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Damnation Alley - Bitch
Member Name: dangaroo
Damnation Alley - Bitch
Date: 29/01/12, updated on 29/01/12 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Awesome riffs on Live for the Whip
Disadvantages: Betsy's vocals aren't up to scratch, not much else going for it apart from Live for the Whip
Like myself, Bitch were big fans of Alice Cooper. Unlike myself they were considered controversial at their time due to elaborate stage shows and lyrics celebrating sado-masochism, these days as most of their mainstream pop stars wear far less clothes and little girls heroes like Rihanna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and co have similar shows, it all seems rather tame.
Likewise their metal riffs aren't particularly heavy 30 years later but when Damnation Alley was released in 1982 it was good enough to warrant a place on the 1st Metal Massacre compilation that was to showcase Metallica's talents for the first time.
The riff on "Live for the Whip" is a killer, the whipping towards the end rather sounds like someone breaking a twiglet though, I don't find Betsy Bitch (real name Betsy Weiss) a particularly strong point of the band. Devoid of high wails, she actually has a considerably deeper voice than most of her male contemporaries, unfortunately she lacks a bit of conviction though and doesn't have that same bite as other female rockers like Beki Bondage or Donita Sparks.
It seems like the album is mostly geared towards that song with the other songs just a couple of things thrown together on the same vinyl, even the title track Damnation Alley is not that good.
It wouldn't be too far off the mark to say that the band recycled a couple of pretty common early metal riffs throughout the album. The album consists of only 5 tracks and is generally considered to be an EP, right now the vinyl version is for sale for 17 quid on Amazon which I think is a little high considering it's not the original release.
Damnation Alley only really offers a snippet of the band's quality and the band's more saucier lyrics and meaner guitar riffs come out in the band's follow up album "Be My Slave" which can be bought with Damnation Alley added to it and is altogether a much better proposition.
Summary: Just a snippet of the band's repertoire