their love of Metal. In the UK, Bill Bailey is a prime example.

Now, US stand-up Jim Breuer – perhaps best known as the legendary "Goat Boy" on the iconic 'Saturday Night Live' (one of the few prime time shows which has shown respect to Rock and Metal acts over the years) – has thrown his hat into the ring with this debut album, which places the emphasis more on the element of pure enjoyment of listening to Metal, especially from a certain era, than merely taking the piss out of it for the sake of it.

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'Songs...' is an album which is very much rooted in Jim Breuer's genuine love for the genre which he grew up listening to. It works because it is a Heavy Metal fan who happens to be a comedian rather than the latter choosing to take the piss out of a genre. Opener 'Thrash', for example, is a tale of middle-aged angst let loose, with a beautiful parody of Ozzy and Sharon Osborne smack in the middle and its message of "I don't care what you think of me". 'Raising Teenage Girls' turns the whole Nu-Metal subgenre on its head with its Alice Cooper-esque mock malevolence. Musically, the album touches on everyone from AC/DC to Judas Priest, from Green Day to Anthrax, via Bill Hicks, and their song titles and lyrics – 'Old School' namechecks nearly every important eighties' Metal anthem – a suitably inane pastiche done with style and affectionate sophistication.

'Songs From The Garage' is a homage to the genre from an artist, and one with no previous baggage in that regard, clever enough to pick out its idiosyncrasies and treat them accordingly. It's a genuinely fun album made all the more so by the fact that it is not intended to be taken seriously but listened to and enjoyed for exactly what it is.

Mark Ashby

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