Album Review: “Metal Health” By Quiet Riot
Quiet Riot for Cum On Feel The Noize's music video - QuietRiotVEVO / Youtube
Representing the American side of things heavy metal in 1983 is Quiet Riot’s Metal Health. This saw the band without prized guitarist Randy Rhoads in the lineup and is replaced by Carlos Cavazo. This sees Quiet Riot touch a bit of hair metal territory for the record, although they stayed true to the whole heavy metal ensemble quite well.
The title track opens the album with a simple riff driving the whole composition, but jams along with a heavy metal-goodness that only Quiet Riot could achieve. The Slade cover, “Cum On Feel The Noize”, is owned by the band for their over the top rendition. “Battle Axe” is a bit weak for its own good, kind of a filler for the album, while “Slick Black Cadillac” gets a bit gritty from start to finish. “Love’s A Bitch” is aggressive and in-your-face at it’s finest, closing the first side with justice.
“Breathless” is a strong cut from the second side with its down and dirty execution, while “Don’t Wanna Let You Go” mellows things down relatively with its laid-back arrangement. “Let’s Get Crazy” is rather too contemporary and pop-sounding, as does the closer “Thunderbird”, a feeble attempt at doing a rock ballad.
While everything might not fit the tastes of metal connoisseurs in Metal Health’s rundown, it’s the ironic contrast of strong and weak points that make it such a memorable record.