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Spider Rockets: Bitten

Bitten was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Black Dahlia Murder, Hatebreed, Misfits, Patti Smith Group, etc.) in New Jersey co-production credits going to Ryan Sambrook and mixing by Zach Ziskin in South Florida. "From both a compositional and performance standpoint Bitten is the group's strongest work to date," according to their people. As a newcomer to their oeuvre I have nothing to compare it to except its own merits.

Energetic is the key word here and with the exception of second song "So High" which has a frankly annoying chorus it's all good fun here in a female-fronted AC/DC with a new decade twist kind of way. There's plenty of attitude in tracks like "Scream" and riffs aplenty courtesy of lead guitarist Johnny Nap although the undoubted star of the show is vocalist Helena Cos who can definitely be termed somewhat of a belter although not in a look-at-me kind of Mariah Carey sort of way. When she says that she, "don't need you draggin' me down," on erm, "Don't Need You", you know she means it and one wouldn't want to be the subject of her ire. I also really dig the melodic solo on "Break" which is juxtaposed with the quite down turned nature of the rest of the song.

Bitten won't change the world but in terms of attitudinal female-fronted rock it is more than alright.

Track Listing:
  1. Going Down
  2. So High
  3. Don't Need You
  4. Break
  5. Gasoline
  6. Twilight Zone
  7. Better when it's Loud
  8. Nothing Left
  9. Bring Me Around

Added: June 30th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1939
Language: english

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