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Ratt - 2010 Infestation



ARTIST: Ratt
ALBUM: Infestation
LABEL: Roadrunner/Loud & Proud
SERIAL: RR78632
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stephen Pearcy - lead vocals * Warren DeMartini: - guitar * * Carlos Cavazo - guitar * Robbie Crane - bass * Bobby Blotzer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eat Me Up Alive * 02 Best Of Me * 03 A Little Too Much * 04 Look Out Below * 05 Last Call * 06 Lost Weekend * 07 As Good As It Gets * 08 Garden Of Eden * 09 Take A Big Bite * 10 Take Me Home * 11 Don't Let Go

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WEBLINKS: www.therattpack.com


Background
The last time Ratt released an album of new material was back in 1999, a recording which sounded nothing like their vintage 80's years, a malaise that affected many bands trying to be hip in the 90's. Happily that is a distant memory for Ratt fans in 2010 and in quite amazing circumstances the band have recorded an album which in all honesty could have been lifted from 1984. I'm not sure how many fans thought Ratt had it in them to achieve this, but the addition of Carlos Cavazo must have revitalised the band a great deal. There's no pandering to anything current here, just a band knowing where their strengths lie - and they have exploited them gloriously.


The Songs
Opener 'Eat Me Up Alive' begins with a riff similar to 'You're In Love' and the production has a gritty 80's vibe that recalls Ratt's early years. Taking this further is 'Best Of Me', a classic melodic rock track which is more suited to the 'Detonator' era. The chorus here is immediate in effect, something which is true of every track on the recording. Highlights are numerous throughout and what's really crucial is the heaviness of the music, on par with Ratt's early days. 'Last Call' is sped up, with a ton of attitude and swagger, a throwback to what a great era these guys came from. The opening bars of 'Lost Weekend' are crushing and I had a hard time getting the chorus of this one out of my head. This is 1985 all over, honestly. Pearcy sounds great, belting out the lyrics to 'Garden Of Eden' with bravado, the man still singing about having a 'bad reputation' all these years later. 'Take A Big Bite' is nothing short of metal and bums like Motley Crue could really learn a thing or two from this level of class. 'Take Me Home' is relatively restrained, but the closing bombast of 'Don't Let Go' sums up this beast of a hard rock album, fast, frenzied and overwhelming.


In Summary
This is a serious contender for album of the year, in a year itself already bombarded with quality releases in the hard rock and AOR categories. Ratt's resurgence is a welcome addition to the likes of Treat, Krokus, Keel, Overkill and The Scorpions who have all peeled off stunning albums. Ratt more than the others though have captured the essence of who they once were and happily still are. There's no shame in holding on to the sound which made them great and thankfully they have realised that. As long as Pearcy, Blotzer and DeMartini are around there will always be Ratt. This is an essential listen for any rock fan.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 07 2010 20:44:03
Fantastic album. Like the 90s never happened.
#2 | MUSCLE on April 09 2010 20:27:59
stunning effort. good time party rock dont get any better than this. if you want to pull hot blonde chicks wearing tasseled leather jackets stick this album on. it will sort your head out right and see you doing the business just like way cool jr! score 10
#3 | Eric on April 10 2010 04:22:41
The Shit-The real deal...

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#4 | Eric on April 10 2010 05:13:04
Holy S**t!!
#5 | gdazegod on April 10 2010 09:59:14
No shit? lol!
#6 | reyno-roxx on April 10 2010 15:06:19
There's no better shit than this shit out there right now! goodjob
#7 | Eric on April 10 2010 15:52:29
Rule #1 - never go out drinking with friends and post on GD late at night while listening to the new Ratt!

With that said, I'm not big on 80's bands STILL recording, but this disc is the best 'comeback' I've heard in years. Truly the shit. Thumbs Up
#8 | gdazegod on April 10 2010 16:05:40
Steven Pearcy will be mightily impressed with the vernacular going down tonite! excited
#9 | Eric on April 10 2010 16:10:17
Shit yeah! - Still nursing a hangover..confused
#10 | jeffduran on April 15 2010 04:56:28
agree in the sense it stayed true to what RATT is about and captures it in spades in some parts more than ever. Maybe I will give it a listen considering what you cats are saying above.
#11 | RobLynott on April 16 2010 13:51:36
The best hair metal album in years. It has the grid and the power I miss on Chinese democracy. Well done, guys goodjob
#12 | jeffrey343 on September 18 2010 03:53:33
Very impressed with this one. I lost interest in Ratt after "Dancing Undercover", but this restored my interest. It pulls off sounding both 80-ish and modern. Even though Pearcy's voice has aged, it doesn't even matter with this type of hard rock - it works just fine. I have to be in just the right mood to listen to this straight through, but it works great when I'm in that kind of mood.
 
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