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QUIET RIOT 

"Road Rage"

By Theron Moore

In all honesty, and it does pain me to say this, “Road Rage” is a bad record.  It doesn’t sound like a Quiet Riot record. Look, I get it… the band has a new singer, however, as much as I do like James Durbin, and I do, “Road Rage” isn’t the right record to showcase Durbin. The problem is that “Road Rage” was a Seann Nicols record, not a James Durbin record.  From what I understand, it was pulled and reworked with Durbin’s vocals over top.  So, that’s an issue.  Plus, Durbin’s voice is very unique and it doesn’t immediately gel with Quiet Riot’s sound.  But I also imagine that goes back to the fact that “Road Rage” was meant for Nicols and not Durbin.  Future releases should reflect Durbin meshing better with the sound we’ve come to associate with this band.  So, for this very reason I found it difficult to connect with these songs because of this aforementioned mismatch. 
 
At its best with tunes like “Freak Flag,” and “Still Wild,” we’re talking average metal, and that’s being kind. Look, let’s be honest about something.  Songs like “Metal Health,” “Slick Black Cadillac,” not exactly heavy duty songs, but, they did what they needed to do.  They rocked.  The songs on “Road Rage” never even make it to the finish line most of the time.  And here’s the Mind F.  The band sounds tight.  Durbin is a powerhouse singer, but, in the end, nothing comes together cohesively.  And you know what?  I hope the next record’s better.  I’ve been a fan of QR since ’83, so I always wish the best for them.  But, the band needs to reconfigure its’ sound to match Durbin’s voice.  Otherwise, it’s more of the same.  I want Quiet Riot to soar.  “Road Rage” just doesn’t make it off the ground.  With a metal icon like Banali and a young buck like Durbin, Banali needs to figure out how to channel Durbin’s voice into Quiet Riot, it can be done, the dude has range.  I’m recommending this to the diehard QR fans and the metal curious only.  In the end, it’s a hard record to connect with.