Ratt helped pioneer Hollywood''s legendary Sunset Strip sound and scene. The band has returned sounding fired up and better than ever. Ratt''s first studio album in 11 years, ''Infestation,'' is a return to their heavy, riff driven roots. The band has reinvented their sound by rediscovering their strengths, shuttling listeners to a time when metal ruled the earth and real musicians wore eyeliner like a badge of honor. ''We wanted this to be like something that we would have written right after [1984''s] ''Out of the Cellar,'' says vocalist Stephen Pearcy. ''We definitely went back to basics with the mindset of a band with a lot of excitement and some great songs to get out.'' Ratt flew to a remote area of Virginia Beach in spring 2009 to work on new songs. They stayed in a four bedroom house there and wrote on their own schedule, banging out riff after riff and molding them into tunes quickly and with great enthusiasm. ''We literally ate, slept and did everything right there, and it was great fun,'' DeMartini says. ''We would stay up as late as we wanted and work as late as we wanted and wake up when you want and eat something and get right back to it. It was really cool; there were even a couple of engineers that lived close by. It felt like going to an oasis to be creative.'' Produced by Michael ''Elvis'' Baskette (Chevelle, Alter Bridge).
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