Spiders & Snakes – – London Daze

Reviewed: June 2000
Released: 2000, Dead Line Music
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: EvilG

It’s hard to believe there are still bands coming out that are like this. This is glam metal – period. If I were a big fan of this style of music, this would of gotten a much higher rating. However, this is cheese, well done cheese I might add. This CD harkens back to the mid-80’s when songs were all about whiskey and women and bands like Poison, Cinderella and Motley Crue were on the cover of every hard rock and metal magazine out there. This is taken right out of a time warp. These guys have totally ignored every trend out there from the 90’s. I could bash this and say, these guys are poseurs…but think about it, if they were poseurs then they’d be rapping, wearing baggy adidas clothing and trying to copy what was in at the moment. Their music and image are not what is in right now. So, I’ll give them this – they are definitely doing this because they must love it, not because it’s what’s “in.”

The songs on this CD are not meant to make any big statement. This is about simple things like “Nonstop Rock” (You got it if you want it…nonstop rock!) which is one of the CD’s better tracks that reminds me of a cross between Cinderella and AC/DC. The vocals remind me of a cross between Cinderella, AC/DC and Ratt. That means they are not the “pretty” kind of glam vocals like Warrant, Poison or Winger but have some grit. The band also do a half decent cover of Motley Crue’s “Public Enemy #1.” I’m partial to the Crue, especially old Crue, so I of course prefer the original. The last three tracks on this CD are from a very old recording made from the band London that Nikki Sixx was in before Motley Crue. The reason it was included is because the vocalist from Spiders & Snakes was also in the band London. The sound quality on these tracks is pretty bad and the music is equally as bad but I’m sure there are fanatical Crue collectors out there would love to check it out! These three songs feature Lizzie Grey (vocalist in Spiders & Snakes), Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Nigel Benjamin (Mott The Hoople).

All in all, this does not leave a lasting impression upon me. Listening to this CD was kinda funny as was looking at the band’s glammy pictures reminding me of looking at old Faces and Circus magazines. I doubt I’ll listen to this much but if you miss this style of hard rock then Spiders & Snakes are your guys. This is the band’s fifth CD, and is reportedly the “hardest hitting” – if that’s the case then this is the one to look into. Until then check the band’s website at www.mistchild.com/spidrsnsnks


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