Quiet Riot is a band that has had a pretty triumphal past. They were one of the first Metal bands on the LA scene and have also had some talented musicians since the band’s inception, including Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow and, of course, Randy Rhodes. Since 2007 when singer Kevin DuBrow died, Quiet Riot has been through some lineup changes. Earlier this year Quiet Riot recruited James Durbin, American Idol star from Season Ten. James got a pretty amazing start to his career during the American Idol finale when he got to sing with the “Metal God”, Rob Halford. Filling the shoes of DuBrow is not an easy job but with the release of Road Rage, James is making a good run at it.
Listening to Road Rage, I was expecting to hear someone who sounded like DuBrow but I was surprised that his voice only has hints of Dubrow in it. Durbin’s voice sounds more like Phil Lewis of LA Guns to me, which is not a bad thing at all. If you go into Road Rage expecting Metal Health, you are going to be disappointed. Road Rage is a simple but effective album with a bit of 70’s glam metal sound infused into it. The opening track “Can’t get Enough” has a bit of Slade or Sweet sound to it. Some of the other songs on Road Rage that I enjoyed were “Wasted,” “Renegades” and “Knock em Down.”
Road Rage is a solid rock and roll album. It is just hard to get past the history of Quiet Riot. So, I encourage you to check this album out but do not go into it expecting the huge production value that came with Metal Health. Do not expect James Durbin to be a replica of Kevin DuBrow. Go into this album expecting a solid, simple album and you will walk away happy as I did. Road Rage will be available August 4, 2017 via Frontier Music.