The Treatment: ‘Power Crazy’

Released on March 22, 2019 (Frontiers Music Srl)

Another new album, another new singer. The Treatment keep losing their lead vocalists but they keep coming back in a strong way time after time. After singer Matt Jones decided to settle down after two amazing albums — This Might Hurt (2011) and Running With The Dogs (2014) — The Treatment didn’t take long to find his replacement scouring some YouTube videos for potential UK singers and finding their man in Mitchell Emms. Generation Me was unleashed in 2016 and it was like The Treatment hadn’t missed a beat while expanding their horizons somewhat with songs such as the slower “Backseat Heartbeat” and The Beatles-esque “Light The Sun.” A year and a bit after the release of Generation Me, Emms decided to leave the band to apparently recharge mentally.  Unfortunately, that left The Treatment back at square one in terms of lead vocalists. The remaining members went their tried and proven way to find their next singer by checking out YouTube videos once again and this time, they found Tom Rampton who left the band Louder Still for what can only be deemed a better opportunity.

Power Crazy is a grittier, less polished and a more straight up album than Generation Me built on some solid guitar riffs. Rampton‘s vocals are rougher compared to both Emms‘ more polished delivery and Jones‘ singing but closer to Jones than Emms. Frankly, The Treatment have done quite well in keeping some continuity in the vocal department despite losing a big chunk of the band’s sound with the departure of Jones followed by Emms. Obviously, The Treatment have had some bad luck but hopefully they have found their man this time for the long run. I am not sure if they could sustain yet another lead vocalist change. They are starting to remind me of Crashdïet with their seemingly continuous singer changes from one album to the next.

In any case, Power Crazy is the type of album that is easy to like and get into right from the start. The Grey brothers provide some simple yet effective guitar riffs from which each song is built. There is not one weak track on Power Crazy but I do wish that some of the songs such as “Let’s Get Dirty,” “On The Money” and “The Fighting Song” were played a tad faster. Quite a few tracks feel a little slow at times. I have never seen The Treatment play live (I regret not getting there on time to check them out when they were opening for Mötley Crüe and KISS in Toronto back in 2012) so perhaps they will speed up their new songs when they play them live. My favorite tracks on Power Crazy are “Bite Back” (both the regular and acoustic versions), “Hang Them High” which is the first single to get the full video treatment and the slightly more melodic “Scar With Her Name.”

The good news about Power Crazy is that odds are, if you like one song, you’ll like them all as they are all pretty similar. The Treatment won’t be accused of having offered too much variety on this album. Frankly, I think that it’s pretty hard not to at least like what The Treatment have to offer on Power Crazy since they offer some basic no frills riff oriented rock n’ roll. Power Crazy is a fun album to listen to that doesn’t push many boundaries but does deliver straight up rock n’ roll in fine fashion.

Track List:
01. Let’s Get Dirty
02. Rising Power
03. On The Money
04. Bite Back
05. Luck Of The Draw
06. Hang Them High
07. Scar With Her Name
08. King Of The City
09. Waiting For The Call
10. Laying It Down
11. The Fighting Song
12. Falling Down
Bonus Track:
13. Bite Back (acoustic version)

Band Members:
Tom Rampton – vocals
Dhani Mansworth – drums
Rick Newman – bass
Tagore Grey – lead guitar
Tao Grey – rhythm guitar

Produced by Laurie Mansworth
Mixed by Tony Newton
Drums and bass recorded by Tony Newton
Engineered by Tagore Grey

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Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, April 2019

The Treatment‘s “Hang Them High” video:

The Treatment – “Hang Them High” (Official Music Video) #RockAintDead

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The Treatment‘s “Let’s Get Dirty” lyric video:

The Treatment – “Let’s Get Dirty” (Official Lyric Video) #RockAintDead

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The Treatment‘s “Bite Back” lyric video:

The Treatment – “Bite Back” (Official Lyric Video) #RockAintDead

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