Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17]
Bigfoot are a five piece hailing from Wigan, not the natural home of the Bigfoot beast but one that houses this band who have a penchant for classy hard rock. The line-up consists of vocalist Anthony Ellis, guitarists Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall. They have only been around since 2014, having released two EPs and had Jeff Scott Soto giving them some encouragement along the way.
Opener ‘Karma’ is the heaviest song on the album and the one that you can see the band’s love of Pantera come through a little.
Vocalist Anthony Ellis has a hint of Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn in his singing and on the toe tapping rocker ‘Tell Me A Lie’, even the melody sounds like Tyketto. On this one, and indeed throughout the album, guitarists Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh play up a storm. Listen out too for drummer Tom Aspinall, who adds a rock solid and at times cymbal heavy, beat throughout the album.
Bigfoot are more than a straight ahead hard rock band though as ‘I Dare You’ throws in a little reggae beat on the song’s outro. Then we have the closing epic, ‘Yours’ that features massed backing vocals, a couple of extended guitar solos and big, OTT pomp feel to the whole proceedings, wonderful stuff. An ambitious song and idea which they pull off with ease.
Like fellow label mates Inglorious, you can see Bigfoot making an impact on the rock world. Get this one on and stomping out of your speakers… ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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