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On disc: Ratt

Infestation - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


(Roadrunner Records - 2010)

Ratt are back! Many 80's band's are back, but most of the times their studio albums aren't very convincing. Infestation is different! Stephen Pearcy and his rat pack show with the opener Eat Me Up Alive that they are back full force - and with the classic Ratt sound. Looks like it was a good idea to bring ex-Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo in, coz he and Warren DeMartini work together perfectly. If you can imagine how Out Of The Cellar and Invasion Of Your Privacy would sound, if they were recorded now, then you know what to expect! Best Of Me is a catchy rocker la Ratt and back in the days this one would be on heavy rotation at MTV! A Little Too Much sounds heavy, dirty and is catchy as hell, this is what RattRatt fans were waiting for! Fast rockers like Last Call are pure fun, let's party! At Lost Weekend they sound even heavier! Heavy riffs and melodic duel leads are presented by the dynamic duo Cavazo / DeMartini and it's their guitar play which makes this album so strong, but I don't want to minimize the performance of the other Ratts! The leads at As Good As It Gets will give you shivers! Not as fast as some of the other tunes, but heavy, melodic and catchy. With Take Me Home they offer a heavy, balladesque rocker. Not a real ballad, but that's okay, coz Ratt never been good at ballads. The closer is Don't Let Go and perhaps the weakest tune on Infestation, but with songs on such a high level it doesn't mean that it's a bad song. It just can't match the high quality of the other tracks.
If you loved Ratt in their heydays, then you should check out Infestation! But be aware, this one is highly infectious!

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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