Crash Diet - 'Generation Wild'

 


THE BAND:
Simon Cruz - vocals
Peter London - bass
Martin Sweet - lead guitar
Eric Young - drums

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "442" -Special effects along with drum fills.
2.) "Armageddon" - The rhythm riff that opens this into was very reminiscent to the rhythm riffs Paul Stanley (Kiss) was writing on their 1983 release titled, 'Lick It Up'.  Two bars into the intro the bass & drum line kicks-in.  Over the top of the opening musical verse there is a minor lead guitar solo.  There is a very simple rhythm guitar riff underneath the vocal lines of the verses.  Simon double-tracked his lead vocal lines for the lyrical verses.  There is a rhythm change for the musical pre-chorus.  The way the band wrote this rhythm change made the bass line the main instrumentation.  In many ways the hook of the chorus is very reminiscent of early bands such as L.A. Guns.  Simon's vocals or the vocal lines between the first & second chorus had a huge Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns) sound too them.  The lead guitar solo for this track had a classic hard rock feel to it.  There is a short breakdown after the lead guitar solo that leads to the coda. 
3.) "So Alive" - The coda of the last track leads into the intro of this track.  This intro opens with a short tom-to rhythm.  For the musical intro Martin recorded two different rhythm guitar riffs.  Over the top of this Simon sings a vocal accent.  The vocal accent was done with a studio effect added to it.  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  it sounded as if Martin double-tracked this minor lead guitar solo.  There is a small vocal scream over the top of the last couple of notes of the minor solo.  The way Simon does this vocal accent lets you hear his vocal control.  The lyrical & musical verse of this track had a mid-eighties Alice Cooper feel to it.  There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The lyrical arrangement for the musical chorus was heavily reminiscent of Alice Cooper.  There is a small lead lick after the first chorus that leads to the breakdown section.  For this breakdown section Eric switches the drum line from a standard hi-hat pattern to a rhythm being played on his tom-toms.  After the second chorus there is a second smaller breakdown that leads to the lead guitar solo.  The vocal control Simon has is amazing!!!   
4.) "Generation Wild" - This intro consisted of a minor lead guitar solo over the top of it.  There is a small lead guitar harmonic connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The lyrical & musical verse of this track had a very simple eighties hard rock feel to it.  The chorus had an almost early eighties Kiss sound.  There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  The lead guitar solo leads to a breakdown section.  There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the vocal lines of the third chorus. 
5.) "Rebel" - From beginning to end this was a very simple early 80's sounding track.
6.) "Save Her" -  The rhythm guitar of this intro had a lead guitar feel to it.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse.  The chorus was but right up against the verse and if you were not paying attention you would miss the musical change.  I felt this ballad would have worked better if the music had been slowed down more. 
7.) "Down With The Dust" -  This track was very simply written.  
8.) "Native Nature" - This track opens with an acoustic guitar underneath several vocal accents.  The musical verse was very reminiscent of early Skid Row.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  This was another song on the release that had a very simple 80's metal sound to it.  The breakdown section consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement.
9.) "Chemical" -This track opens with the guitar & bass playing the same notes over the top of several cymbal crashes.  This lead to an overdubbed rhythm guitar.  There are two rhythm guitar riffs an acoustic rhythm underneath a simple electric rhythm.  The electric was done with the wah-wah effect.  As the intro progresses Martin changes the electric rhythm.  There is a rhythm change for the musical verse.  Some of the lyrics of the lyrical verse are overdubbed with backing vocals.  The band used the same rhythm for the chorus.  For the second verse it sounded as if there were two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus.  There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the choruses of the coda.
10.) "Bound To Fall" -  This track opens with a very simple hard rock intro.  There is a rhythm change for the musical verse.  The way the guys arranged the lyrics reminded me a lot of the stuff Bon Jovi wrote for their first release.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  There is a small echo attached to the backing harmonies of the chorus.  The lead guitar solo connected the second chorus with the breakdown section.  I just loved the way they recorded the backing harmonies.  After the third chorus there is a rhythm change that lasted through the coda. 
11.) "Beautiful Pain" - This intro consisted of a very simple electric guitar arrangement as the intro progresses the band add an orchestrated arrangement to fill-in the emptiness.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse.  The way the guys arranged the musical verse was very reminiscent to the band The Poodles.  The chorus simply blew me away and makes the song!!!   There is a very minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The major solo is after the second verse.



     Hailing from Sweden, Crash Diet returns with their third release titled 'Generation Wild'.  This is also the first release to feature new vocalist Simon Cruz.  Who also happens to be their third vocalist.
     This is the first Crash Diet release I have had the pleasure to review.  Like most CD's I review after breaking the tracks down I try to take a couple of days to sort out what I want to say on the closing. 

     According to most magazines Crash Diet is the next huge Glam/Sleaze Metal band.  Personally I just saw the Glam thing in looks only.  Now Sleaze Metal that's a different story. 'Generation Wild'
 covers the gambit from early 'On Trough The Night' by Def Lepperd to mid '80's bands such as L.A. Guns & Every Mothers Nightmare. Which, in 2011 I completely was not expecting!  If your into Sleaze Metal this release if for you and an absolute must buy!!!!