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It's a good start, not as polished as, say Crashdiet, but it does have a scuzzy allure.

These Italian sleaze peddlers make Ratt sound more like hamsters. A modern toughness a bit like Hardcore Superstar underpins their obvious fondness for the sleaze scene of the LA Strip back in the 80s. These guys don't use an eye-liner pencil to put on their black mascara, they use their middle finger.

There's a surprising amount of variety to the compositions, helped by having twin guitars, that shows there's skill here, as well as all the obligatory sleaze clichés. The band rock out like Skid Row on their self-titled track, a foul-mouthed party anthem with good gang chant chorus, a trick that they repeat throughout the record. They then come on like the debauched Mötley Crüe on 'Wildest Party' and 'Relaxin' Shock 108' has the snake-hipped groove of Lynch Mob. 'We Are Losing Both' and 'Viper's Advice' have a Guns N' Roses itch to the rhythm section. The ballad 'Gothic LA' is more ponderous than profound but would work OK live.

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Vocals are shared between Axel (no, not that one) Lessio, Davide 'Damna' Moras and the rather splendidly named Demian Von Dunkelwald and while they won't win any awards they all are suitably rough and ready, and all have enough about them to carry the tunes. Lessio sings the majority of the material whereas Moras only sings on 'We Are Losing Both', his vocal style very similar to Lessio only higher. Dunkelwald, who sings on 'Modern Middle Ages', has a heavier growl. This song is a mental breakdown of a tune and has a euphoric feeling that someone might get after downing a full bottle of Jack Daniels as it rushes to your brain minutes before a trip to A & E beckons.

It's a good start, not as polished as, say Crashdiet, but it does have a scuzzy allure.

Duncan Jamieson

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