Writes the Mojo Radio site, "Ratt were among the pioneers of Los Angeles based hair metal. They scurried down Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and were among the founding fathers of the sound and scene which developed on those legendary sidewalks.
Ratt's new CD, Infestation hits the streets on April 20th, but the first single “Best Of Me,” answers the call for fans who have been hungering for a taste; a morsel to feed that Ratt and Roll addiction.
“Best Of Me,” is prototypical mid-80’s Ratt that would have fit nicely on any of their early works like Out of The Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy. This is the band’s best album in over two decades.
Stephen Pearcy’s voice sounds as good today as it did when he took us “Round and Round” in 1983. Warren DeMartini is still shredtastic, and new guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) slips right into the band’s signature bluesy groove. Bobby Blotzer is still a skin pounding madman behind the kit, and bassist Robbie Crane keeps the rhythm lockstep with Blotzer. The two really shine on the grinding, “Take A Big Bite.”
The album’s opening track “Eat Me Up Alive” has that “You’re In Love” vibe, and is immediately addictive. Likewise, “Lost Weekend” is pure retro-modern Ratt. Is that possible? Yes it is.
“Last Call” drives into a tasty rolling riff line and hits home with a nice wall-o harmony chorus, and Pearcy’s trademark vocal embellishments. The song recalls the band’s classic, “Way Cool Jr.”
Songs like “Garden of Eden” and “A Little Too Much” wind you up with scorching guitar licks, thunderous rhythms, and Ratt’s trademark infectious hooks.
The album, which was recorded with producer Elvis Baskette (Taking Dawn, Incubus, Chevelle, Alterbridge), and will be released by Road Runner/Loud & Proud Records, is a full 11 tracks of bluesy, rocking, and feel good 80’s hair metal, with a fuller sound and better production then we’ve ever heard on a Ratt album. Baskette dragged the quintet from the safe haven of its L.A. roots to the shores of Virginia for the recording of Infestation. A first for the band. The experiment paid off. Modern Ratt will drag you right back into the Sunset Strip gutters, with big hair licks, and denim and leather rhythms.
After hearing the new album’s rich sound, I only wish the band had gone back and re-recorded their classic hits as a companion disc to go with it.
Ratt have rediscovered themselves with Infestation, and their strengths and talents are on clear display for all to hear. Some might say they have reinvented themselves as well, but the truth is, a Ratt never loses it’s way, it simply hides in the dark waiting for the precise moment to re-emerge. That time April 20th, 2010; the day of Infestation!
To celebrate the release of the new album, the band will perform a special Red Carpet record release party and show at the Key Club in West Hollywood on the April 20th release date. Look out Hollywood, the Ratts are back in town!"