I was a young teenager when Quiet Riot burst onto the scene and quickly into superstardom as the rock world collectively banged their heads to the monster hit  album “Metal Health.” 34 years later, Quiet Riot is once again back on the scene with their recent release “Road Rage.” Today’s Quiet Riot is a much different lineup for many different reasons including the passing of vocalist Kevin Dubrow ten years ago. Original drummer Frankie Banali leads the way along with longtime bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and new vocalist James Durbin. The album was originally scheduled for a spring release but the band decided to record a new version of the record featuring their new frontman.

“Road Rage” kicks off with “Can’t Get Enough,” a fast paced rocker that starts things rolling in fine fashion. The band sounds great and Durbin’s vocals are a nice fit as they swagger through the bluesy grooves of “Getaway” and the sleazier funk of “Roll This Joint.” “Still Wild” is a nice mid tempo anthem that will go over well in a live setting and Grossi provides outstanding guitar work on “Make A
Way” with a real passionate feel. Banali drives the pace on the heavier “Renegades” which is a real showcase for the power of Durbin’s vocals. The requisite ballad type track can be found with the slow burn of “The Road.”

I honestly have to say that I had no idea what to expect from “Road Rage” going in but I was very pleasantly surprised. Quiet Riot has just put out a terrific album of blues based rock that works well for today yet still retains all the style and swagger of their 80’s past making it a must listen for fans old and new.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.