Title: BiteLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
Music continue to increase the impressive roster with not
just established bands, but they also continue to bring new
talent to the forefront, and one band falling into the later
is Croatia’s Animal Drive, with the label picking up the
band for their stunning new album 'Bite'.
band have one of those quite unique features of any new band
and that’s a sound of their own.
They mix the influence of Skid Row the edgy side of
Dream Theatre with the classic 70’s hard sound, to produce
what is a landmark debut release.
album hits hard and fast from the off with ‘Goddamn
Marathon’, with frontman Dino Jelusic delivering a power
filled vocal, that has that soaring David Readman feel about
Coverdale with a bit more bite.
to see how he was chosen by the late, great Paul O'Neill to
tour as a featured vocalist on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's
most recent U.S. tour, just from the opener alone.
hard hitting rock continues with the massive ‘Tower Of
Lies (I Walk Alone)’, which is hard rock at it's very best.
This is where that Skid Row influences come to the
forefront, this is 'Slave to the Grind', hard rock at it's best.
continue with the superb ‘Had Enough’. A great slice of
classic feel good hard rock, before the tempo eases down a
little, and I mean a little, with one of my favourite tracks
off the album ‘Hands of Time’, with great soaring melodies
and a powerhouse vocal driving this one.
heavier side of the band is back with a vengeance with
‘Lights of the Damned’. This song airs toward the
Metal side of things. This heavier vibe continues on with
progressive edge of ‘Time Machine’.
band show their diversity of sound with the excellent
ballad ‘Father’, before switching things round once more
with the fantastic ‘Fade Away’. A towering mix of guitars and
soaring vocals feature strongly on this great modern rocker, that once again shows
the band can mix things up and bring in that uniqueness, that
this album shows in spades.
back to the mellower side of things with the haunting
‘Carry On’, with Jelusic delivering some great vocals.
Although I'm pretty sure this guy could sing the phone directory and make it sound good.
a touch of tongue in cheek rock with the next song, the excellent ‘Devil
Took My Beer Again’, before this great debut closes with
the seven minute epic ‘Deliver Me’. This is where that Dream
Theatre side of the band shines through. It's a little progressive, but all rock n'
Definitely one of the bands to look out for in 2018. A band with the talent to go far, so be prepared as this Animal is unleashed.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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