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Released at the beginning of 1984, Ratt’s Out of the Cellar was one of the first works to crystallize what would later become known as hair metal, and it remains one of the genre’s most memorable works. Ratt didn’t have the visual impact of their rivals Mötley Crüe, but Out of the Cellar is more consistent than Crüe’s precedent-setting Shout at the Devil, which was released just a few months earlier. The songwriting is stronger, and the production — courtesy of pop metal guru Beau Hill — is sharper. “Round and Round” was the band’s monster hit and the album’s centerpiece. All hair metal is based on the blend of grinding riffs and sweet hooks, but “Round and Round” is one of a handful of songs that perfects the formula. Other standouts include “You’re In Trouble,” “Back For More” and “The Morning After.” Ratt wasn’t as fearsome as Mötley, nor were they as fluffy as Poison. Instead, Out of the Cellar occupies the middle ground, with one foot firmly planted in malevolent hard rock, and the other tipping towards pop delirium.

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One of the best 80s albums

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Are You Kidding Me?

This is the First review of one the arguably finest Hair Metal albums of the 80's. Concise Hard Rocking good time songs, augmented by one of the finest guitarists of the era. If you are into 80's metal, this is a must Have.

best hair album of all time

Ratt is amazing. They are truly talented, unlike some of the other hair bands of the 80s (poison, bon jovi if you consider them hari metal, enuff z' enuff, etc.) Warren Dimartini is a truly underrated guitar virtuoso who uses different chords and melodies in his riffs instead of throwing a bunch of power chords together and calling it a song (listen to Back for More if you don't believe me.)Stephen Pearcy has a real edge to his voice, almost a bit like an Alice Cooper feel to it. Basically the odd numbered songs (1,3,5,7,9) are classics, and the rest are excellent too. By the way if you heard Round and Round and thought the lyrics were stupid (like I did,) don't worry, the other songs you can take seriously. If you like any type of rock or metal, just give this a chance. I know some metal heads dont appreciate hair metal, but give it a try, you won't regret it. It's an instant classic.


Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ratt's brash, melodic heavy metal made the Los Angeles quintet one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-'80s. The group had its origins in the '70s group Mickey Ratt, which had evolved into Ratt by 1983; at that time the band featured vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Robbin Crosby, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby Blotzer. The band released its self-titled first album independently in 1983, which led to a major label contract with Atlantic Records. Their...
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Out of the Cellar, Ratt
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hair Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Mar 27, 1984

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