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Written by Central Electronic Brain     October 19, 2015    
 
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It's solid yet unspectacular.

Greece is presently more renowned for its dire financial state and the number of bailouts it has received than for producing quality Rock and Metal acts (Firewind and Outloud! aside) and Female-Fronted 4Bitten are unlikely to change that perspective too much.

This Athens quartet began life in 2002 performing covers in their local club scene. Their debut album 'No More Sins' appeared in 2009 and they went on to tour with the likes of UFO, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Blaze Bayley and the Michael Schenker Group. Sophomore release 'Delirium' arrived in 2012 and that three-year album release cycle continues with 'Rewind & Erase'.

An internet search of the band's history also revealed that both previous (well received I might add) albums had their fair share of diversity throughout, something that I feel 'Rewind...' lacks, as throughout the eleven tracks on offer the tempo remains pretty consistent. A variety of pace certainly wouldn't have gone amiss, especially as that pace tends to be of the plodding, grinding variety. 4Bitten's sound on this album is of a Contemporary Metal sound infused with a Grungy undertone – somewhat like a Female-Fronted Furyon but without a guitarist as good as Chris Green. Or songs as interesting for that matter...

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I have also read a number of claims about how good front-lady Fofi Roussos' vocal range is, something I just don't get – don't get me wrong, she's not bad and has a decent, gritty quality to her voice, but she certainly ain't no Lzzy Hale. That said, the fact her vocals are buried deep in the mix certainly doesn't help her cause. The same can be said about George M's guitar parts; the riffs are dominant, along with the pounding rhythm section, but his solo parts would benefit from being more pronounced.

The likes of opener 'Die In Vain', the single 'Save My Soul' and the bouncy 'Cause I Can' are all good tunes, but over the course of the album the repetitiveness of the tempos and grinding rhythms do little to persuade me that this is an album that I will quickly feel the need to come back to. It's solid yet unspectacular.

Ant Heeks

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