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Review of the Album "Constrictor" by Alice Cooper

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The constrictor is the snake that is on the album cover for Constrictor.

The constrictor is the snake that is on the album cover for Constrictor.

Why Constrictor Is a Famous Album in the History of Hard Rock

Constrictor is the 1986 studio album by the American hard rock singer Alice Cooper’s solo band because that’s basically what it is. The album is famous for the song “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” which was used as the theme song for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. I wasn’t a big fan of those movies but the song is one of the best in the career of Alice Cooper for sure. It has some keyboard play in it as the song is about that character Jason in the Friday the 13th series.

"Teenage Frankenstein"

Constrictor Is Not Your Usual Hard Rock Album

Contributing on guitar and bass guitars are Kane Roberts and Kip Winger who became famous for the band Winger. Constrictor is one of those hard rock albums that takes a while to get used to if you are not a big hard rock fan but once you do, it is one of the best releases for Alice Cooper. It came out in a year that had so many notable releases in the rock and metal genre and this was one of them. The album charted at #59 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums. The sound is very much in the style of that typical 1980s production and guitar sound. It just has that feeling to it. The album Turbo by Judas Priest had a guitar sound similar to this one but Constrictor is not as heavy and does not have the use of synthesizer either.

A Brief Analysis of Constrictor

The world needed a release like this out of the United States especially for the US to assert itself on the music scene. Then there is the very energetic song “The World Needs Guts” as its message is that we need to have a world where people will have to sacrifice their lives for the gain of power and prestige even if that leads to a personal injury. That’s the way that I interpreted the song. “Teenage Frankenstein” is one of the first notable songs on this album and the guitar sound is similar to Dokken’s Under Lock and Key album. To end this album with such a great song is certainly wonderful and the backing vocals in it make it better as well.

"He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)"

Final Thoughts About This 1986 Album

However, Constrictor is not as good of an album as 1989’s Trash or 1991’s Hey Stoopid. The bass guitar though does play a good role on songs such as the entertaining “Trick Bag.” It takes quite a hard rock fan to be able to really love this album. It is a very good album for sure but as it was previously stated it is not nearly as good as what would come just three years later with the album Trash. That album put Alice Cooper on a fast track to a solid finish to the decade of the 1980s.

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