Back in 2003 the French outfit Snake Eye released their debut CD called “Wild Senses-” which was a poor effort, to say the least. Before that, Boban Milojevic was the vocalist for Voodoo Smile, who recorded their first demo in 2000. They ended up signing a deal with the French label Brennus Music and releasing their debut album “All Behind You” in 2001. That CD was in the vein of Slaughter and Skid Row, so the future of Boban looked bright. I would guess that leaving Voodoo Smile wasn’t a good move for Boban, since Snake Eye’s debut CD was so poor. Three years later, Snake Eye’s sophomore release “Ritual Instinct” is on the way from Kivel Records.
“Ritual” starts things off with tribal drums and segues into “Queen of the Night,” a power-packed tune that is reminiscent of Dokken. The searing guitar by Xavier Paladian has melodic power chords, and the killer vocals have the feeling of Don Dokken and Sammy Hagar. One thing I can say: these boys know how to pound out the tunes with big time hooks and melodies. “Memories (Give Me a Sign)” might be the best track, the Bon Jovi-like essence giving every note its true perfection. I guess during that three year layoff, Snake Eye matured and have stepped up with “Ritual Instinct”. All these tracks give you the feeling that eighties music has never left us. The energy produced is high, with anthem-style sounds on just about every track. This is a CD you can listen to over and over again.
All you Dokken fans should check out this CD, because it has that same vibe, including the George Lynch-style guitar snarling. Another unbelievable track that reeks of excitement is “Nobody.” It opens with a short acoustic melody, rips into shocking electricity, bounces back to mellow, and finally ends with in-your-face intensity. It’s funny when you hear different influences in a band. Like in “Walk in the Silence:” after mentioning Dokken, Sammy Hagar, and Bon Jovi, Snake Eye comes up with a comparison to (of all bands) Loudness from Japan. The guitar on “Walk in the Silence” has the flare of Akira Takasaki- a huge compliment to Xavier, because Akira is one of the guitar gods. This is a must-have CD for your collection.
- Boban Milojevic - Vocals
- Xavier Paladian - All electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Eric Charpentier - Bass
- Dom Morroni - Drums
- Queen of the Night
- Memories (Give me a Sign)
- Over the Edge
- The Weight of the Cross (Instrumental)
- DWB Lonely
- Walk in the Silence
- High Enough
- Never Say Never