|Posted on September 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM|
Quiet Riot – Quiet Riot 10
Written by The Rock Man
My teenage years were in the 1980s. During this period is where I spent my time discovering hard rock and metal music. This is where I have come to base all my beliefs about what is and what is not hard rock and metal. The first band that I embraced from this genre was Quiet Riot. I had their albums Metal Health (1983) and Condition Critical (1984) on cassette and I played those two albums so much that I wore both of them out and had to replace them more than once. They were great days and they were an awesome band and as the years rolled on I continued to follow them and collected each new record as it came out.
Like many fans that stayed with them I was shocked when original lead singer Kevin DuBrow unexpectedly passed away in 2007. Not long after drummer Frankie Banali announced that Quiet Riot could never return as a live performing entity, out of respect for his friend DuBrow. At this point I thought Quiet Riot would just become another rock band forgotten in the pages of music history. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard the news that not only was Banali reforming the band but was also releasing a new Quiet Riot album titled Quiet Riot 10.
This latest reincarnation of the band sees Banali team up with previous members Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and new vocalist Jizzy Pearl, formally of Love/Hate fame. My initial concerns were what will this sound like? And what are they trying to achieve here? As it turns out Pearl really fits the band quite nicely, unlike other bands that just cannot seem to find the right replacement, this works very well indeed. As for what will they achieve? I actually do not think they are trying to achieve anything, I do not think they are trying to recapture any past glory but rather just enjoying making music and celebrating the band.
So what is the deal with this new record? Interestingly the band have recorded six new songs featuring Pearl and rounded out the album with four live performances featuring DuBrow. The six new tracks have that familiar Quiet Riot sound to them and Pearl does not come across like he is trying to sound like DuBrow, he sings in his natural tones which fit better than any of the previous attempts at finding a replacement.
The album kicks off with Rock In Peace which is pure classic Quiet Riot in sound, vibe and attitude. Bang For Your Buck is an energetic rocker while Backside Of Water with it’s outstanding guitar riff and groove is a definite highlight the same can be said for Dogbone Alley. Back To You and Band Down are serviceable tracks which brings us to the live DuBrow offerings, which include Put Up Or Shut Up and South Of Heaven. Not that we need it, but these performances remind us of what a true talent he really was within the metal community.
Not normally one to criticize, I did however find myself with a couple of issues. Firstly the sound production; the tracks for some reason I simply cannot understand, sound like they were recorded in an underground bunker using analogue equipment from the 1960s. Secondly the track selection; the band have gone to the effort to write six new tracks for this record, surely they could have squeezed out three or four more to have a whole new record instead of half a one. And as for the live tracks, you would think they have enough archival material to release a full live album, but this minor observation aside Quiet Riot 10 is still worth the purchase price and a must have for any fan of the band or 80s metal for that matter.
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