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Review: Crashdïet – Rust

by Ante Topic

Crashdïet – Rust

1. Rust
2. Into the Wild
3. Idiots
4. In the Maze
5. We Are the Legion
6. Crazy
7. Parasite
8. Waiting for Your Love
9. Reptile
10. Stop Weirding Me Out
11. Filth & Flowers

Label: Frontiers Music
Date: September 13, 2019

Big hair, cowboy boots, chains and leather… Along with loud guitars and Sebastian Bach-like screams is Crashdïet in a nutshell.

So, a little introduction. With the release of “Rest In Sleaze” back in 2005 they’ve gained a cult following and have set the blueprint for all the bands that would try to ‘’bring back’’ the 80’s sound and when you’re told that you’ve made one of the best albums of the genre it’s most definitely not easy to make a decent follow ups. But Crashdïet did! Not only one but four (counting “Rust”)!

Needless to say, everything wasn’t going smoothly for the gang. Founder and lead vocalist Dave Lepard committed suicide in 2006 and the band decided to quit only to be persuaded to continue by his family. Next vocalist, Olli Herman (of Reckless Love) didn’t last long and has been replaced by Simon Cruz.

Anyway, it’s been way too long since the last Crashdïet studio album… Six years to be precise so obviously, expectations were high. To be honest, main reason would probably be Simon Cruz leaving the band in the middle of their 2015 Japan tour. But that’s all in the past and now they are back with Gabriel Keyes on vocals!

Opening three songs are definitely headbangers and an excellent way to introduce us with what’s “Rust” about.

It’s not so common to hear ballads from these guys (except for some old demos) and “Rust” has got not only one but two which really surprised me! Well, the first one “In The Maze” is not so much of a ballad as it is a slower song but yeah, for their standards it is.

“We Are The Legion” is all what Crashdïet are about! It’s loud, it’s sleazy, it’s aggressive and it’s got attitude! It most certainly is right up there with the best songs they’ve ever done!

“Parasite” is a classic Crashdïet song! It could easily pass as a “Rest In Sleaze” or “Generation Wild” era song! Another top-notch tune!

“The Kings Of Sleaze” are back and that’s the only thing that matters right now!

A lot has changed in the glam/sleaze scene since 2013 and “The Savage Playground” so “Rust” is essential piece of music for all the fans of the genre but to really understand it’s importance one would need to spend some time exploring and “learning” this genre.

I really hope that this will revive the whole scene which was at it’s peak during the mid to late 2000’s and early 2010’s or at least help expose younger and less known bands since Crashdïet are basically founders and one of the biggest influences of “The New Wave Of Sleaze/Glam Metal”.

“Rust” will be on a replay mode for a while, there’s no doubt about that and I can’t wait to see them live in a less than a month along with The Cruel Intentions and Highrid.

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