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Biters - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
by Craig “Thrashing” Rider at 12 June 2017, 8:26 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! The Thrasher returns to present to you: BITERS; signed via Earache Records, hailing from the United States of America - performing Rock, on their 2nd album entitled “The Future Ain't What It Used To Be”. (Released in 2017)

Since formation in 2009; the quintet in question have 1 album behind them - “Electric Blood” (released in 2015) a record I reviewed, yet I wasn't overly impressed with it to say the least. I'm hoping their 2nd deliverance “The Future Ain't What It Used To Be” (mouthful) proves to be a better listen; I found their material to be a little too weak to be consider hard-hitting rock. I however am open to a second chance so let us have hope! 10 tracks ranging at around 33:05; right off the earphones, I already hear a very generic pattern in their musicianship. “Let It Roll” starts off the record with an immediate punk incentive in their instrumentation, which sounds a little too influential - which isn't such a bad thing, yet it extinguishes the songwriting's originality value a little too much. While the sound production is solid, the instrumental practicality feels a bit too flat to be considered memorable.

Consisting of Tuk on vocals/guitar; the vocalist provides a very simplistic vocal range yet it does contribute distinctively well to the sub-genre consistently, “Stone Cold Love” showcases Matt's dexterous prowess with catchiness and flair - however, the riff patterns lack in complexity and instead distribute a facile motive as the album continues…this balances the characteristics with bland indifferences if the listener wants that unprecedented discovery. “Callin' You Home” has more typical radio-friendly elements yet slows down the tempo a little, powerhouse bassist - Philip doesn't efficiently adapt extravagantly organic aesthetics, as the guitar work is more sufficiently comprised. The 2:56 “Don't Turn This Good Heart Bad” is the second shortest song and still lacks in a salubrious sense of substance for me, while the composing sounds enjoyably stellar for the chosen sub-genre - not much impressively satisfies me in terms of variety.

Gypsy Rose” is another catchy addition with rhythmic distinction, only the chorus' and lyricism continue to grow monotonous - there are some nice psychedelic rock elements by the end of the song, however. “No Stranger To Heartache” is the shortest song on the record at 2:49 and continues to plod with more similarities to the previous songs; not showing much diversities, only enjoyably illuminate designs.

Vulture City” is the next in line; opening with an electrical rhythm where the chorus comes in, where yet again I have myself listening to a very common trend of simplicity…if that's your jam - enjoy, it just doesn't fulfill any varied solidity of manifold eminence for me. “Hollywood” is a nice anthem-esquire tune where the vocalist supplies decent tones in his voice of flourishing elegance. “Chasin' The Feeling” delivers more of those tedium chorus that while are pleasant, there is still no immediate uniqueness I can dish out…concluding the record with “Goin' Back To Georgia”; I overall again find myself not so impressed, I however can appreciate what BITERS have created - it just evidently isn't for me. “The Future Ain't What It Used To Be” disappointed me on many levels, yet it can be considered admirable - just not masterful. Hopefully next time they'll enlighten me, I'm not going to hold my breath though.

Songwriting: 5
Originality: 4
Memorability: 5
Sound Production: 6

2 Star Rating

1. Let It Roll
2. Stone Cold Love
3. Callin' You Home
4. Don't Turn This Good Heart Bad
5. Gypsy Rose
6. No Stranger To Heartache
7. Vulture City
8. Hollywood
9. Chasin' The Feeling
10. Goin' Back To Georgia
Tuk - Vox, Guitar.
Matt - Guitar, Vox.
Philip - Bass, Vox.
Joey - Drums, Percussion
Record Label: Earache Records


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