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Ratt helped pioneer Hollywood's legendary Sunset Strip sound and scene. The band has returned sounding fired up and better than ever. Ratt's first studio album in 11 years, 'Infestation,' is a return to their heavy, riff driven roots. The band has
reinvented their sound by rediscovering their strengths, shuttling listeners to a time when metal ruled the earth and real musicians wore eyeliner like a badge of honor. 'We wanted this to be like something that we would have written right after
[1984's] 'Out of the Cellar,' says vocalist Stephen Pearcy. 'We definitely went back to basics with the mindset of a band with a lot of excitement and some great songs to get out.'
Ratt flew to a remote area of Virginia Beach in spring 2009 to work on new songs. They stayed in a four bedroom house there and wrote on their own schedule, banging out riff after riff and molding them into tunes quickly and with great enthusiasm. 'We literally ate, slept and did everything right there, and it was great fun,' DeMartini says. 'We would stay up as late as we wanted and work as late as we wanted and wake up when you want and eat something and get right back to it. It was really cool; there were even a couple of engineers that lived close by. It felt like going to an oasis to be creative.'
Produced by Michael 'Elvis' Baskette (Chevelle, Alter Bridge).

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records
  • ASIN: B0034K7QXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Aron Basile on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I could hardly believe my ears. When I bought Infestation at a Mom and Pop(got it 4 days early), I told the lady behind the counter I was expecting the worst and hoping for the best. Well the best is what I got. This is EASILY the best album put out by the so called "80's metal bands" since the early 90's. After suffering through some of the garbage that Bon Jovi, Poison and Firehouse have released in the last 10 years, I literally had to stop the first song and start over again to make sure I was hearing this right. I won't write a long review about each song but ,believe me, if you love this type of music go immediately to your source for new music and purchase the ENTIRE RECORD. RATT is back and this is one of their 3 best albums.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Now here is a reunion album I never thought we'd see. Ratt - with Stephen Pearcy - is back together with a new album titled Infestation. The guys have put their past issues aside, now the question is whether they can release a real Ratt n' roll album in the new century. As good as recent albums from bands like Great White, Dokken, Tesla and Whitesnake are, they just aren't at the same level as their classic 80's output. These bands have all matured, and their sound has too, which is fine, but when you're best known for decadent party rock, mature isn't quite what the doctor ordered.

Fortunately, Ratt somehow managed to capture some of the energy that made albums like Invasion of Your Privacy and Dancing Undercover essential "hair metal" releases. Infestation is an album that absolutely fits with the classic Ratt sound. It's tight, melodic, and catchy, with just the right amount of sleaze. I've heard Stephen Pearcy's post-Ratt projects, and I have to say he never sounded as good as he does with Warren DeMartini by his side. Pearcy supplies the bad boy charm and sleaze appeal, and DeMartini supplies some insane guitar work. It's easy to overlook when the songs are so catchy, but he is an absolute wizard on guitar. Former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo is a great addition as well, supplying killer rhythms as well as some lead work. Of course, Bobby Blotzer is rock-steady on drums.

Infestation is every bit the sexually-charged party rock album I was hoping for. "Best of Me" is the album's first single, and it's one of the best songs this band has ever recorded.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Levesque on April 20, 2010
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When I first heard that Ratt was recording a new CD, I really wasn't sure what to expect. As an eighties kid, Ratt was always my favorite rock band. I've gotten every CD (or cassette) of original music that they've released starting with the pre-Out of the Cellar EP. There was always something so distinctive and gutter about Stephen Pearcy's voice, something so intricate yet restrained about Warren's guitar playing-- while everybody else was trying to sound like Van Halen or Bon Jovi (to get more radio airplay) NOBODY else sounded like Ratt. Whenever you listened to their music, it sounded like the soundtrack to the streets of LA. Below all the lights and glamor, it was nasty and dangerous.

Like every other hard rock band post-Nirvana, Ratt lost their focus. Somewhere along the way, Pearcy left the band, guitarist Robin Crosby passed away, bassist Juan Croucier exited, and... well, at least everyone would always remember "Round & Round."

Back in 1999, there was a little buzz over a "new" CD featuring a modern sounding Ratt. Titled simply "Ratt" with a REALLY lame CD cover, it was a big disappointment. The production sucked, the songs (written with a lot of outside help) were left over wannabe-Aerosmith songs, and it just sounded... boring.

So, now it's 11 years later, Stephen is back in the band, Robin has been replaced by Carlos Cavazzo (you remember him, he was the blond haired guy in Quiet Riot) and once again there's buzz about a new CD. So, this time around, 11 years older, can the guys in this band still rock?

HELL FRIGGIN YEAH!

If I didn't know any better, I would swear that these tracks were recorded back in the eighties and remastered to sound current.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Gold on April 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a huge Ratt fan, but they had some later albums that were disapointing to me,
so I was expecting the same this time. But...wow...was I wrong. This album is filled with great guitar, singing and lyrics filled with attitude, and a
hammering rythem section! Eat me up alive, Best of me, Lost weekend, a little to much and As good as it gets are 5 excellent, hard rocking songs and
are easily the standout tracks. I cant remember the last time I bought a album that had 5 standout tracks and the others are pretty good too.
Warrens guitar playing is awesome as always, Carlos add's to the sound with his standout playing, Pearcy never sounded better and sings the songs like they come from his heart and his guts and Bobby's drumming is oustanding and shows that he is very under rated as a drummer. Crane's bass playing lays down some sweet groves too.
Very infectious groves and lyrics, excellent musicianship, just like the old days with Ratt and one hell of a comeback album.
I bought Motley's last album and this album is much better and i'm a huge Crue fan too.
Pick this up, you wont be disapointed if you are into hard rock music and enjoy the 80's hard rock sound.
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I bet "the barbarian" will give this new Ratt album a one star review...
I'll bet ya, I'll say 2 stars. But anyway I'll give it a 5 because I'm a big RATT fan and been waiting for some good music for awhile now. All RATT albums are good and I don't expect anything less from this one.
Mar 3, 2010 by Metal B. Thyname |  See all 22 posts
I have a copy already
i have just downloaded my 2nd mp3 from this album i bought the 1st from itunes and the 2nd i got it just cause i have pre-ordered the cd this morning and i have this to say its a killer cd so far these 2 songs are killers - ratt n roll
Mar 28, 2010 by Nawaf Ahmed Albardooli |  See all 6 posts
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Thanx so much Speed. I would have missed out in a big way. what Luck or Fate ? I've been waiting 26 years to meet all the guys together. RIP the King, Robin Crosby. RATT & ROLL
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