B.I.T.E.â€™s vocalist Adam sounds as if eir does not have English as a native language. This is not to say that ey screws up verbs and tenses, but rather the accents on some of the syllables on â€œNo Directionâ€ are a little odd compared to most American English speakers. The recording on â€œNo Direction is a little rough as well, favoring a gritty/high end feel that gives much greater attention to the guitar riffs than the bass and drums. B.I.T.E.â€™s â€œFollowâ€ shows a comfort-level much higher than many punk bands in the R.E.M.m-esque stanzas on the track. Crafting a grooving melody that will insinuate itself into any listenerâ€™s head at the first listen, â€œFollowâ€ shows an intelligent to the band that canâ€™t be found in bands that have been around as long as B.I.T.E. has been. The only problem during â€œFollowâ€ comes in the anemic echo-affect the occurs during the chorus â€“ at the utterance of â€œFollowâ€, what can only be dscribed as a bored mall security guard that B.I.T.E. got to say â€œFollowâ€ chimes in. â€œFather: Sonâ€ continues the high quality of guitar lines that B.I.T.E. is increasingly known, as well as the Shannon Hoon-like vocals of Adam. â€œFather: Sonâ€ intelligently uses a violin to draw attention and emotional investment to their track, as well as diminish any though that they are another mediocre band bent on conformity-laden success.
â€œAbout Tomorrowâ€ is another shift in genres, this time moving B.I.T.E. into a Fear Factory/emo hybrid that is strengthed by simplistic but effective guitar lines. â€œAbout Tomorrowâ€ has a Rise Against feel to it that will show the With each subsequent track, the strongest appeal of B.I.T.E. comes to light: their ability to uncannily wear their influences on their sleeve, and to incorporate a differing set of these influences into every song. â€œIâ€ has a Rage Against The Machine sound, while â€œSomewhereâ€ uses the same vocals as Serj from S.O.A.D. The tracks are solid, no doubt about that but the problem with â€œNi Directionâ€ is the same as what Pvrenchymv suffers with: many times, the tracks do not have enough differing material to float the track (even in the same of “Somewhere”, which is only a smidgen over three minutes. If B.I.T.E. wishes to succeed, their best bet would be to vary their instrumental fare. The tracks are all impressive and Roman and Deanâ€™s two-guitar attack awe-inspiring, but the same guitar line played perfectly thirteen times is still going to lose some of its luster.
Top Tracks: Follow, Father, Son
Beginning Is The End â€“ No Direction / 2004 B.I.T.E. Music / 11 Tracks / http://www.bitemusic.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 13 February 2005