Mention the words sleaze, glam or hair before the word Metal, and a lot of people lose interest and start their rant about it not being 'real' Metal. If you're one of those, then this review won't appeal to you, but if you're like me and have an appreciation for the full spectrum, then the latest offering from Crashdïet is well worth checking out.
Crashdïet have been one of the leaders in the evolution of this genre, making sure they're not just regurgitating the 80s sound of the Sunset Strip, and their fourth album 'Savage Playground' is further proof that it is possible to keep it alive in today's world. Album opener 'Change the World' makes that statement well and you're left in no doubt of who you're listening to.
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'Cocaine Cowboy' feels a bit more commercial and probably why it was chosen as the first single, but it doesn't stand up against the stronger tracks. Neither does feel-good 'California' which previous vocalist Olli Herman would no doubt be proud to add to the next Reckless Love album. And that's not where the comparisons stop: 'Anarchy' has an opening riff that can be likened to 'Cowboys From Hell', 'Sin City' would sit well in Mötley Crüe's back catalogue, and Axl and Slash would do 'Snakes in Paradise' justice. But there's nothing wrong with bands sounding like those who influenced them in my opinion, and it's inevitable as music continues to develop.
Quite interestingly it closes with something very different to anything I've heard throughout their career. 'Garden Of Babylon' is an epic 7:14 in length, and although you can tell you're listening to Crashdïet, it's very adventurous and a step in a much darker and experimental direction.
Crashdïet haven't had an easy time of it over the years, seemingly plagued with bad luck for over a decade, so let's hope 2013 proves to be lucky for them. It took me a couple of listens to get into this album, and there are a couple of tracks I'll hit skip on, but all in all it's a solid release and worth a bit of your hard earned cash.