Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. There is a clear passion and enthusiasm in Grohl’s instrumentals and a potency and power in the performance of every singer.
  2. ‘Probot’ is the full length dream of a teenage metalhead.
  3. Not only has Grohl released a fantastic album, he has done a wonderful job giving several aging metal vocalists another fifteen minutes of fame.
  4. Spin
    83
    Grohl wrote the riffs, and he hammers like a god, letting his hero singers write the lyrics and man the bellows. [Mar 2004, p.91]
  5. Not for the weak (or for Foo fans, really), this is some heavy hard-core stuff that's supernaturally superb.
  6. As rewarding as it is unpredictable.
  7. Blender
    80
    Unlike similar records... this has a unity of aesthetic purpose, a competitive wallop, even (kind of) a seriousness. [Mar 2004, p.127]
  8. This album is proof that his talent extends far beyond grunge and pop-rock and that he can write and play songs in just about any style.
  9. Rolling Stone
    70
    The year's first great metal album. [19 Feb 2004, p.67]
  10. Mojo
    70
    Most of which 'works', all of which comes thick with a sense of joy and love for the denim and leather. [Mar 2004, p.106]
  11. It's a righteous and wholly legitimate throwback to old-school metal's power and fury.
  12. The set is best taken as a hardcore thrash scrapbook that immortalizes how Grohl spent some of his downtime from Foo Fighters: It has captured the memory and fierce emotion instead of being concerned with structure.
  13. A full-blooded, affectionate and occasionally very funny album.
  14. The most disappointing aspect of Probot is that many of the songs sound more like Foo Fighters turned to eleven than actual metal.
  15. Musically, this is as solid a hard-rock offering as fans of Motorhead and obscure Swedish crunch fans could ask for. Lyrically, however, Probot is a different story.
  16. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Hard and heavy, Probot is a first-rate recreation of the soundtrack of Grohl's bong-inhaling youth in all its unrelenting, doomy, gloomy glory. [20 Feb 2004, p.63]
  17. From the opening rally cry of Venom's Cronos ("Centuries of Sin") to the eerie creep of King Diamond's closing "Sweet Dreams," Probot pulls itself up by its pewter bootstraps and shatters glass with undefeatable vocals.
  18. Alternative Press
    60
    For better or for worse, Grohl replicates each band's musical style with remarkable accuracy. [Mar 2004, p.98]
  19. Q Magazine
    60
    Isn't for the meek. [Mar 2004, p.110]
  20. His drumming is brilliant, as always, but the melodies leave the singers little to work with, and his guitar riffs sound weak and sludgy, often mired in tuned-down, nu-metal muck.
  21. There is some entertainment value in Probot. The manufactured praise accompanying Grohl, supplied by a corps of pro fuglemen who lead and escort the illustrious on his vanity venture, is grand.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. MikeJ
    Apr 15, 2007
    10
    My favorite Metal Album, it rocks!
  2. Hein
    May 2, 2006
    7
    "The most disappointing aspect of Probot is that many of the songs sound more like Foo Fighters turned to eleven than actual metal." "The most disappointing aspect of Probot is that many of the songs sound more like Foo Fighters turned to eleven than actual metal." Pitchfork don't understand a thing about ROCK again. It's just a feel good metal record that DOESN'T sound like the Foo Fighters. Full Review »
  3. JCase
    May 6, 2004
    9
    I don't think I've enjoyed a metal album more upon first hearing it than Probot since I first put Master of Puppets in the CD I don't think I've enjoyed a metal album more upon first hearing it than Probot since I first put Master of Puppets in the CD player. Grohl is amazing. Full Review »