The Crazy in the Night EP is the swan song of Malice, and it's not an especially noteworthy one. The '80s Los Angeles heavy metal also-rans somewhat broke up in 1987 when lead guitarist Jay Reynolds jumped ship to join his old buddy Dave Mustaine in Megadeth (before getting the boot after a half-year). Around this time Atlantic dropped the band after two albums and no commercial success, and when the band set out on the comeback road thereafter, they decided to do so without the duties of vocalist James Neal. According to legend, remaining bandmembers -- guitarist Mick Zane and bassist Mark Behn, in particular -- wanted to go with a more commercial sound à la the Scorpions (years of Judas Priest comparisons must have grown tiresome, no doubt). In any event, they brought on board vocalist Mark Weitz and embarked on their comeback trail, recording the cliché-ridden Crazy in the Night EP, which Metal Blade released in 1989. And the rest is history.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier