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SPIDERS AND SNAKES YEAR OF THE SNAKE REVIEW 2014

 

SPIDERS AND SNAKES - YEAR OF THE SNAKE

SANSEI RECORDS

OCTOBER 28 2014

 

 

Sometimes great art comes from adversity, and while some would say that good time Rock and Roll can never be considered to be great art we at the Rockpit beg to differ, and here Spiders and Snakes have produced a fine album, just as good as anything in their 25 year career.


‘Year of the Snake’ is a diverse bunch of songs  but distinctively Spiders and Snakes, and kicks off with the memorable and pacey ‘Don’t Step Out of Line’ which sounds a little like Ace Frehley at the peak of his powers cut with some incendiary sax by Fishbone’s Angelo Moore. It’s the sort of immediately satisfying tune that sets up a great album.


‘Too Angry’ that follows lyrically takes on the topic of America’s kids resorting to guns rather than as we used to at their age, simply go out and have a good time. It’s a song we immediately stick on repeat – angry, yes, but with a great energy and again featuring the killer sax of Mr Moore.  It’s ‘Kawasaki City’ though with its harder rock edge that points to the diversity of sound on the album as a whole. There’s a video out there too which is well worth checking out. You could argue that this is probably the most solid ever opening to a Spiders and Snakes album and the great news for fans is that it keeps up the quality throughout.


Of the other cuts ‘Neutron Baby’ has a great groove and guitars reminiscent of The Sweet; while ‘Driving Me Crazy’ again has a great Hard Rock groove and a killer chorus to drag you in. One of the set pieces though has to be the duet between Lizzie and Betsy (from LA Metallers Bitch) on the classic Angel covered Little Rascals original ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore’ it’s the perfect cheesy Glam classic for Spiders and Snakes to cover and sure to be a show-stopper live.


The final two cuts ‘Over and Over’ and ‘The Digital Church’ show further diversity – both are keyboard heavy and have Sci-Fi Themes. ‘Over and Over’ an almost sixties style ballad, while ‘Digital Church’ adds more psychedelic touches along with that perfect Sweet-like groove. This is one helluva cool album, and huge fun just the way Rock and Roll should be!  


After 25 years with the band Lizzie Grey may well have had to hang up the guitar as he fights against Parkinsons, but throughout the album his vocals have a charm and sincerity, and a real power that show there is nothing that will keep him down and with an album like this indeed he may even win over a new set of fans.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

SPIDERS AND SNAKES YEAR OF THE SNAKE - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014