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by Martin Popoff

Asked to contrast Super Collider with the other three albums Drover's help pound into shape from the drum riser, he figures, "Well, if you want to go by heavy, I would think, in my opinion, Endgame is the heaviest of the four. In my opinion. United Abominations has some heavy stuff too, but it has more sensible stuff as well. To me, if you're going to have a heavy contest, I would say that Endgame would be the heaviest of the four. It doesn't mean I like it more than the other ones; that's just to answer that question. Again, they're all different. Thirteen kind has elements of both of those records. It has some heavy stuff and it has some stuff that's not quite so heavy. So that's more of a balanced record, whereas this one kind of veers off into... a couple songs definitely go into different directions, 'The Blackest Crow' certainly being one of those. That was a new thing for me. I'd never done something where you're using brushes on the snare; I've never done that. It's really a departure for me, stylistically. So that's the most diverse record of the four that I've done. I don't think you can disagree with that."

And then there's the band's surprise cover of THIN LIZZY's 'Cold Sweat', a nice idea that has folks talking on the net-always a good thing.

"I think I had about two days left to cut drums, and this conversation came up, and you know, what do you think about doing a cover tune? And that to me is a fun thing. And we started talking about bands. And I think Dave and I both mentioned, hey, what about Thin Lizzy? It would be great to do a Thin Lizzy tune. We all respect them greatly, and they're a fantastic band. And again, for me, doing something, I love all the guitar players in Thin Lizzy-I'm a huge GARY MOORE fan and Scott Gorham fan--but doing something that Sykes was on to me was a real thrill to me-'Cold Sweat' was a song he actually wrote. And I went in there, and I think I did three swipes at the drum track and it was done; probably in about 20 minutes, 25 minutes, I'd nailed down the drum track. I mean, I knew that some backward anyway. That was a lot of fun. There was no thought involved. When you're creating music, obviously you have to be really focused to try to nail each thing, remember each part that's going on. But doing that, I've known that song since 1983, so it was just a matter of going in there and trying to nail it, and make is as good a track as possible, but keeping true, very close to the original, not deviating too much from the original track."

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