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Quiet Riot 10 album review 2014




JUNE 27 2014



Quiet Riot is one of those bands that you simply ‘get’ if you lived through the early eighties rock scene. Take them out of context or look a few years earlier or later and it’s harder to understand how for a brief moment this band was standing on the top of the rock world. Always carrying the weight of the legacy of Kevin DuBrow their original vocalist, and the album ‘Metal Health’ which stood head and shoulders over the rest of their catalogue in most fans eyes, latter day Quiet Riot has had a hard ride from the critics.


These days with no original members and only drummer Frankie Banali a long-time consistent feature, the band is made up of ex-Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl (ex-Love/Hate, Ratt, LA Guns); Chuck Wright (ex- House Of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, MSG, Paul Shortino's The Cutt, Stephen Pearcy, Adler's Appetite, Love/Hate and others) who of course he did play bass on the most famous of all Quiet Riot tracks ‘Metal Health’ back in the day; and Alex Grossi (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures, Love/Hate).   


‘10’ marks Quiet Riots 12th offering and the first since the rather mixed reception to 2006’s ‘Rehab’. It contains six new tracks and 4 tracks featuring the vocals of former singer DuBrow who died in 2007.  


I’ve always been a huge fan of Love/Hate and so am familiar with Pearls voice and its actually surprising how much he manages to capture a little of DuBrow on some tracks here like opener ‘Rock in Peace’ which kicks off with huge drums, wailing guitar and trademark scream and in a seeming nod to DuBrow a snatch of ‘Metal Health’ lyrics in the chorus.


‘Bang For Your Buck’ is a decent tune with an almost AC/DC-like undertone and more than a hint of Spencer Davis ‘Keep on Running’ in the driving verses, it’s not bad and the gang vocal in the chorus certainly seeks to place it at a point in time. ‘Backside of Water’ is perhaps even better – a nice piece of energetic Hard Rock, but the rest of the new numbers are just OK, though ‘Dogbone Alley’ almost rises its head, but ‘Band Down’ is perhaps the least inspired. There is however one exception.    


That exception is ‘Back On You’ a song that simply sizzles – its amazing Hard Rock that shows you what the band is capable of, it’s just a shame that there’s nothing else here that really can live with it, but if you want the best check this one out!


The big talking point of the album of course comes next in the form of the 4 live ‘DuBrow’ tracks. Now everyone of course will have their own take on things but to me it’s all a bit disingenuous and half-hearted. If you have a band that is so synonymous with the memory of their now seven year dead singer and you have a number of professionally recorded live shows featuring that singer then put them out. It’s as simple as that. Why Banalli has chosen to record half a new album and then tacked on 4 live DuBrow tracks is really beyond me unless it’s simply that without them he fears no one will listen to the new album at all. While I’m sure that might make sense from a marketing perspective and shift a few more records we know that’s not where the money is anyway these days. If fans want to listen to the new music they will but if you really want to honor the name of Kevin DuBrow it would have been great to have included a full live disc rather than just a taste.


With that said I personally never thought a huge amount of ‘Quiet Riot III’ I just remember it being awash with keys trying to follow the success Bon Jovi were having with that sound, and ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ is really a pretty unremarkable song, but it sure is nice to hear DuBrow again.   ‘Free’ and ‘South of Heaven’ from the final DuBrow album ‘Rehab’ are similarly unremarkable but solid songs. It’s only final live cut ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Medley that lights up the sky and makes you smile from ear to ear, starting as it does with Humble Pie’s ‘Red Light Mama Red Hot’ before falling into Howling Wolf’s ‘Spoonful’ then back into another song Humble Pie made their own live in ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’ before ending with (of course) a glimpse of Zep’s ‘Rock and Roll’. The only slightly jarring thing about that last track is the name-checking of Banalli at the start and end of the song something obviously intentionally left in there.


What really ruins the live tracks though is the sound which is particularly bass heavy mix, it sounds at times like a straight board mix. It’s disappointing that after making such a point of their inclusion they haven’t been treated better.


At the end of the day “Is this Quiet Riot?” will still be on some people’s lips – I leave that for you to decide. I’ll just say that on the basis of the first six tracks and particularly ‘Back On You’ I’d like to hear more…    - 



by Mark Rockpit


Quiet Riot 10 album review 2014