Whether rioting in the ear or slowly burning off the hairs on wilting flesh with smouldering intensity, Snake Bite the debut album from UK rock band The Goddamn Electric, is a thrilling and strikingly crafted release. It takes just one listen to the ten tracks to know that British rock is in safe accomplished hands with bands like the Manchester quartet, their mix of contagious and powerful riffs with equally potent rhythms and a whiskey soaked gravelly vocal delivery winding up the passions until they break out in mutual hunger and energy
Formed in 2010 and taking their name from a Pantera song, The Goddamn Electric combine influences from the likes of GnR, Life of Agony, Pantera, Metallica, Down, AC/DC, Biffy Clyro, Motorhead, Clutch, Red Fang, Orange Goblin, and many more into their own tempered sound. The rich inspirations certainly go to make an album which is not breaking down barriers of uniqueness but in exchange Snake Bite offers up an experience and craft which numerous other similarly sound clad bands would sell their grandmothers for. It is a snarling and passionate multi-flavoured rampage which inspires nothing less than deep satisfaction and enthusiastic involvement.
As soon as the first fiery riffs of opener Loyal To The Sinner open up their arms the weight of the album is apparent especially once the drums unleash their muscle and the bass begins its constant growl. With vocals spilling passionate bear like quarrel from every syllable to add further texture and expression to the encounter, and the guitars sending shards of sonic craft and temptation across the southern infused sounds, the contagion of the start is irresistible and sets up a real appetite for what is to follow.
Morning Injection bounces around the ear with a blues temperament and energetic hunger to continue the strong start if not quite to the level of its predecessor whilst the next up Scarecrow and Jealous Contradiction take things to a new pasture of pleasure. The first takes the passions on a rampage of deviously addictive riffs and insatiable energy though it also makes pit stops from its charge into emotive and melodically swept breathers that keep things in check and intriguing. It is a virulently compelling piece of stoner and classic rock fusion that tempts limbs and voice into its anthemic persuasion rewarding with a blistering solo that sends a heat haze around the ear. It makes a challenge for its successor to live up to but that it does with a glorious southern twang to its slowly dawning melodic swagger. Like looking into a fire it dances before the senses and thoughts, inviting emotions and ideas to play with its whispering suggestions before sending explosive flames of sonic grandeur into the roof of its exceptional triumph. One of the pinnacles on what is a constantly impressive release it is a mighty signpost to the album.
The carnivorous bass temptation of Something More sets off another furnace of exhausting enterprise before passing over to another plateau of excellence in Revive And Survive. With a punk drive to its metallic voracity, the track expands its horizons with a blaze of instinct igniting rock ‘ n’ roll, it unleashing shards of sonic flames and anthemic group vocal recruitment whilst never losing its spine of rapacious energy, though the whole song is one to call to the passions.
The blues enriched title track smoulders and twists with traditional flavouring and breath; again it is hard to say there is anything new working on the ear but its lure and expression is riveting so there is never, like for the album, an issue when it provides such an invigorating time. Both Too Dirty and Holding Me send further wholly engaging and enterprising treats straight down the ear to the passions, the first with a sleaze rock mischief to its hard rock honesty and the other through a hazy atmosphere over a mouth drying desert walking adventure which explodes with shafts of blazing sun and fire across its enthralling narrative. It is a stunning finale to an outstanding album.
Well there is one more track on the album, San Francisco, but made up of part silence than instrumental which in length is barely over the minute mark combined, it seems a little…well pointless…though that was only until learning it is an outro/teaser to the opening track on the next album. Snake Bite is an excellent release, an album which places The Goddamn Electric alongside the likes of Godsized and Trucker Diablo, as the drivers of British rock.
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