“Reptile” shows what Gabriel Keyes can do. Fueled by alcohol or not, Crashdiet is back and I cannot wait to hear more of this new material.

I’ve been a fan of the Swedish metal band Crashdiet since 2005 but it has not been easy. The band had been snake bitten, their rise and fall a part of metal lore.

Crashdiet arrived on the scene in 2000 dropping their debut, Rest in Sleaze, in 2005. This metal outfit had the potential to re-invent glam but tragedy struck when longtime vocalist and founding member, Dave Lepard, committed suicide. Many thought this was the end of the band.

Crashdiet attempted a comeback with a new vocalist (Olli Herman Kosunen aka H. Olliver Twisted) releasing the album, The Unattractive Revolution, in 2007. A worthy record in my opinion but not Crashdiet. It appeared the old chemistry was lost.

Striking gold is a once in a lifetime achievement. Striking it twice is simply unfathomable but that’s what happened to Crashdiet when they unveiled their new vocalist, Simon Cruz.

Generation Wild (2010) put the band back on the map. Many of us were hoping this time it would be for good but the venom of the snake’s bite had yet to run its course.

Crashdiet released a follow up, The Savage Playground in 2013. Then Simon Cruz abruptly left the group in the middle of a tour (Japan, 2015).  Like many, I was crushed. I thought that the band had finally found a proper replacement for Dave Lepard. They had achieved success and were building momentum but now it was gone. I wrote the band off for good.

That was four years ago and now amazingly Crashdiet has returned! Their new vocalist is Gabriel Keyes and he might be the antidote this group needs.

I’ll admit that I checked out the video for “Reptile” because I was curious. I wondered what direction they’d go in and I felt that I owed it to the band to give this one final try. I’m glad that I did. Largely a performance offering, “Reptile” shows what Gabriel Keyes can do. Fueled by alcohol or not, Crashdiet is back and I cannot wait to hear more of this new material.

Crashdiet is reborn. Check out “Reptile” and remember, it’s not easy being sleazy! \m/

Crashdiet are:

  • Gabriel Keys – Vocals
  • Peter London – Bass
  • Martin Sweet – Guitars
  • Eric Young – Drums
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