Released in 2003 (Crashdïet)
01. Gimme What I Need
02. Out Of Line
03. Queen Obscene
04. We Play It, You Scream It
05. Miss Pain
06. California White
Dave Lepard – vocals and guitar
Martin Sweet – guitar
Peter London – bass
Eric Young – drums
Mixed by Dave Lepard and Martin Sweet.
Well I’ll be damned! For years I have believed that the late 80’s Sunset Strip scene had all but dried up, but I couldn’t have been more wrong–the Strip didn’t die with the arrival of grunge, it just packed it’s bags and moved to Sweden! That’s right, Crashdïet have emerged with an abundance of sleaze, complete with great guitar solos, big hair, outrageous wardrobes, bad attitudes and a dash of punk.
Musically they remind me of a cross between King Diamond and Junkyard‘s David Roach signing along to Diamond Rexx type music. Vocalist Dave Lepard doesn’t always hit the right notes, especially on the higher register, but that’s part of the bands charm. Crashdïet have included everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly–warts and all. They don’t hide behind fancy production and studio tricks, they lay it all on the line–take it or leave it.
Every song on this album goes for the throat, although things slow down for “California White”. The best part of the album is the guitar duo of Lepard and Sweet. It is refreshing to hear some killer guitar solos in this age of detuned shit. Check Crashdïet out at www.crashdiet.org, you may be pleasantly surprised–I know I definitely was!
Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, May 2003.
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