The Ratts are once again out of the cellar, invading your privacy, and infecting your ears. Ratt is back, and a new Infestation begins this spring. The Sunset Strip rockers have returned with their first album of new material since 1999’s self-titled blues-rock record. In fact, it’s been 20 years since fans have heard Ratt’s signature sound, last heard on 1990’s Detonator.
April 20th will mark the full release of the band’s seventh studio album, Infestation. If you’ve read my review of Infestation already, you know this is not just another tired retread record by a band trying to relive glory days and suck up some cash.
Ratt has come full circle to their roots with this record. In the 25 plus years since the release of their debut EP and epic Out of The Cellar, the guys have helped create the L.A. glam metal sound that so many other band’s still attempt to emulate, they have lost one of their founding brothers, Robbin Crosby, to a terrible tragedy, and seen an unfortunate rift cost them another (bassist Juan Croucier). As close knit families members often do, there have experienced fights, hurts and happiness, and to some degree, healing. Lead singer Stephen Pearcy has returned home, and a wiser Ratt pack has rediscovered themselves.
Last summer saw Ratt bring fans a 25th Anniversary Tour, where they played Out of The Cellar in it’s entirety for the first time ever. In between tour breaks the band found themselves sneaking off to Chesapeake Bay to lay down their best new material in 25 years. The band took leave of their safe haven, Los Angeles, and recorded the new CD with producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Taking Dawn, Incubus, Chevelle, Alterbridge) at his Virginia studio.
This week, iconic guitarist, Warren Demartini took time from a mind numbingly busy schedule to fill Metalholic in on the reunification of Ratt, last year’s tour, this year’s tour, new axe-grinder, Carlos Cavazo, and of course, Infestation.