Review Summary: Superb album, everyone knows their place, Riffs are good, vocals are amazing.3 of 9 thought this review was well written
Many people have that one album that they remember as being their introduction into metal music. For some people it is the Slayer's and Metallica's of this world, whilst for others it would be Bullet For My Valentine or a similar band. For me, it was Motley Crue and their stellar album Shout At The Devil. This was a release I first heard when I was ten and have continued to enjoy every song off ever since.
This album is flooded with impressive guitar work all the way through. Guitar solos are found frequently, often involving a lot of fast pull-offs, and they really suit the nature of this album. Bastard shows off the powerful nature of the riffing whilst also opening up with a cool-sounding miniature solo over the top of the energetic riff. This album is not one that loses any of its steam either, as Too Young To Fall In Love shows off after a small drum introduction with a brilliant guitar riff that is arguably one of the best here. Each of these songs is carried forward by some really nice riffing, and they are almost always capitalized on by the aforementioned monster solos.
The rest of the band do not let their comrade down either, with some awesome bass work that is incessantly audible in the background but never leaps out in volume as with other albums. Ten Seconds To Love has a really groovy bass line which could not add to the mean-sounding riff and great lead work near the beginning any better. It is nice to hear an album where every member of the band knows their place in the sound and adds to it really well. The drumming is another example of this. Despite not being very technically proficient, the drummer at least keeps a nice rhythm going, excelling on the song Red Hot. This track has a very Guns N' Roses sound and the drumming is brilliant.
The vocal work is something that will divide a lot of people on this album, but I really enjoy it. The vocals are rather high pitched but could not suit the sound any better. The title track, also the best song here, is carried forward by the energetic vocals and manic high pitched shrieks, whilst the aforementioned Red Hot has some really nice mid-range vocals leading into some killer high notes. The mixing job also ensures that whilst the vocals are quite loud, they are not completely overbearing on the mix, and every member of the band is more than audible throughout. This is a really good production job, actually, where each instrument is crystal clear and has some really nice tones to them.
Regardless of what you may perceive of Motley Crue from their rather feminine appearance, this is a fantastic album that I would highly recommend to those looking for an album where every single member of the band contributes an equal amount to a fantastic effect.