By Dan Snierson
Updated May 15, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Nipping at the heels of the Gary Cherone-fronted Van Halen III, twice-jilted singer David Lee Roth hits back with two tracks of full-tilt swagger, sounding like he wants to pick up where 1984 left off. Sure, Diamond Dave’s shrieks have lost a bit of their luster (and those squiggling guitars are ripped right from King Eddie’s fret board), but, for what it’s worth, this stuff rocks harder than anything off III.B-