Originally Published: August 20, 1987
Alice Cooper, the man who put the gore into 'gore-blimy-what-a-brilliant-meisterwork-just-sitting-here-waiting-to-rip-it-off', has just completed a new album. Anthemically-titled 'Raise Your Fist And Yell', it's due out (in the states at least) through MCA in the first week of October and produced by Michael Wagener (who helped out Beau Hill on 'Constrictor').
"Michael, I think, really does great with that kind of sound", says Alice. "The thing that makes it different from a metal album is we used all the elements I like from metal, but lyrically and melodically, it's a whole different thing. I'm really happy with it! I think it makes 'Constrictor' sound tired! It's much heavier and much more guitar-orientated."
Among the tracks - many co-written with Alice's guitarist of the past three years, Kane Roberts (the rest of the band are Fifth Angel man Ken Mary on drums, Kip Winger on bass, Develin Seven on guitar and Paul Horowitz on keyboards) - are 'Freedom', a song written for the PMRC censorship lobby, and a ballad Alice describes as "really sick! The whole second side is like a pretty heavy psychodrama, a splatter film in itself!"
Alice is working on one such beast, incidentally - staring in the new John Carpenter movie 'Prince Of Darkness'. And he's hired the people who did the special effects for 'The Fly' and 'Aliens' to work on the live show they'll be doing when they return for a full tour in October.