Album Review: Quiet Riot – One Night in Milan (Frontiers Music Srl)

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By: Jesse Striewski

Oh, Quiet Riot. At one time you were such a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. Unfortunately now they’re a mere shell of what they used to be (though I suppose some credit should be given for still trying).

One Night in Milan sounds good on paper, with fifthteen of the band’s classics mixed with more current tracks. But upon closer inspection, there’s undeniable flaws that are hard to overlook. There’s noticeable mistakes all across the board, with the drums often out of synch with the rest of the band (see “Slick Black Cadillac,” it’s almost impossible not to catch), the guitars sound way too distorted, and the poor production value makes classics like “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” come off as anything but stellar performances.

There are actually some salvageable moments, though. An amped-up version of the lesser-known hit “The Wild & the Young” works surprisingly well, and the balled “Thunderbird” is a fairly faithful rendition. Still, perhaps it would have been better to wait for something of better quality instead of rushing to release this…I highly doubt many people are going to notice its existence one way or the other.

Rating: 2 Stars

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