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Deaf Rat – Ban The Light (Review)

Deaf Rat - Ban The Light (Review)

Artist: Deaf Rat
Album: Ban The Light
Genre: Metal / Hard Rock
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron


Wow! This is one of the best debut albums by a band that I’ve heard in a really long time.  Deaf Rat hit the scene with a darker image, but all of the sound and rebellion of the ’80’s Sunset Strip Heavy Metal scene.  Vocalist Frankie Rich often reminds me of Jamie St. James from Black N’ Blue.  I’ve heard quite a few bands try to mix a more modern rock sound with classic metal and fall short, but that’s not the case with Deaf Rat. In fact, this the first time that I’ve heard this combination actually work.  The end result is simply fantastic.  Every single song on “Ban The Light” is brilliant. Opening the album with “Fallen Angels”, the band has you hooked and just continues to reel you in, song after song.  The songs are both melodic and heavy with a perfect balance that makes these rockers really memorable.  Musically and lyrically the band is in the zone with perfectly crafted songs to leave you wanting more.  The excitement and energy of this band is something different than what I’ve seen from so many other new bands.  I’m not saying they’re the second coming of the 80’s metal scene, but Deaf Rat is to that music scene what Greta Van Fleet is to the Led Zeppelin sound.  It’s the closest thing that I’ve heard in a long time that has the fire and feeling of that time period.  Deaf Rat has made a damn near perfect album for their debut release and I for one, can’t wait to hear more from these guys.

Track Listing:

01. Fallen Angels

02. Hail the End of Days

03. Tying You Down

04. Save Me from Myself

05. Ban the Light

06. Bad Blood

07. Make You Suffer

08. Say You Love Me

09. Wanted Forever

10. Welcome to Hell

Band Members:

Frankie Rich (Vocals), Pat Kramer (Guitars/Vocals), Max Lander (Guitars/Vocals), Nic Lester (Bass), Karl Löfgren (Drums)


About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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