"First Bite" (Rockshots Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Laced in Lust, out of Australia, play what sounds like a blend of classic Sunset Boulevard hard rock and 70s New York rock'n'roll on their album, "First Bite."

What that means is that "First Bite" is an entertaining listen from beginning to end thanks mainly to the hard rock cliches that are present on virtually every track. Hey, I'm okay with that. A late best-selling writer friend of mine once said, "If original ideas are a dollar and cliches are a dime a dozen, I'm going for the cliches every time." And he died a multi-millionaire. You know why? Because cliches work.

Most of "First Bite" falls in somewhere between Kiss's first three albums (as on "I Remember When I Was Young") and some of Poison's early stuff (especially "Party's Over"). Again, there's nothing wrong with that. You just have to know what you're in for.

My favorite tracks were "Rock You," with its old school Motorhead vibe and the afore-mentioned "Party's Over."

Overall, "First Bite" is a fun, familiar record to listen to. If you're looking for fresh and original, however, you'll probably have to look elsewhere.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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