This is a release I’ve been waiting for a long time, and it seems like a fast one has been played on us all. Last May, it was reported that Dan Spitz of Anthrax fame had teamed up with Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine to create a new project called Red Lamb. The prospects of that were great – two riffmasters that basically built the thrash scene playing together in a new project sounded terrific. That’s not what we got though – not exactly. Instead, what we were delivered was an album WRITTEN and PRODUCED by Spitz and Mustaine, but not featuring Mustaine’s musical chops on the disc.
With that said, Red Lamb sounds an awful lot like Megadeth in parts, although this is a far more modern sounding metal album than you might expect. With Don Chaffin taking the lead vocal spot, he is very reminiscent to Mustaine’s snarling style. There are times when I truly question that Mustaine isn’t the uncredited vocalist, to be honest. Specifically, listening to a song like “Standby Passenger”, it’s VERY hard to believe that the bulk of the vocals there are Chaffin and not Mustaine. The same can be said on “Runaway Train”.
While Mustaine may not be singing or playing on RED LAMB, there is no denying his influence all over this album. In a sense, a lot of this sounds like an updated Megadeth, only with Spitz providing his own special and unique playing style that powered Anthrax throughout most of their career. With Red Lamb, you are not overwhelmed with Anthrax wannabe sound at all, but a fresh, somewhat more raw sound. Spitz thrashes hard on the surprisingly excellent song about Autism called “Puzzle Box”; a condition that Spitz knows all too well as the father of twin sons that suffer from that affliction. Being so close to home, you can hear the passion he puts into the riffs on this song.
PITRIFF RATING – 86/100 - Written by Anthrax and Megadeth stalwarts, performed by three great musicians and finally unleashed on the public, Red Lamb will definitely be pleasing to the ears of fans of the aforementioned bands. Seriously solid effort here.