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RATT: Infestation
RATT Infestation new music review

RATT: Infestation

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 5.0/5.0

An Infestation of Ratt is back, and we're better for it. Forgetting the reunion hype, band politics, and petty speculation, original long serving 80's Sunset Strip denizens Ratt are back in major form, with ex-Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo along for the ride. Also forgetting the miserable 1999 eponymous comeback Ratt, this is the best Ratt has sounded in years. Yes, to answer your immediate question, Infestation is as good as Out of the Cellar or Invasion of Your Privacy.

This is the Ratt that you know and love: hard driving with big vocals from Stephen Pearcy, a blistering rhythm section, tons of melody and hooks, and astronomical fret fireworks to spare. Eat Me Up Alive or Best of Me recalls the leather and swagger of the Strip. Last Call bleeds rock and roll attitude, with a Jack fueled pace. It's good when a band knows it roots and success; Ratt ventures little from their energetic and catchy party rock hooks as on Lost Weekend. Take a Big Bite reminds of classic Ratt circa, Out of the Cellar. Frankly, I doubt bands half their age can keep up with Ratt's high octane pace or talent.

Ratt's Infestation may be the best revival of a classic 80's band this year. It's as if they have not skipped a beat since 1985. Whether it's age or maturity, on Infestation Ratt proves they were always the real deal. Strongly recommended!

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In Short

Ratt's Infestation may be the best revival of a classic 80's band this year. It's as if they have not skipped a beat since 1985. Whether it's age or maturity, on Infestation Ratt proves they were always the real deal. Strongly recommended!

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