Bat Out Of Hell III - ostensibly the last in the Bat series - is exactly what you'd expect it to be: awesome, bombastic, cabaret, hardcore and totally silly. Produced by Desmond Child, it features the guitar skills of Steve Vai and Brian May and the songwriting of Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie and John 5. So from track one, The Monster Is Loose, you've got the chug of nü-metal combined with the theatrics of the Loaf's vocals. Tracks are massive with choral backups, and ballads are melodramatic and piano-laden. Particularly smashing is the duet with Marion Raven, It's All Coming Back To Me Now, a tune recorded by Celine Dion that was originally written by Jim Steinman for Bat II. This is a musical just waiting to be staged.
Meat Loaf swoops into the Elgin Saturday (November 4).