It’s been six years since Warrant’s 2011 hit album Rockaholic and the masses seem to be screaming for more with the release of their tenth studio album Louder Harder Faster. Robert Mason (lead vocals), Joey Allen (lead & rhythm guitar), Erik Turner (rhythm & lead guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass) and Steven Sweet (drums) bring a big dose of deja vu as they instantaneously stir up a big pot of nostalgia. With this being only the second album Warrant has written and recorded since Mason joined the band replacing the late Jani Lane there is no question they made the right choice. Lane left some hefty shoes to fill and Mason is an impeccable fit as his raw, operatic vocals pour out effortlessly. After hearing this album, it is crystal clear that the rock n’ roll from the 1980’s era on Sunset Boulevard is alive and well here in 2017.
Straight away the title track Louder Harder Faster comes out swinging with boundless force. In a juxtaposition of Southern rock, blues and good old fashioned classic Warrant guitar riffs and grooves, Mason at times resembles Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy while holding his true style. It doesn’t stop as the album rocks n’ rolls into the first single Devil Dancer showcasing Warrant’s trademark anthem-like choruses and guitar solo leading into a luscious bass groove by Dixon. Perfect and U In My Life both reminisce with the beloved love ballad bringing out the softer side of rock n’ roll and continues the authentic Warrant sound that has carried them across the decades. Music Man begins with a 70’s vibe acoustic guitar that transpires into a groovy and heavier blues jam. New Rebellion generates a frenzy of heavy backing vocals and accelerated guitar segments. Let It Go is the superb finale to Louder Harder Faster as it winds down a tremendous album.
There is a familiarity in this record while it exudes the freshness that Mason has brought to the band. The musical chemistry comes shining through and leaves no question that Warrant is back and they are louder, harder, faster than ever!