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RATT, 'Infestation' -- The Bring Back Glam! Album Review

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments17 Comments

Today is the day, my Glam lovelies! RATT unleashes Infestation, the band's first album of all new material in a decade! I feel like we've been waiting for this day for a long, long time.

I have to admit, I love everything about Infestation. I think the songs are great. The writing is good and the guitar work is even better. I love the addition of guitarist Carlos Cavazo. I think he complements Warren DeMartini well.

All told, there are 11 tracks on Infestation. Each is unique, but oh-so-Glam. I mean, honestly Glam. RATT didn't get together and try to make a concept album or create a bunch of songs to sound "radio-ready modern." Nope. These songs fit with everything else in the band's catalog.

What do I like? "Best of Me," "As Good As It Gets" and "Lost Weekend" for sure but really, this is a front to back album. What do I mean by that? I mean, get in your car, roll down the windows, pop on Infestation and just drive. Don't go forward or skip around. Just enjoy every track in order.

Sure, there are heavier moments, like "Eat Me Up Alive" and that song is a great choice to start the album. "Garden of Eden" is freaking fantastic. I love the bass and Stephen Pearcy's growl. Honestly, I hope RATT does a lot of these songs live this summer. Let's drop some of the old material and bring in new fun.

The bottom line: if you haven't already bought this album, shame on you! RATT is bringing back Glam with Infestation - true party rock with a bite! Get it, love it. It's only April but this record is already in first place for Glam record of the year.


Reader Comments (17)

Wow! I'm the first to comment! It's just like old times!

Having said that... I like Infestation and honestly feel - like a lot of people - that this "album" could have fit in somewhere between Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy. It's a return to old school Ratt.
However... I gotta say that the lyrics kinda suck. Pearcy... come on, man, you're 50 plus... time to start writing something better than this crap... It's a shame that with such good, heavy, hooky music (thanks Warren and Carlos) it's brought down a notch by Pearcy's heavy handed sleazeiness... I mean, come on...
All told, though, I'd give this one a 8 out of 10 and think it's gonna breath some life back into Ratt. Hopefully they keep it together live.
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
Great tune. Cannot wait to get this CD.
Does it seem like the ole days? Everytime, I look around, there is another concert coming to my area. 80's Glam bands, no less! Y and T. LA Guns. Faster Pussycat, Lynch Mob, Ratt, Kix, Hammerfall, Dirty Penny and Vains of Jenna...to name a few. Other bands, like Airbourne, Megadeth, WASP, Wildstreet!
I do not have enough money to keep up with all this.
Great time to grow up in the 80s as a kid!
Great time to still be rockin..while we have a little more money to go see the ole vets.
Great to see bands like Airbourne, Wildstreet, Dirty Penny and such continuing to carry the torch.
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrian
Album is Fantastic... It actually has 11 tracks Allyson. Track 11 is "Don't Let Go" and my near favorite. The song is classic Ratt up-beat sound w/ a fresh feel. Can't wait for Rock N America.

BTW... to 1st post, if ya want lyrical artwork... go listen to U2... Infestation's lyrics are what they should be... "light hearted, upbeat and sleazy..."

It's only Ratt-n-Roll... but we love it !!
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwikiwiki
@wiki,

Yep, you're right. I got the American version confused with the import I guess. Thanks for that.

- Allyson
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
I can't say enough about the glam greatness of this Album either. In other words.....DITTO! RATT N ROLL, It's A Way of Life!
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
This album is EPIC! THANK YOU RATT
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn
WOW!! all i can say! this album is amazing. First,Slash now Ratt and hopefully Ozzy's in june nad we'll ahve three great albums in a year so close to each other!

LAST CALL everybody!! ;)
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Just got the Deluxe Edition on iTunes.

If ya didn't get it yet, go for that.

It's got great live stuff as bonus trax...

But the real gem is the extra bonus of an additional new studio track, "Scatter", that is, I dare say, actually better than most of the trax on the regular release.
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
RATT N' ROLL or PAY THE TOLL!

I'll be heading to the local record store this afternoon.

Bill
April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamzilla
Good idea, Ramzilla, but pay 99 cents more at iTunes and you get one of the best cuts from the same sessions, "Scatter", off the deluxe version of the album.
April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
"BTW... to 1st post, if ya want lyrical artwork... go listen to U2... Infestation's lyrics are what they should be... "light hearted, upbeat and sleazy..."

Go listen to U2? Give me a break. I don't expect "lyrical artwork" but I do expect a certain level of craftsmenship where the lyrics are concerned... My point is what worked when Pearcy was in his 20's and 30's and getting wasted and boning groupies is kinda, well... pathetic... coming from a man in his early 50's. That's all.

I still dug the disc.
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValentiine
I agree somewhat Valentiine. True Ratt is usually sleeza rock but Pearc should be able to come up with some other material by now. Not dissin but yeah.
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Hate to harp (hey, I've never done that before!), but listen to "Scatter", the bonus track on the Deluxe Edition available on iTunes. Not only is "Scatter" a great song, as I said earlier, but the words are very different than their usual fare.
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Will do that today! Hey Metalboy! check back on the GAga and Priest thread. I posted a link to a youtube song that sounds something like what me may get if those to ever collaborated.
April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Gotchya Shad! Will do and will comment there as well, bro! Hey, did you say you were comin' to M3? I think you said you were savin' to leave the country to study abroad but are you sure you can't swing it, man? Al and so many of the Bringbackglammsterz are gonna be there, dude!
April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
yeah i gotsta be tight enough i squeak! good news is I wanna have enough so that i can see some shows over in Europe Ya know? I know Heaven and Hell tour there among others and i'd really love to see'em in conert if they are touring then.
April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
This album is the best Ratt album for me. It is faithful to Ratt´s roots, but it is modern. Yesterday I´ve watched the "Round & Round" original videoclip on youtube, and that atmosphere and mood can be found on Infestation. I loved this album. Yes, Warren and Carlos can work togheter. It worked. What else can I say? This album is awesome. From the begginig to the end.
October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrazilBoy

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