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Who Remembers Silent Rage?

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments15 Comments

I came across Silent Rage's video for "Rebel Without a Cause" the other day. I haven't thought about Silent Rage in awhile...so I went to their Facebook page to see what is going on. Turns out, the band is apparently getting ready to record and tour again. This floored me, to be honest. So, what do you think of a new Silent Rage record?


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One of The Greatest Cheeze Metal Songs Of All Time!

One of The Greatest Comedy Albums Of All Time!

One of The Greatest Cheeze Metal Albums Of All Time!

One of The Cheeziest Metal Album Covers (front and back!) Of All Time! And what's with the bizarro looking chest on the cover. It's like the guy had a gym accident or something (or they botched his Six-Pack transplant).

And certainly, One Of The Cheeziest Metal Videos Of All Time!

Okay, Okay! I admit it, a lot of the stuff I like is Cheez Metal!

Sure these boyz are Poseurs, but who the h*ll cares!

It's katchy and killarious!

Call it Pop Metal, Party Metal or even Stupid Metal, it's fun no matter what.

It's probably more accurate to call this AOR Melodic Rock, but it's got a fair amount of Hair Metal trappings to put it in that subgenre, too.

No doubt, people are gonna hate on this but what can I tell ya, it's a guilty pleasure for me. In fact, I think I mighta missed this the first time around (when it was originally released back in the day) but when I unearthed it reading a review mocking it on sleazegrinder.com a couple of years ago, I just had to check it out.

When I YouTubed "Rebel Without A Cause" a couple of years ago, I thought it was both hilarious and killer at the same time... Thus, Killarious!

Then when I got the song on iTunes, I must have listened to it like 20 times during which time I was jumping around, air guitaring -- the whole bit, acting like a total goofball, which come to think of it, isn't too far removed from how these guyz act.

It's also quite amusing to note how ridiculous theez clownz look, all hair and leather, when their sound is more akin to a band that should be wearing matching white suits a la Angel and the like except for that Pomp Rock look was long gone by the time theez cheezeballz hit the scene.

The album, "Don't Touch Me There", from which this song is from, also has a great cover of ELO's "Can't Get Her Out Of My Head".

Look, I just realized something... This is definitely not Metal. It's "Metal" in quotations.

p.s. These guyz were yet another $immons Executive Production job (read "hack job") like Black'n'Blue, Wendy O. and House Of Lords, among the many other bands he micromanaged to screw up.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metal or "Metal", hair, stupid, clown metal I don;t care what they call it, I personally enjoy it. It's catchy and full of excellent musicianship. And tell me this if it's that stupid and mocked why would so many people would pay up to $200 for a japanese cd of Don't touch me there?
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
Strip away all that has been quite accurately pointed out (the cheese factor) by my man Metalboy,and you have what George said, a catchy, hook laden tune. That's what always drew me to this genre,awesome musicians (in most cases) that wrote basically simple, hook laden songs.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Never a fan.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
Yeah, this was a cash cow for $immons from the beginning.

Speaking of simple, I shoulda just said "Highly Commercial, high-gloss Pop Metal sheen applied to paint-by-the-numbers, 3 Chord Rock do-re-mi hooks".

The lyrics are inane, too, which is another unintentional element of comedy this song possesses. "Rebel With A Cause"! Even the title is hysterical.

But, as in most cases, KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) works everytime, and, in this case, as with most of his "Projects", $immons' formula worked.

And I'm a sucker for it nearly everytime.

P.S. This is "Jock Rock", too! The cover, right away, appeals to that sort of meat-headed testosterone fueled mentality. Not sayin' all Jocks are D*cks. Many of my friends are jocks and a former schoolmate I used to play High School Hookey with all the time is now the owner (and a pretty cool one at that) of an NFL Football Team. Then again, I know plenty who are as*holes, and this is right up their ally. This was totally aimed at them and their chicks who are into musclebound freaks like these goofballs. This band was so packaged. The Muscle Bound Twin Act band leaders probably realized they had a gimmick with the whole "Venice Surfer right off Muscle Beach" thing going on and it worked for $immons who then packaged it up and delivered to those who preferred their Metal light-ss-air AOR Melodic Rock. Their lyrics "...sign of victory!" are not the same as Accept's "...sign of victory!", that's for damn sure! Whitebread Teen Suburban Metal! Can't you see these clowns showin' up in matching Red '86 Trans Ams to practice? I'm sure they moved a lot of units in the PX's throughout the world, too! Gotta Love It!

