‘Louder Harder Faster’
2017 release from Frontiers Music srl.
Robert Mason – Vocals. Joey Allen – Lead guitar, backing vocals. Erik Turner – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals. Jerry Dixon – Bass, backing vocals. Steven Sweet – Drums, backing vocals.
Artist location: Hollywood, California, USA.
4.5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- Louder Harder Faster.
- Devil Dancer.
- Only Broken Heart.
- U In My Life.
- Music Man.
- New Rebellion.
- Big Sandy.
- Choose Your Fate.
- Let It Go.
- I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (Merle Haggard cover).
Warrant return with their eighth original studio album, their second album with Robert Mason (Cry Of Love, Big Cock, ex-Lynch Mob) behind the mic and their first release since 2011’s excellent ‘Rockaholic‘.
The band is comprised of all original members Joey Allen, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon and Steven Sweet along with Mason, who has been with the band since 2008, after the shortlived stint with Black N’ Blue vocalist Jamie St. James and the 2006 ‘Born Again‘ record.
Now anytime there is a change in an original line-up there are folks who are going to be the naysayers and complain that the band is just not the same band without so-and-so being involved, much more the case when it is the lead singer. Just look at other bands such as Journey, Queensryche or Great White, some people will just never be happy with change regardless of what the circumstances were causing the change or how well the new member sounds with the band.
Well such is the case with Warrant. I have heard so many folks say that it isn’t Warrant without Jani Lane (RIP). Let’s get that out of the way. It is still, and has always been, Warrant.
Does it sound the same as when Lane was involved? No, of course not.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!
That was the band, and their sound, at that point in their history, and it was fantastic, no doubt about it. But this is them now, and has been for many years now, people! So to any naysayers, just get over it already! The music is incredible, they still kick ass and Robert Mason sounds amazing with them! That is all there is to it really.
These guys rock!
And the music that is contained here on this new album is just that, incredible, kick ass tunes that you will be bobbing your head and singing along to in no time.
‘Louder Harder Faster‘ starts the record off and this track is exactly what it sounds like it would be, a loud, hard and fast rocker that sounds like a song that could have come off of the ‘Rockaholic‘ album.
Things continue on in the same vein with another standout rocker in ‘Devil Dancer‘ and a terrific upbeat number with ‘Perfect‘.
‘Only Broken Heart‘ is a fantastic, grooving number that takes us into the ballad of the album, ‘U In My Life‘, a very low key and mellow track with a great vocal from Mason.
After a slow start ‘Music Man‘ cranks up into a terrific bluesy song with a great groove and takes us into a fantastic upbeat track in ‘Faded‘.
‘New Rebellion‘ is a fast, hard rocking number that is a standout for me.
‘Big Sandy‘ is a short, fast rocker that took me a few spins to get into and, while it is the weakest song here in my opinion, it is not really a bad one.
‘Choose Your Fate‘ and ‘Let It Go‘ are both pretty good rock tracks and they lead us into the album closer, ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink‘. This is a remake and cover of Merle Haggard’s number one hit from 1980 and the guys do a fantastic job here. I love this one! Just a terrific job from the band.
Production is spot on here, as one would expect as it was handled by none other than Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, ex-Dokken) and he has done a superb job.
The band is fantastic and sound tight, with every member pulling their weight and making their presence known throughout the entire album. These guys just get better and better.
And Mason, well he is simply excellent! One hell of a great vocalist in my book and he sounds terrific on every track as he works his way around a large range of notes throughout.
I have followed Mason since I first heard him on Lynch Mob’s second album, the self titled record from 1992. From Lynch Mob, to Cry Of Love, a band from here in my home State of North Carolina, to the rather juvenile comedy, but still rocking, music of Big Cock and on to Warrant, I have followed his career and I must say that he has found his perfect fit here with Warrant. They sound superb together and now with two kick ass records under their belts let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long to get a third one.
If you are expecting, or wanting, to hear the same band and sound we heard on the old records then just go listen to those timeless classics and enjoy them, for they are great. But if you are not stuck solely in the past and can also enjoy some new, rocking music, or if you liked the incredible ‘Rockaholic‘ album, then make sure to give this one a try, I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed in the least because it is a fantastic album and these guys delivered in spades once again with a near perfect record.
‘Louder Harder Faster’.
‘Only Broken Heart’.
‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink’.