It must be difficult being a heritage act like Warrant especially one mainly known for one of the cheesiest songs in the known universe – a song which many blame for the demise of hair metal and melodic rock, necessitating Nirvana and their ilk making the 90s a truly awful decade to live through. Do the band stick to what made them famous or try to grow in a different direction? Do they stick or twist? It's informative to see what their record label says about the band.
"Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos...the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of Rockaholic, the album that relaunched the band as a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century, Warrant returns with another slab of muscular hard rock, aptly titled Louder Harder Faster.
With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are now stronger than ever."
Can you see who and what don't warrant (yes!) a mention anywhere above? Clearly the band are continuing to try to forge a new identity which don't reek of hair metal excesses and don't rely on the past. This is to be applauded. Louder Harder Faster is by no means a total washout, "Perfect", for instance, whilst not actually being Perfect is a (ahem) perfectly serviceable muscular melodic rock tune as is "Only Broken Heart" and together they contribute to the strongest part of the album. Arguably these are the tracks which most harken back to the band's prime. The more 2017 style tracks such as practically anything apart from the obligatory power ballad (and horrifically named for a bunch of middle-aged men) "U in My Life", fall into being a little bit too much like say, alter bridge.
So, all in all, not a total dud but not one that's going to ever really get the old juices flowing.
1. "Louder Harder Faster"
2. "Devil Dancer"
4. "Only Broken Heart"
5. "U in My Life"
6. "Music Man"
8. "New Rebellion"
9. "Big Sandy"
10. "Choose Your Fate"
11. "Let It Go"
12. "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" (CD only bonus track)