p.s.s.t. Remember, George, just cuz people pay a lot of money for something duzn't mean it's necessarily good. At least I realize Silent Rage is crap even tho I love it anyway.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Silent Rage was at ROK 09. I loved their set and they sounded very good. There songs are party anthems that appeal to me. Also Baton Rouge were very similar
BTW....M3 was killer....more to come on my 3 days of Rockin Out
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Saw Silent Rage recently, opening for Gilby Clarke at a tiny club in Redondo Beach, California, called the Brixton. That's all I can really say, they weren't bad enough to be memorable, and they weren't good enough to leave any kind of impression. Completely forgettable. A performance kiss of death.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce
Bri -- Baton Rouge was better. A little more bluesy and Southern tinged. Tho Baton Rouge is equally overproduced, Silent Rage is more generic sounding. Can't wait to hear your report on M3!

You can't tell where Silent Rage is from tho the record company really gave it that LCD Midwestern appeal. It's Midwestern Lite Jock AOR Melodic Generometal!

p.s. I went on their myspace page for the h*lluvit and, let me tell you, that Goth lettering of their logo and those Skulls bookending it don't fool me!

p.s.s.t. Ace, Wow! You saw 'em in Redondo Beach! You are so lucky to be livin' out there bein' able to go see all of these bands around L.A. Hey, you goin' to Poison Dolls Crue at The Hollywood Bowl in June? I'll also be at Steel Panther the night before. You probably seen 'em tons but I actually never have and I hear their pretty funny and pretty good, too!

p.s.s.s.t. Make those Red Matching Silent Rage Trans Ams with the logo and Official Pace Car painted on the sides along with British Knights and Ibanez logos, too! That's what these clowns shoulda been drivin' to practice in back in the day.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Sounds like somebody went to High School with Steve Bisciotti Metalboy??? 8>)
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I always thought that,back in the day of starving musicians,,these guys seemed to always have the best ads,,the best equipment,gigs,photos,tapes/cds with no money spared.and the music was,if anything,,under average...SO my take was there guys were funded alot of money by A) rich parents who bought em all what bthey 'needed'..or B) a Sugar daddy/Momma thet took care of em,..I dont know,,just my 2 cents
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjimbo
OOOPPPPSS I totally got these guys confused with Lixx Array..sorry!
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjimbo
@ Metalboy!: You are absolutely right but the fact that I bought their RCA disc for $5 and I loved it (I admit it) made me think that maybe I've missed something that the collectors haven't and they are willing to pay a lot of $$$ for a rare press of the same album. Collector's madness I guess! Btw there was an earlier album called shattered hearts which is more raw and less poppy.
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
Jimbo! I dunno about Lixx Array cuz I didn't find out about 'em 'til the second time around. I think their better than Silent Rage.

George! Yeah, I've been meaning to pick up their first album, "Shattered Hearts", as I heard the same thing. Further proof they were a $immons Packaging Job as he "discovered" them after "Shattered Hearts" came out.

Thus the Plastic Metal sound on the second album, making it more of a guilty pleasure rather than a REAL Rock'n'Roll album, which the "Shattered Hearts" album sounds like it should be.

Gonna have to pick it up. Probably not cheap (for the original), but I buy lotsa stuff like that, so wh*t the h*ll.

p.s. Gary, did you go to High School with Steve Bisciotti?
May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
No, MB, I was guessing that you did.Only "famous" person I graduated with was a guy named Ron Mattes.He was an offensive lineman in the NFL with the Seahawks and Bears.....
May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
It's interesting...

I just replayed this vid again and after it, what automatically queed up on YouTube next was Hericane Alice, "Wild, Young And Crazy" and then after that one, Shy doin' "Give It All You Got", both superior songs by superior groups from the same era.

Hmmm... wonder what could be next?... Must break my Metal Addiction... Oops, time to go to sleep... better put on my Powerballads Playlist #5, featuring deep cuts from 80's/90's Glam Metal and AOR Melodic Hard Rock bands most people have never heard of, hahaha!!!

So much for curing my addiction...

Can you believe I actually have to put this stuff on every night when I crash out in order to fall asleep?! It's 110% True! Where oh where am I gonna find me a Metalchick that would go for that?! Even most Metalchix ain't that Metal!
May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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