Crashdiet
Rest In Sleaze


2.5
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Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
December 21st, 2006 | 14 replies | 6,642 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


You know how hype works, right? Well, it’s pretty much the same in any field, even hair metal, except instead of the NME it’s Metal Sludge and instead of selling two million albums in Britain alone the group sells out a string of clubs in downtown Helsinki, but it’s basically the same thing. And, give or take a couple of details, that’s essentially the story of Crashdïet: hyped to the eyeballs, they crashed and burned in true sleaze style.

In general terms, naming your band after a Guns N’ Roses song is just about one of the coolest things you can do; naming your band after an unreleased Guns N Roses track is in fact the coolest thing you can do. Playing hair metal, though? Maybe not so cool. Crashdïet’s one-and-only full-length release, 2005’s Rest In Sleaze, is a tour-de-force of ‘80s metal, channelling the best and the worst of the glam and power metal eras with typical reckless abandon and little regard for good taste.

It’s far from original, as you can guess, sounding very much like a sum of its parts rather than a coherent whole. As such there’s no typical Crashdïet “sound.” The band imitate their heroes impressively, but there’s a sense that any one of the ten songs could be taken from a different ‘80s/early ‘90s metal album: ‘Straight Outta Hell’ could come from Painkiller, ‘Knokk ‘Em Down’ fakes like Extreme’s ‘Money’ but makes like something from Skid Row, while ‘Tikket’ could be an outtake from Slave To The Grind. The killer, though, is that none of them really stand up to the material on those albums.

Frontman Dave Lepard is a versatile vocalist, boasting in his armoury a Halford-style falsetto and a sweet radio ballad voice that, at its best, disguises the last traces of his slight Swedish accent, though he generally goes for a mid-range Sebastian Bach-type dirty wail. At his roughest, Lepard affects a raspy Mike Monroe-type snarl that’s aggressive but non-threatening in a way that only certain Scandinavian metal singers and all death metal vocalists can be. Lepard hits his peak on standout tracks ‘Out of Line’ and ‘Queen Obscene / 69 Eyes,’ where his interaction with the shamelessly overblown harmonised chorus vocals is nothing short of masterful

‘It’s A Miracle’ is a highlight, sounding like latter day Hanoi Rocks-meets-Duran Duran, with a furious electronic beat and the type of glossy synthesised chorus VH1 Classics would go nuts for, but ‘Needle In Your Eye’ combines awkward off-key vocals with a lame hook, one-phrase chorus combo that not even Judas Priest would touch. Album-closer ‘Back on Trakk’ is a gentle reminder of why nobody listens to Europe anymore, and ‘Out of Line’ just aches for an interesting hook.

Truthfully, for an album of just ten short tracks, Rest In Sleaze is shamefully top-heavy- think Cinderella-buried-under-a-disused-quarry heavy- a fact made all the more remarkable by the fact that a) they had three years to prepare the album; and b) the standout tracks are so damn good they actually threaten to overshadow the mediocre whole. ‘Queen Obscene / 69 Shots,’ a sleazy garage rocker that recalls compatriots the Backyard Babies, breaks out with a tight lead guitar harmonies and shows the full range of the band’s talents, from Maiden-esque galloping rhythms to the romping chorus that’s one part Axl Rose, two parts Johnny Thunders with enough left over a speedball or two.

‘Breakin’ The Chainz’ is another made-for-radio chunky rocker that recalls now-defunct English glam-rockers The Ga*Ga*s, but it’s the debut single ‘Riot in Everyone’ that Crashdïet will be remembered for in the future, if they are indeed remembered for anything other than Lepard’s tragic suicide earlier this year. As sleaze rockers go, there’s few that better encapsulate the spirit of the genre, with guitars that ooze Metallica and a vocal track that challenges even the best of Mike Monroe’s performances, while the infectious chorus-line reads, ”we’re the kids of the underground and there’s a riot in everyone.” But it begs the question: why isn’t it all this good?



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Onewaytrip2hell
December 21st 2006



508 Comments


Great job, SoP. You are obviously one of the site's greatest reviewers:thumb:This Message Edited On 12.21.06

metallicaman8
December 21st 2006



4677 Comments


Great work. I know I wouldn't like this just because they spelled chains with a Z.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 21st 2006



2708 Comments


^ It's 'spelt' not spelled. Nice review, although I've never heard of the band.

Onewaytrip2hell
December 21st 2006



508 Comments


Who cares, it's not exactly a learning center.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2006



2595 Comments


... that’s essentially the story of Crashdïet: hyped to the eyeballs, they crashed and burned in true sleaze style.


Kind of like your glam reviews amirite lololol intense music school

Onewaytrip2hell
December 21st 2006



508 Comments


He was being sarcastic, I think.

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2006



1688 Comments


Jom is such a frigging dick

This review is really good Spat Out Plath I'm going to pick this record up asap thanks for recommending it.

Because average hair metal is like 6/5 in any other genre.This Message Edited On 12.21.06

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2006



1688 Comments


Steve was being sarcastic, I think.

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2006



1688 Comments


:upset:

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2006



2595 Comments


:win:

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2006



17913 Comments


what's sarcasm?

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2006



1688 Comments


:thumbsdow:

oc2dx
January 23rd 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well u guys think that this dude...mr sylvia cunt....heard this album.....to an extent that 1) the chorus is not "we are the kids of the underground and theres a riot underground"...its "we are the kids of the underground and theres a riot in everyone". 2) the album is total kikk ass! and i do mean KIKK! they boys have style, which most bands dont. 3) have u even heard "It's A Miracle"?? obviously not....so whoever reads this review...this band totally rocks...and by they way crash and burned??? not any fukking more!!! those dudes are back...so...GET THE ALBUM...NUFF SED!...4/5...just read the other reviews n not this retarded one!

hanoirocker16
July 21st 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

your article is soooo pretentious and trite. Give em a break for using a z instead of an s in chainz. Yeah sure its a real teenage thing to do but that;s just their style. Besides all they wanted to do was write an album in the style of guns n roses, aerosmith, dangerous toys. Well you know something all Music borrows from the past in some way. Don't forget about the heavy influence of rolling stones, bob dylan, the beatles, the sex pistols.etc... This song sounds like Appetite for Destruction if every1 was born in Sweden. That's really cool i think. Every song on the album is great. Personally in my opinion the only flaw of this album is the singer offed himself.



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