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BITCHFIRE Bitchfire (2008)


Marketed as Lita Ford meets Whitesnake, I'm just not sure. For a start the artwork for this Florida based band looks a little on the cheesy, 'tongue in cheek' side, and then there's the band's age.

They're no chickens. But there's nothing wrong with that - most classic heavyweight bands have been round for the odd decade or 4. Fronted by 'rock goddess' Sharyn Peach, who it has to be said has a great set of rock pipes, the image - on the cover at least - doesn't quite fit - she looks more like a karaoke singer. And as for the 'boys' in the band, they look like they've been round the block a few times.

But as I say, nothing wrong with that and the band lay down a rock steady heavy and unrelenting commercial rock sound. More Saxon than Whitesnake, to my mind though. And while I can see the Lita Ford reference point, Sharyn is a far more powerful vocalist in the mould of Lisa Smith(see GRTR! review review).

The album doesn't let up from the opening to the dying chords and it's a fun filled and fairly enjoyable ride. Heavy female fronted rock par excellence, although naturally there's a few highlights that would hold their own in more elevated circles - Headlines, Toxic Waste and Selfish Heart, to name three.

If there's any gripes - image (fish or foul?), the songwriting isn't entirely top drawer (although at its best, it more than passes muster), but what is really missing is a young gun with some really hot guitar licks. That would be the cream on the cake. In the meantime, file next to Lisa Smith and Hydrogyn (in that order).


Review by Pete Whalley

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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