Snakes “Year of the Snake” is like a trip down memory lane back when Glam Metal was
dominating the air waves. Given the band’s past this is hardly surprising, of
course. 9 albums in 25 years is something that only very few bands manage to
achieve, and the fact that they never gave up although they never made it big
speaks lengths about their dedication. They just do their thing, they play the
music they love, and they do not care about the fact that their fame is pretty much
restricted to the Sunset Strip.
Unfortunately this album is unlikely to change
the present state of things for the band. Yes, the band plays decent Glam, but
the album lacks the certain rough edge that puts the “Metal” into “Glam Metal”.
It sounds as if a band from the late 60s, or maybe early 70s decided to add a
little Metal to their music, but without going all the way. Fans who are really
into Glam Metal might still want to give this album a try for the sake of
variety, but it is definitely not a “must have”.