Quiet Riot - Road Rage album review

Second time lucky

Cover art for Quiet Riot - Road Rage album

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Anybody who heard the original version of this album, due for release earlier this year, was very relieved when it was scrapped. It was honestly awful, and how much of this was down to previous singer Seann Nichols is obvious now that he’s been replaced by James Durbin.

The Mk.II Road Rage sounds exciting and energised. Durbin has spirit and commitment, the songs are more rounded, and this comes across as a band who’ve rediscovered their mojo.

There’s a bluesier, considerably elevated attitude here that has more in common with Aerosmith or Ratt than the big-hair era that made the band’s name. Quiet Riot have gelled into a tightly coiled unit on their best record in decades.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.