Friday, 6 October 2017

Biters - Electric Blood (Great Rock/Glamrock US 2015)


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It’s been a considerable amount of time since an up-and-coming no-nonsense rock n’ roll band has had the natural swagger and sophistication to turn heads in the music scene. The infinite effect and influence from bands like AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses in the height of 80’s rock music has had on the genre is still present to this very day and hoping to keep it very much alive in the modern age come four feisty guys from Atlanta, hungry to party hard and channel the spirit of rock under the banner of Biters, and their brand new hard-hitting album Electric Blood.


With a title like Electric Blood and an accompanying cover artwork that tips the hat to Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, one would expect this collection of modern day rock hits to be quite an impressive breakthrough, and they would be right. Biters have created an image for themselves that perfectly matches their sound, and this is ultimately defined in the album’s leading single and first track “Restless Hearts”, a positive, punchy and catchy rock n’ roll number that throws it’s weight around as a benchmark for Biters’ sound. 

The huge chorus and technical groove of the brilliant 1975 follows, containing some of the best instrumentals and vocal performances on the record. We’re treated to more of the same as Heart Fulla Rock N’ Roll brings with it some nostalgia and an impression of the spirit of what Biters are all about, while the enigmatic and heartfelt Dreams Don’t Die adds a real sense of class and sophistication to proceedings.

While listening to Electric Blood you pick up a very strong idea and atmosphere of what the Atlanta four-piece are trying to achieve. Many bands struggle to make an impression with early albums due to lack of direction and personality but this is definitely not the case with Biters, who are pushing for a revival in straight-talking rock n’ roll you can blast out your car speakers with shades and a leather jacket. This is particularly evident on takes from the second half of the album including the pacey riffage of “Low Lives In High Definition”, a loud and fast slab of textbook rock music that wouldn’t seem out of place as the soundtrack to a Saturday night bar fight. “The Kids Ain’t Alright” also spices things up from beginning as what is assumed to be a sweet rock ballad until it bursts into life in the form of a massive arena-filling anthem. The high from these tracks does fall slightly to make way for the repetitive and fairly derivative “Loose From The Noose” aside from its breakdown and finale, while “Time To Bleed” fails to make as much of an impression as similar tracks on the album.


With an album closer that contains very strong connotations of what sounds like an excellent Thin Lizzy tribute band in “Space Age Wasteland”, you are left exhausted and amused after an album that hits hard and fast with hit after hit. Although Biters’ style may seem all too familiar and out-dated by thirty-odd years they are able to put a modern day twist on the classic rock spectrum and produce an album that is as refreshing as it is entertaining. Biters are a band to keep an eye on, and Electric Blood is definitely an album you should sink your ‘teeth’ into.

01. Restless Hearts   03:31
02. 1975   03:23
03. Heart Fulla Rock N’ Roll   03:40
04. Dreams Don’t Die   03:43
05. Electric Blood   04:14  
06. The Kids Ain’t Alright   03:59
07. Low Lives In High Definition   03:15
08. Time To Bleed   03:35
09. Loose From The Noose   03:02
10. Space Age Wasteland   03:02

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1 comment:

George Leroy Tirebiter said...

These guys have been around since 2010 at least. Their EP from that year contained a song I obsessed over the entire year - Hang Around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-j6udEyUG8