New Jersey's Spider Rockets have been in the game for better than a decade, but Bitten is their first release in nearly three years. This female-fronted band works the angle of (melodic) heavy rock; they like to call it loud rock. Call it punchy and heavy, sometimes with a good groove, but loud and heavy fits.
Bitten begins well with that groove pushing the heaviness in Going Down. Then you hit a bit of rut as the next three songs, while interesting, are simply, mostly, well, heavy.
The choice material comes in the middle beginning with unusually lighter and catchy Break. Gasoline offers the weight but has the infectious found in the opening track. The kickers might be Twilight Zone, an awesome cover of the Golden Earring classic and the following Better When It's Loud, a real hard rock party romp. The former makes me wonder if the Spider Rockets would do better as a cover band. The album rounds out with more heft in Nothing Left, but then Bring Me Around tempers the heaviness with crisp guitars and vocal arrangement. All in all, Bitten is an interesting album, but I think I hit the highlights and my favorite tracks with Twilight Zone and Better When It's Loud. Nevertheless, you should check them out.