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Album Review

That's one serious title Y&T have come up with for their 12th studio album overall, eh? It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since this California-based melodic metal outfit last issued an all-new studio recording, but longtime fans will agree it's better late then never — especially after hearing 2010's Facemelter. There may be only two members still on board from the group's early- to mid-‘80s peak (that would be original members singer/guitarist Dave Meniketti and bassist Phil Kennemore), but with hair metal bands from the aforementioned era experiencing a serious resurgence in the early 21st century, the Y&T chaps couldn't have picked a better time to enter a recording studio once more. And instead of tinkering with their sound, Y&T have created an album that is an exact replica sonically of such popular releases as 1983's Mean Streak and 1984's In Rock We Trust (which just happen to be the group's best-selling albums). Yearning for the tough yet melodic sound that Y&T helped popularize way back when? You're in luck throughout Facemelter — especially on such standouts as "On with the Show," "Shine On," and "Wild Child," all of which would have fit perfectly on the two aforementioned albums, and gloriously feature Meniketti's Sammy Hagar-esque vocals. And like all mainstream metal acts from the ‘80s, there's the obligatory sappy power ballad included as well — "If You Want Me." It sounds like absolutely no time has passed from Y&T's mid-‘80s peak to Facemelter, which leads you to wonder...have Y&T discovered a heavy metal time machine?

Customer Reviews

great album

wow! great album. too bad not enough people will read this but if you are get this, it's great rock for a change. it's gonna be a great summer with new y&t,ratt,scorpions,ozzy,kiss,ace,dokken,krokus,wasp and the list just keeps getting longer. too bad i-tunes don't put enough of these groups on the new music catagory on the home page so more people new whats a goin' on. R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Perfect - Time Machine

It's 1981, I'm a senior in high school, pressed up against the stage at the Catalyst... I am a huge Y&T fan from back in the day, but this is the first album (that's right album) of theirs that I've purchased since 1983's Mean Streak. Nothing has captured the raw rock feeling of those early 80's classics (Earthshaker, Black Tiger, Mean Streak) like Facemelter. This record (yeah, I'm that old) combines the hard-hitting guitar and in-your-face and/or sometimes campy lyrics (even the ugly ones) that we want to bang our heads too, even in our mid 40's. I defy you to name a better lead guitar / lead vocalist than Dave Meniketti, really you can't. They are great live (to this day), because of the band's energy and because of the kind of music on Facemelter. It will bring you to your feet, put a smile on your face, make you reach for the lighter (app on your iPhone), and you'll sing at the top of your lungs. Go buy it, put in your earbuds and crank it up!

Clark Shipley
Santa Cruz, CA


Man i cant explain this album in words. Y&T more mature and at their best. Get this album and listen to real music or youll regret it.


Formed: 1975

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A legendary live band that arguably never managed to translate its electric on-stage intensity into its studio albums, Y&T stood within reach of the Grail of rock & roll stardom many times in their long career -- but through a series of mistakes, bad timing, and sheer bad luck, the ultimate prize always seemed to elude them in the end. Taking their name from a Beatles song, the group was originally formed as Yesterday & Today in San Francisco, around 1973, by vocalist and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti,...
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