Quiet Riot, Alive And Well

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Anyone who has seen the Quiet Riot episode of Behind the Music knows that they were one of the biggest metal bands of the '80s — then, in 1988, his frontman Kevin DuBrow was fired, beginning a downward slide that even DuBrow's re-entry five years later couldn't stop. Even so, there was a standout post-hair-metal-era moment in 1999 when the full band reunited (including bassist Rudy Sarzo, who had quit in 1985) for Alive and Well, which featured nine ripping rockers and updated versions of six early songs. The new material was their strongest in 13 years, recapturing the working class frustration and middle-finger-flipping attitude of their glory days. "Don't Know What I Want" throbs with the drama and hunger of 1983's Metal Health and the ominous "The Ritual" is as bracing as Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath. The remakes are also surprisingly gripping, especially the two Slade covers, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Cum on Feel the Noize." The band recorded one more album before breaking up again in 2003, seemingly for good.