Sound — 9
After the initial release of their self-titled debut EP, Atlantic records signed the young Ratt in 1984. Their first album would be the standard which they would try to compare their following albums with. Out of the Cellar was released in the heat of the MTV metal scene where the likes of Motley Crue, Scorpions and Judas Priest ruled. The staccato style playing of Warren DeMartini along with the trademark scratchy voice of Stephen Pearcy would establish Ratt as a heavy hitter. The only American issued version of this album on cd isn't the best sounding however Japan has other versions. The influence of Judas Priest and Motley Crue are highly obvious.
Lyrics — 9
The shining moments on this album as far as hits go are the hit "Round & Round", "Wanted Man" and "Back For More". All of which received heavy rotation on MTV and FM radio. The lyrics compliment the gritty sleaze of guitar riffing that come with this recording. Stephen Pearcy has limited range with his singing but he has a distinct voice that sets itself apart from the other hair-metal bands of the '80s.
Overall Impression — 10
Ratt's debut album Out Of The Cellar would go on to sell 5 million copies. Out of the Cellar is hailed by many rock critics as the hair-metal album of the '80s. The guitar playing solidifies this as fact with Robin Crosby's thunderous rythm guitar and Warren DeMartini's lightning attack on the fret board. Out of the Cellar is always mentioned everytime there is a conversation of the best metal albums of the '80s. If you liked this album, their second release Invasion of Your Privacy is just as great.