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Spiders & Snakes: Melodrama

Vocalist/guitarist Lizzie Grey got his start in the L.A. metal scene with the likes of bassist Frank Ferrana (who changed his name to Nikki Sixx and moved on to Motley Crue) and frontman Blackie Lawless (who later joined W.A.S.P.). Grey and Sixx stuck together for awhile, eventually forming London a group with a revolving lineup that also included future members of Guns N' Roses and Cinderella. But while his colleagues later got rich and famous, Grey remained in the underground, creating Spiders & Snakes and hanging around long enough to introduce his hybrid of hard rock and Seventies glam to a new generation of listeners.

Melodrama, the eighth album from Spiders & Snakes, fuses Frehley's Comet with Trash-era Alice Cooper and classic Cheap Trick. Musically, there's nothing here that you haven't heard before hell, the band even covers itself ("Fear of Flying"), as well as the Bay City Rollers ("Yesterday's Hero," featuring Oingo Boingo's Sam "Sluggo" Phipps on sax). But it's refreshing to hear this trio blast out tunes in 2008 that sound as if they came from another era without actually seeming to give a damn what others think. Take it or leave it, Grey seems to be saying because either way, he's gonna keep making music.

Track Listing:
1) Melodrama
2) Friends Like You
3) Fear of Flying
4) Rock and Roll With You
5) The Way
6) Dream A Little Dream
7) Shoot Me Down
8) Yesterday's Hero
9) Kicks
10) Another Lonely Day
11) Dream Girl
12) Forever

Bonus DVD: Live at the Key Club-2006

Added: January 17th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Spiders & Snakes Web Site
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Language: english

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