Infestation (album)

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Infestation
Ratt Infestation.jpg
Studio album by Ratt
Released April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
Recorded 2008–2009
Studio Studio Barbarosa, Bavon, Virginia
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock[1][2]
Length 42:08
Label Loud & Proud/Roadrunner
Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette
Ratt chronology
Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt
(2007)
Infestation
(2010)
-
Singles from Infestation
  1. "Best of Me"
    Released: 2010
  2. "Eat Me Up Alive"
    Released: 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net (8/10)[5]
BW&BK 9/10 stars[6]
Exclaim! (favourable)[7]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]

Infestation is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Ratt. It is the band's first original effort since their self-titled album in 1999. It marks the Ratt studio debut for guitarist Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot, and is also the final album to feature bassist Robbie Crane, as then-former bassist Juan Croucier rejoined the band in 2012. It was released by Loud & Proud via Roadrunner Records, a then-sub-label of their longtime home Atlantic Records. This is the first album since the death of Robbin Crosby in 2002.

In a February 17, 2010 interview with the Artisan News Service, lead singer Stephen Pearcy said of Infestation: "We wanted this to be like something that we would have written right after [1984's] Out of the Cellar. We definitely went back to basics with the mind set of a band with a lot of excitement and some great songs to get out."[10]

In a March 18, 2010 interview with Metalholic Magazine, guitarist Warren DeMartini said of Infestation: "It really exceeded our expectations. Conceptually we kind of wanted to revisit the period of Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy. We were sort of loosely trying to shoot for something that could fit between those two records. We were looking for more uptempo ideas and the double leads that Robbin Crosby and I started doing back in 1983."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Eat Me Up Alive" Carlos Cavazo, Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini 4:13
2. "Best of Me" Cavazo, Pearcy, Michael "Elvis" Baskette 4:19
3. "A Little Too Much" Baskette, Pearcy, DeMartini 4:05
4. "Look Out Below" Bobby Blotzer, Pearcy, Baskette, 3:44
5. "Last Call" DeMartini, Cavazo, Pearcy, Baskette, 3:55
6. "Lost Weekend" Robbie Crane, Pearcy, Baskette 3:46
7. "As Good as It Gets" Pearcy, Baskette, Cavazo 4:38
8. "Garden of Eden" DeMartini, Pearcy 3:03
9. "Take a Big Bite" DeMartini, Pearcy, Baskette 2:46
10. "Take Me Home" Pearcy, DeMartini, Baskette 4:23
11. "Don't Let Go" Blotzer, Pearcy, John Corabi, Baskette 3:22
Japanese and iTunes special edition bonus track[12]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Scatter" DeMartini, Pearcy 4:26
iTunes special edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "You Think You're Tough" (live from the Rockline Studio) Pearcy, Robbin Crosby 3:36
14. "Tell the World" (live from the Rockline Studio) Pearcy, Crosby 3:14
15. "Way Cool Jr." (live from the Rockline Studio) DeMartini, Pearcy, Beau Hill 4:16

Personnel[edit]

Ratt[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Michael "Elvis" Baskette - producer, mixing, strings arrangements
  • Dave Holdredge - engineer, mixing, strings arrangements
  • Jef Moll - digital editing
  • Ted Jensen - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York

Charts[edit]

In the US, the album debuted at No. 30, selling around 14,000 copies, making it Ratt's highest charting album since 1990.[13] The album has since gone on to sell over 50,000 copies in the US. In Japan, the album charted at No. 5.[citation needed] The album also reached No. 49 in Finland,[14] No. 55 in Canada,[citation needed] No. 78 in Switzerland,[15] and No. 139 in France.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://lossless-muz.ucoz.com/news/ratt_infestation_2010/2010-05-18-235
  2. ^ http://www.stormingthebase.com/ratt-infestation-cd/
  3. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Ratt - 'Infestation'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Ratt - Infestation review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Ogle, Ryan. "Ratt - "Infestation"". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lafon, Mitch (March 14, 2010). "Ratt - Infestation". Bravewords.com. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Pratt, Greg (April 19, 2010). "Ratt - Infestation". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ Soghomonian, Talia (April 19, 2010). "Ratt - Infestation". MusicOMH. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Begrand, Adrien (April 22, 2010). "Ratt - Infestation". PopMatters. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "RATT Frontman Talks About New Album; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. February 17, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ Rose, Rustyn (March 18, 2010). "Ratt Q&A With Guitarist Warren DeMartini". Metalholic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "RATT - Infestation Bonus Track For Japan Announced". Bravewords.com. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. March 9, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "RATT: 'Infestation' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. April 28, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ratt - Infestation (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ratt - Infestation". Hitparade.ch. Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ratt - Infestation (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 

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