"Louder, Harder, Faster"

By Professor Jocko

Many of rock’s greatest bands have gone through reincarnations of both their music and the line-up of the band as well. The more notable changes in most cases are that of a lead singer or guitar player; Van Halen, Black Sabbath and Journey just to name a few have gone through significant personnel changes. Under certain circumstances, you need to evolve in order to stay relevant, and Warrant’s new LP is no exception. Their current line-up features founding band members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet. However, the golden voice of Robert Mason on lead vocals appears for the second time in the last six years. 

Coined as a hair-metal band some 25 or so years ago, Warrant has reinvented themselves as a versatile band capable of proving again that they have what it takes to be on top of the traditional metal scene once again. LFH features 12 songs; one slightly different from the one before it, adding some spectacular diversity to the album. Granted, there are some of the main ingredients from their original formula that are apparent here, such as a ballad, as well as others with strong musical meaning and emotion.

Warrant’s opener is the album title track; “Louder Harder Faster”, which simply kicks ass from beginning to end, showcases the extraordinary energy from these veteran rockers. Robert Mason displays incredible control over the entire song with a voice that was meant for singing in a rock band. Consecutive tracks such as “Devil Dancer” and “Only Broken Heart” really seem to reinforce the contrast of Mason’s unique voice and the swaying music of bluesy-rock which has triumphant moments that allow the song to breathe, showcasing incredible writing and composition talents of the rest of the members of the band. 

As with any band of the late 80’s genre, an album wouldn’t be complete without a ballad; perhaps made mostly for radio play, or maybe even to add a sensitive side their musical repertoire? Nonetheless, “U In My Life” exhibits all of those staple earmarks of such a song; written about the unconditional love of a woman that is. Regardless of the reason, does display certain dynamics within the writing that carry the music lightly throughout the chorus with presence and continuing strength to the end.

I must say that my personal favorite is a mystical track called “Music Man”. It starts with some traditional writing aspects, but delves into something that borders on southern rock styles, yet maintains a harder rock status with the chorus and vocal compliments. The perfect ending to a near perfect album is a Merle Haggard cover called “I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink”, which is perhaps a pinnacle to the gritty attitude of the entire compilation of previous songs, capitalizing on what rock and roll infuses into all of us, building upon what makes us tick.