The Sound Of Silence
Bitches Sin were one of the second division bands of my NWOBHM* obsessed youth. Everyone in my world had heard of them, but no-one actually bought their records. They tried to transform themselves into a more melodic rock band called Flashpoint, but I doubt anyone would have expected guitarist Ian Toomey to put together a new lineup in the 21st century, who released a new album in 2008.
And now they've released a follow-up single. A cover version of SImon & Garfunkels 'The Sound Of Silence'. Yes, really. I'm not inventing Tapisms here. Now imagine how bad you might think a heavy, power metal cover of that song might sound. Then double it.
Which is a shame, because their own songs are pretty good. 'What Loving Means' is a fine piece of mid-tempo power metal and 'Red Skies' charges along in fine fettle. One-time metal producing legend, Chris Tsangarides has twiddled the knobs (and played guitar), recreating the eighties metal world well.
As an attention grabbing release, it does the job. Here's hoping people get past the opening track.http://www.bitchessin.co.uk
*ask yer Dad.