The Craving

MD.45 - The Craving ©1996 Capitol
1. Hell's Motel
2. Day The Music Died
3. Fight Hate
4. Designer Behavior
5. The Creed
6. My Town
7. Voices
8. Nothing Is Something
9. Hearts Will Bleed
10. No Pain
11. Roadman

Side projects are mysterious things. For musicians, it's a chance to collaborate with their peers. For the fans, it occasionally gives us the chance to think "What if?" on a line-up. For instance, throw together Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy) together with Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots) and bammo! the lush musical landscapes of The Tear Garden. And remember when members of Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone got together after Andrew Woods' death? Temple of the Dog's one-off album was superior to anything either band ever released.

So when punk's bad boy Lee Ving (Fear, duh) matched his awesome pipes with metal's redheaded wanker boy Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), you would naturally hope for something completely amazing. After all, Ving is the Enrico Caruso of punk and Fear is legendary with their anthems of beer, dominating women, and well, more beer. And a decade ago, Mustaine was quite capable of writing a nasty riff or two.

But alas, the only knack Mustaine has left is bringing stellar musicians down to his mediocre level. Ving signs as if Mustaine provided O'Douls rather than Bud in the studio. Each song plods along in a by-the-numbers manner, never bothering to be exciting or powerful. Or catchy. Or innovative. Each time a song ends, so does your recollection of it. I almost wonder if Lee Ving kicked Dave's ass outside the studio after recording this dud.

The sticker on the shrinkwrap promises The Craving is a once in a lifetime collaboration. Let's just hope they mean it.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/1996

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