Album review: Quiet Riot, Metal Health (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 25, 1983

By Steve Newton

Dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads, the first album by his former band is one heavy chunk of vinyl.

“Metal Health”, “Slick Black Cadillac”, and “Breathless” are all excellent, bang-your-head crotch rockers, but the album’s most outstanding cuts are the bluesy “Don’t Want to Let You Go” and the dynamic remake of Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize”. On that tune lead singer Kevin Dubrow’s vocals are just close enough to those of Noddy Holder to remind you of the originators and yet give the song a ballsy eighties feel.

The one-and-a-half minute “Battle Axe” is Quiet Riot’s answer to Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” solo. Guitarist Carlos Cavazo goes wild on his custom-made Charvel and creates enough distortion-filled raunch to satisfy even the most hard-core metal maniac.

 

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