without Internet Explorer,
in 1280 x 960 resolution
This album starts out appropriately; a siren announcing the coming onslaught of metal, pure metal, with big fucking choruses, riffs, and solos. The music is appropriately heavy and catchy, and though the band appears to be a simple reorganization of glam metal of old, they truly aren’t. Bands like Skid Row and Twisted Sister are obvious influences where bands like Poison and Great White are not.
Crashdïet is not a Swedish Poison or Motley Crue. The songs are incredibly catchy, but none of them ever invoke the simple, by the book songwriting of bands like Poison and Warrant. The first track on the album, “442”, is an ambient track that leads seamlessly into “Armageddon” which, while catchy, starts with a heavy and satisfying riff that eventually leads to a catchy, though not bone-crushingly heavy chorus. The next song, “So Alive”, is nothing too impressive, and is overshadowed by the album’s namesake, “Generation Wild”. This song is the most catchy song on the album, and their best bet from the album of hitting modern rock radio. The next few songs are straight rockers, with the exception of “Save Her”, a ballad among rockers. While catchy and memorable - a diamond among ballads - the riff that begins it was an immediate turn off, and seems rushed and immature. Further listening, however, will reveal a song that’s interesting enough to be considered an asset to the album. There are some throw away songs, however. “Down With the Dust” and “Beautiful Pain” were both songs that failed to catch my attention; the former being a generic rocker that doesn’t distinguish itself from the rest of the album, the latter being a generic and relatively boring ballad.
The instrumentation on this album is good, though not amazing. The guitar work is quite enjoyable, especially during solos, though many of the riffs are largely generic metal/glam riffs. Martin Sweet is a talented guitarist, with a style somewhere between Dave Murray and Slash. The bass is not prominent, but when you do consciously notice it, is gives an interesting dimension to the music. The drums do their job, but the drum fills are few and far between. The vocals are by far the most impressive aspect of this album. Between the lead singer, Simon Cruz, and the band singing together, the vocals do their job and more. A lesser singer would leave this album downright unlistenable. Singing in an higher pitch, but gritty voice really gives these songs the edge they need in the end, with the entirety of the band usually joining in on larger than life choruses.
This band never claims to be thrash, doom, or any extreme metal, and they do not exhibit many of the more extreme attributes of these genres. The choruses, which often feature the band singing together in unison, are reminiscent of glam metal, and it is quite clear who the band largely looks up to in their musical direction; despite this, they still remain relevant, and stray too far from glam to be considered an 80s wannabe band (in the vein of bands like Steel Panther). This album is sleazy, dirty, and a fantastic outing from the Swedes who made it.
Top Tracks: Armageddon, Generation Wild, Save Her, Chemical
Throwaway: Down With the Dust, Bound to Fall, Beautiful Pain
Well for the longest time, despite my love for NWOBHM, thrash, and death metal, I've had a huge place in my bleeding metal heart for good hair metal bands. However, it seemed as soon as the clock struck midnight on 1989, there hasn't been a single good new band since the 80's heyday of this genre. That was until I heard Generation Wild by Crashdiet.
Now I was skeptical when I first heard this because, except for the awesome ass kicking power of Steel Panther, all new hair metal bands suck ass. But as soon as the song “Generation Wild" kicked in it was like wow this band fuckin rocks. Singer Simon Cruz sounds like a mix of LA Guns' Phil Lewis and Sebastian Bach from Skid Row and he absolutely rips it on this record. He can hold a tone even with the electric thunder of Martin Sweet raging behind him but he can falsetto with best of them.
Songs like "Down with the Dust" and "Chemical" just ooze out of the speakers like liquid sex with force to boot and ear catching choruses that will be burned into your brain for weeks. Sweet goes with the Mick Mars School of rock guitar: simple, sweet, and super fuckng raunchy. His riffs aren't technical but they just hit that right spot that just gets your blood pumping and with the solid rhythm section of Pete London and Eric Young weigh down the band’s sound and are the lynch pin that keeps the whole train running, especially on faster tracks such as "Armageddon" and "Rebel".
This whole record is the best they've recorded and is all killer-no filler in every sense of the word. They even throw in a ballad here and there, "Save Her" and "Beautiful Pain", but unlike Winger or White Lion these power ballads pack a lot more power than ballad and can hold their own with the faster heavier stuff on here.
Overall if you’re someone who digs the Crue, GNR, Skid Row, WASP, or just love 80's kick ass rock n roll, you've got to give this one a listen.