Sound — 8
Shout at the Devil is the second studio album by Motley Crue, the worlds most notorious rock band. The majority of diehard fans would label this as their favorite of the 'Crue records, mainly due to it being the straight forward, intensely threatening sonic attack that it is. Released in September of '83 and produced by Tom Werman (Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister) 'Shout' exists as a rawly produced, brief assault on the senses. Topics covered throughout the album include sex, violence, drugs and rebellion; all the beautiful things associated with teenagers throughout the 80's. While the riff-orientated style of Motley Crue isn't brilliant, it doesn't have to be. On this album, pure adrenaline emanates from the record, making up for any technical insecurities the band may have. One impressive feature of the album is the instrumental piece by guitarist Mick Mars, showing some signs of diversity within the growing band. Songs: 01.In The Beginning: a short introductory track, setting a dark tone for the remainder of the album. 02.Shout At The Devil: the title track, and one of the Crue's most well known riff anthems. Re-worked in '97, but there's nothing quite like the original. Great way to set a platform for a heavy metal album. 7.5/10. 03.Looks That Kill: the first single from the album, and an absolute Motley Crue classic. Accompanied by a highly theatrical video, this track set Motley Crue on their rapid rise to fame. Infectious riff-age here, folks. 9/10. 04.Bastard: - another beauty from the near faultless SATD, and one of my personal favorites from the album. This track in particular showcases the raw tenacity of heavy metal's wildest band. Vintage 'Crue. 9/10. 05.God Bless The Children Of The Beast: the instrumental piece by guitarist Mick Mars. For a minute and a half of multilayered riffing, it's actually quite interesting. Some may argue it spoils the rampage of the opening few songs, but I see it as the breather the album needed. 7/10. 06.Helter Skelter: a cover of the famous Beatles song. I understand this may be Motley Crue's way of giving back to their forefathers, but if anything, this track spoils the faultless run of the opening tracks; not the instrumental. A decent cover, but imagine the possibilities of another home grown classic which may have taken it's spot. 6.5/10. 07.Red Hot: never fear, the mediocrity begins and ends with the Beatles cover. Red Hot is yet another example of how damaging and brutal Nikki Sixx may be with his songwriting. A relentless barrage of heavy metal on this one. 8/10. 08.Too Young To Fall In Love: the second single, and arguably the strongest cut from the album. Also accompanied by an impressive video, this track contains everything that makes Motley Crue what it is - the opening riff in particular. Great tune. 9/10. 09.Knock 'Em Dead Kid: the hits continue, as the 'Crue roll through another set of classic cuts of heavy metal; for the second time on one album! Powerful, reliable Motley Crue on this solid number. 8/10. 10.Ten Seconds To Love: Nikki Sixx, take a bow. A 7th track on the one album which must be considered classic heavy metal; how's that for efficient songwriting. Once again, the riff makes the song, and Vince Neil does a particularly nice job in belting out this one. 9/10. 11.Danger: all good things must come to an end. A more sedate tune, Danger is a fitting way to close the album. With contributions from both Vince Neil and Mick Mars on this one, chief songwriter Nikki Sixx masterfully rounds off a great achievement in heavy metal songwriting. Only one song managed to dull the atmosphere; and Sixx didn't even write it! Anyway, solid closer. 7.5/10.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics of this album, most of which penned by bassist Nikki Sixx, deal with topics ranging from the devil, to sex. All phrases within the album seem to be appropriate to the nature of the album, so no complaints here. As for Vince Neil, SATD is the best display of his skills as a vocalist. On this record, a more dedicated, passionate singer seems to be screaming the words to these heavy metal classics.
Overall Impression — 9
Shout At The Devil has to be the best record released by Motley Crue. In reality, they never came close to re-living this heavy metal masterpiece, due in part to a decision to write more audience friendly tunes. Dr. Feelgood comes close, but in truth... Motley Crue never sounded quite as dangerous as they have here.