Patrick : Dan Spitz is known as the former guitarist of Anthrax, which he was part of till 1995. After he lost his passion for the guitar and left Anthrax, he plunged into designing and creating exclusive watches. Dan, however, sought a way to bring autism, something his identical twin goes through life with, more into the spotlight. And thus Red Lamb was born.
Dan Spitz does all the guitars on the album, which owes its title to the band name. Other band members are drummer Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, touring drummer for G3, Sabaton and WASP), singer Don Chaffin (Voices Of Extreme) and Chris Vrenna. Spitz has written all the music and received in the production and with the lyrics help from none other than Dave Mustaine. Lyrically the album focuses on life with children with autism and all the high and lows that parents have to deal with on a daily basis. The album was released independently, but is now picked up by MIG Music in Europe.
Although the album has various musical influences (hard rock, pop punk, alternative rock and a touch of thrash) and turns out more modern, it does at times it also strongly remind of the current Megadeth. This is partly due to singer Don Chaffin: regularly I get the impression that it is Mustaine himself who I am listening you ('Standby Passenger'). However, there are also moments when it is clear that it is not Dave. In addition, the influence of the Megadeth frontman can be heard in the guitar work ('Angels Of War ') and the structure of the tracks. Most notable tracks are 'Puzzle Box', where the commitment to the theme autism is very strong, the aforementioned 'Standby Passenger' and 'Don't Threaten To Love Me'.
'Red Lamb' is an album that is characterized by tracks that enthrals well, without ever a moment to be really special. An album that especially the fans of the above mentioned men and their (former) bands might find appealing.