Posts Tagged ‘Cold Sweat’

warrantFor this week’s album of the week, we wanted to keep the train moving forward as we flash-backed to 1989 for this week’s album. One of my favorite artists to come out of the late 1980’s glam scene is LA rock band Warrant who was made up of the late Jani Lane (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Joey Allen (Guitar), Erik Turner (Guitar), Jerry Dixon (Bass), and Steven Sweet (Drums). After making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip, the band would record and release their debut album on January 31, 1989 entitled Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich which was produced by Beau Hill (Ratt). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 10 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it even produced a top 5 hit both on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the album as well because Beau Hill claimed he told the band, “songs are really great, but I think we’re a little weak in the solo department and so I like to bring somebody in.” He claims that everyone in the band signed off so he brought in Mike Slamer (ex-Streets) to do all the guitar work and the solos which is his claim as well as Slamer’s and Slamer’s wife too.

750181. 32 Pennies– The band starts off with that rock swagger right from the get go in a song about needing money to impress a girl, but not having much to your name. 5/5

2. Down Boys– This is one of my favorite songs on the album just cause it’s a straightforward rock song about performing oral sex on a woman with those conveniently placed Keyboards during the chorus. 5/5

3. Big Talk– A cool rock track with that awesome bass line about a guy who gets into fights and tells people to basically back up their big talk or just shut up. 5/5

4. Sometime She Cries– This is one of the first ballads on the album that addresses the theme of loneliness. 5/5

5. So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)– A sleaze rock track that has that driving riff about what else, but sex!!! 4/5

750196. D.R.F.S.R.– Essentially the title track to the album about a business executive who brags about all the things he has because he makes money off of poor musicians. 5/5

7. In The Sticks– a track with a real bluesy feel to the sleaze rock that were chugging out in a track that seems to be about life changing after sex for the couple, but then I feel it’s about a guy who comes back from the city to try and hit on a poor country girl. You be the judge! 4/5

8. Heaven– The other Power ballad on the album that was originally a song written by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet’s previous band, but re-recorded for Warrant. This is one of the best ballads of the 80’s. 5/5

9. Ridin’ High– That sleaze blues rock comes to play in this track that features some unbelievable riffage in a track that is all about enjoying your life before you die. 4/5

10. Cold Sweat– The last track on the album with that signature sleaze blues sound about bringing a girl home and having your way with them. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely an amazing album from the band and an amazing way to make yourselves known on the scene. But as history would have it, we know what follows this one which was even bigger. I am going to give the record 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

aIt’s the second entry this week for the album of the week in a week that already featured a release from The Queens Of The Stone Age and my review of Amon Amarth’s Deceiver Of The Gods. So, we got the fourteenth album from thrash metal titans Megadeth called Super Collider. The album’s line up consists of Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Chris Broderick, and Shawn Drover and is produced by Johnny K. The album also features a guest appearance from Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman and it’s the first album to be released on Dave’s own label Tradecraft via Universal.

a2Kingmaker is the first track and it opens up with a very dark bass line from bass master Dave Ellefson over a helicopter. Then before you know it, Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick came all guns a blazing with the sonic guitar assault. The track is amazing as it talks about wanting everything now and Dave acting like he wants to be the King S*** (hence Kingmaker). The title track is next and it feels like more of a hard rock song than a thrash metal song.  I’m not saying the track is bad, but it seems Dave has gone back to the days of Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings (which are some of my favorite albums) for inspiration with this track. Burn! opens up with the guitar master flexing his muscles before breaking into the track. The song is a great hard rock track, but the lyrics are a little weak (Burn baby burn cause it feels so good?) Built For War is them getting back into Megadeth mode with the double bass drum assault with the sonic assault from their fearless leader and his guitar partner in a Rust In Peace kind of style. Off The Edge is the next track on the record and it starts with some riffing before the song breaks in and as much of the album so far it explores a hard rock feel like Cryptic Writings. Dance In The Rain features Dave talking through the music as if he is telling a story to you which talks of big brother and a storm brewing so I hope you can dance in the rain. The track also features David Draiman on vocals.

a3Beginning Of Sorrow opens up with a killer bass riff from arguably my favorite bassist. It’s a track that is a little different for Megadeth with his daughter Electra adding background vocals to the track. The Blackest Crow is the next track and it has a bluegrass country feel to it that is dominant in the beginning and remains a part of the song throughout. It seems that Megadeth is expanding their horizons and I like it. As I said the bluegrass in prominent in the beginning before a cadence like drum beat starts to take over before Dave sings. Forget To Remember is the next track on the album and it’s a complete hard rock song with the power chords. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome track, but if you were expecting Endgame or United Abominations by this point then your out of luck. Don’t Turn Your Back… starts off with a blues like riff before that track everybody was expecting kicks in. It hits you like a freight train with the double bass assault and that typical Megadeth like riffing. The last track on the record is a cover of Thin Lizzy’s Cold Sweat which was an amazing song to begin with. The album isn’t that bad, but it’s a little bit of a departure for Megadeth sort of like what Risk was at the time except this is ten times better than Risk. I am going to give this record 3.5 stars out of five.