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Album: Once Bitten
Label: Talking Elephant
Tracks: 13

The Snakes were a hard rock band formed by former Whitesnake members Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody back in 1997.

This is their only studio album, released in 1998, and features 13 tracks, although there are no writing credits on the album which has been re-released by Talking Elephant.

Apart from Marsden and Moody on guitars, the band also included Norwegian hard rockers Johnny Lande on vocals, and Sid Ringsby on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.

It is melodic hard rock, very much in the vein of Whitesnake. So if you like your guitars turned up to 11, your drums and bass thumping away and your vocals screaming, then you'll enjoy this album.

The opening track, Labour of Love, sets the tone perfectly. Tight guitar, into a driving rhythm and power-chord fuelled lyrics, wrapped up with a sumptuous burst of slide guitar.

And while there are no obvious stand out tracks the guitars in particular are on fire throughout - the melodic playing from Bernie Marsden is complimented by the touch on slide from Micky Moody.

Now where did I put my air guitar?

John Knighton