ARTIST:

QUIET RIOT

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

ROAD RAGE

(2017)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, High-pitched vocals, Old School
"Quiet Riot comes back with a "Road Rage" stuck in time, that shines neither by its originality nor by its dynamism."
NESTOR (26.10.2017)  
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More than 30 years after dominating the US rock charts and initiating the hair metal wave, Quiet Riot is still active. Only Franckie Banali (drums) remains from this distant era, the only survivor of a band that has gone through many line-up changes, often under tragic conditions. One thinks in particular of the deaths of Randy Rhoads, Kevin Dubrow and Kenny Hillery. Consider that James Durbin is the eighth singer to hold this position with Quiet Riot, and the third in 12 months. The kind of performance that only Yngwie Malmsteen's band can surpass.

This farandole of singers has also delayed the release of "Road Rage", the band's thirteenth album, originally scheduled for early 2017 with Seann Nicols at the microphone. Following the latter's departure, Quiet Riot decided to re-record the vocal with James Durbin, a finalist on the TV crochet show American Idol.

As far as the result is concerned, there's nothing to expect from this "Road Rage". Proposed in the early 80's, this album would probably have been welcomed as a serious and succesful heavy metal / hair metal album. 35 years later, it appears rather like a terribly banal and anachronistic record, with moreover a very particular vocal that doesn't correspond at all to today's standards. You only have to listen to the extremely dated 'Freak Flag', with its high, slender voice, to be convinced. And if that wasn't enough, 'Wasted', a title as predictable as it is bland, should finally convince the listener that this "Road Rage" has a rather bad title and hardly evokes any feelings other than boredom.

On very rare occasions, among which we can mention "Make a Way" and the finale of "Still Wild" which shows a bit more personality in terms of atmosphere and vocals, no surprise comes to brighten up the listening of this "Road Rage", except for the choice of a surprising singer.

Is this album however without interest? Not necessarily, the fans of the hair metal period who will get used to James Durbin's vocals will be able to plunge into this nostalgic little bath, concocted by professional musicians. Because if originality is not their primary quality, it is clear that they are not devoid of know-how.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Nothing But Trouble
02. Let It Go
03. Snake Charmer
04. Hey Lil' Sister
05. I Don't Need You Anymore
06. Sledge Hammer
07. Never You Mind
08. Empty Rooms
09. Dirty Money
10. The Seeker
11. Road Rage

LINEUP:
Alex Grossi: Guitares
Chuck Wright: Basse
Frankie Banali : Batterie
James Durbin: Chant
   
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