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Stephen Pearcy – View to a Thrill (Review)

Stephen Pearcy - View to a Thrill (Review)


Extra! Extra! Read all about it….The latest news headlines should read Stephen Pearcy releases great new Ratt album, on his own!  Why? Because the material on Pearcy’s latest release “View To A Thrill” sounds so much like Ratt, that only the names differentiates them.  Yeah, I know….A bunch of you are going to jump in and say it’s not Ratt without Warren, Juan or Bobby performing.  But, I’m going to argue otherwise.  First of all, Stephen Pearcy is Ratt! I love the original band and the new breed of Ratt sounds really good as well, but nothing sounds like the Ratt sound without Pearcy on vocals.  Oh sure, the other band members tried to replace Pearcy with Jizzy Pearl once, but let’s be honest, it didn’t sound like Ratt, even with most of the original band backing him.  So, now that I’ve got all of that out of the way….let’s talk about this album.  Stephen shows off his love for James Bond films throughout this album with titles like “U Only Live Twice”, “Sky Falling” and of course the title is a play on words for the movie “A View To A Kill”.  While I would love to see the original members of Ratt reform and release a follow up to the great “Infestation” album, it’s not likely to happen.  And frankly, if you listen to this album I think you’ll feel like this is the follow up.  The songs on this album are a all classic sounding Pearcy and some of the best solo work he’s done yet. Using the James Bond reference, guitarist Erik Ferentinos is Pearcy’s secret weapon from Q.  His guitar solos are incredible and it’s some of the best classic metal riffs you’ll hear in a long while.  Rounding out the band, Matt Thorne whom you may know from Rough Cutt and Scott Coogan are both rock n’ roll veterans who helped to put the icing on the cake. Pearcy’s vocals sound really strong and great throughout the whole “View To A Thrill” album.  Stand out songs for me include the fantastic “U Only Live Twice” and “I’m A Ratt”, but honestly this entire album should please any fan of Stephen’s solo work and especially fans of the almighty Ratt. As both a longtime Ratt and Stephen Pearcy fan, I simply couldn’t be more thrilled with this album. Don’t miss getting this album. This will easily be one of the top albums for 2018. It’s one hell of good time. It’s like an adrenaline rush from a roller coaster,  as soon as it’s over, you’ll be ready to go again.

Artist: Stephen Pearcy
Album: View to a Thrill 
Genre: Classic Metal
Label: Frontiers music Srl.
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Track Listing:

01.U Only Live Twice

02.Sky Falling


04.One In A Million

05.Double Shot

06.Secrets To Tell

07.Not Killin’ Me

08.Dangerous Thing

09.I’m A Ratt

10.From The Inside



Band Members:

Stephen Pearcy-Lead Vocal-Back Ups

Erik Ferentinos – ALL guitars – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Back Up Vocals, Keys

Matt Thorne – Bass Guitars, Keys, Back Up Vocals

Scot Coogan – 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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