Returning six years after their initial Mason-era release Rockaholic, Warrant stay true to their titular statement and pack a punch with their latest release Louder Harder Faster. Robert Mason (ex-Lynch Mob) has fronted the band since 2008 following the tragic loss of original Warrant singer Jani Lane and fits the group like a glove. Both live and in the studio, Mason has proved himself to be the best fit for the spot that once belonged to our beloved Jani Lane- Mason brings a new level of hard rock to the band and a sense of modernism without straying too far away from the classic Warrant sound.
Opening Louder Harder Faster is the title track which is an upbeat, rocking stand out track and one of the best on the album. “Perfect” and “Faded” are among the few tracks that walk the fine line between 1990’s Cherry Pie and the modern sound that 2017 has to offer and presents somewhat of an overall theme to what this album is- retro inspired while maintaining a modern hard rock sound. The clapping chorus and booty-call inspired “Big Sandy” captures the essence of their earliest works (and possibly, their earliest inspirations). The only downfall on this record is the album’s only ballad “U In My Life” that comes after arguably the four best songs on the record- by no means is the track bad per say, it simply slows the momentum that the first four tracks worked to build.
Mason’s fresh vocals and high energy is matched by the classic Warrant lineup featuring Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Erik Turner and Joey Allen who all bring unique touches to the album. The band isn’t necessarily coming at us with another Cherry Pie or Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich- but do we really want them to? The title Louder Harder Faster is a preface to what the album and band have to offer, and it delivers just that in a 42 minute, 11 song package.