© 2004 Z Records
melodic hard rock
10 tracks - TT 46:45
release date: September 13, 2004
Awesome!! Completely and utterly awesome!! This is how I feel about this
re-packaged, re-titled and re-released debut by New Jersey based quartet
I first noticed the band about a year ago during one of my regular visits to
the Metal Mayhem web pages where they were described as a mixture of Y&T
On 20th December 2003 (some 2 years after they had signed with the label!)
their first offering was put on the market by Metal Mayhem but in May of this
year the band was released from the label after not being paid in accordance
to contractual agreements. It now seems they have found a home with Z Records
with whom they have a 2 album deal.
What we have here are 10 great riff laden tracks in the best LA Party Rock
tradition. The best comparisons I can make are the aformentioned Cinderella
(first album), Y&T, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Johnny Crash and WASP (The Last
Command). Also vocally singer/guitarist A.J. Fetz falls in somewhere between
Tom Keifer, Dave Meniketti and Vikki James Wright.
This is pure ‘80’s melodic hair metal (complete with astonishing looks!)
and with the top position of this particular brand being vacant, the door is
definitely open for Snakeryder to step in.
My favourite tracks are the AC/DC flavoured opening cut “Shake For A
Shake”, the gentle acoustic led balladry of “Don’t Wanna Let Go” that
easily passes the goose bump test, “Road To Ruin” that brings to mind
“Sweet Little Gypsy” from the sadly missed Sven Gali and album closer
But to be honest there isn’t a bummer track amongst the 10 on offer and
every song is a winner in its own right.
Not only was this album a pleasure to review ,it will have anyone with a
penchant for this kind of music digging through the dark places in the back of
the closet for the peroxide and spandex once again. An utterly essential
release and a definite contender for album of the year! (PS)