Wearing their influences on their sleeves, quite literally, patched denim and all things NWOBHM is their art, they are the purveyors of traditional heavy metal. Belfast heavy metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, ”Nothing But a Bitter Taste”, this August via Hostile Media. “Nothing But a Bitter Taste ” has essentially been several years in the making. “Nothing But A Bitter Taste”, is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It’s something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we’ve released.”
Statment of the frontman Joe McDonnell about the album, and the first new song:
”For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice.
Gerrys production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles
What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound.”
”The Missionary”is a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs.
1. The Missionary
3. Nothing But A Bitter Taste
4. Gilded Men
5. God Of Punishment
6. Demon Mind
7. Defending Two Castles
8. Trapped In 1999
The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases.
As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, a track entitled ”The Missionary”, and a song which purpose was to try and harness the bizarre excitement and feeling heavy metal fans first experience on finding the genre, seeing the first album covers of Maiden’s Eddie or the devilish artwork depicted on Ozzy and Dio records. This album will be released via Alone Records. A European tour scheduled later that year with Dutch metalheads Lord Voltare and further tours and festival appearances has saw this heavy metal trio move upwards and onwards onto bigger and better things. The horizon is looking good for Rabid Bitch Of The North, so strap in, hold tight and get ready for some heavy metal rabies!
”Nothing But A Bitter Taste” will be released on a limited edition gatefold 3 panel digipack via Hostile Media on 18th August 2017 as well as digital via iTunes, Spotify, etc. Pre-order HERE!