“Spit In Your Eye” (re-release) by Kittie

Artist: Kittie
Title: “Spit In Your Eye” (re-release)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 10/8/2002 (original release date)
Genre: Nu-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Kittie fans of the world will be happy campers as those fine folks over at Metal Mind Productions deliver the entire back catalog of the all girl Nu-Metal group for them to enjoy and to up the ante just a little bit more they have even made sure to toss in their first ever DVD “Spit In Your Eye” for good measure and this film is the topic of our review. The film was originally released on the bands previous label Artemis Records in 2002 and since that label has ceased function this is a great chance to get superb editions of these all of these albums in limited edition formats which include some bonus content. It’s also a great way to give some added support to a company that is all about presenting the world high quality Metal releases. As far as this video goes, when one watches “Spit In Your Eye”, you might have thought this to be a release that merely presented the bands promotional films of the time but instead we get nine tracks of live footage that all come from the bands debut release “Spit”. The footage comes from a series of shows that were recorded during their tours in 2000, and in looking at it I can say that this footage is really essential stuff for the bands hard core following and maybe even would be found interesting to those who hold some morbid curiosity as to what they are all about. Historically, whether you appreciated the band or not, there were many moments where these girls broke ground that was not easily broken and managed to stand tall in an industry that was much more male dominated than we find it being today. When this film was initially released I can admit to not being a Nu-Metal fan at all, but over time learned to appreciate those who set some of the standards and helped morph the Metal genre in their own unique fashion like the girls in Kittie were able to.

The film finds the band obviously comprised of the same lineup that recorded the album “Spit” and for those who are in the dark on this I am speaking of Morgan and Mercedes Lander (the sisters who handle vocals/guitar and drums/vocals respectively) along with Fallon Bowman (guitar) and Talena Atfield (bass). In today’s music world the band only finds the Lander sisters as the longest standing members and for a number of years the second guitar and bass had been a rotating position until only recently. Inter-mingled with the live concert footage that interestingly enough brings us a clip from the bands first headlining gig ever, is backstage banter, serious interview commentary and fooling around with each other on the tour bus (ok, to the people with the dirty minds that is NOT what I meant). Generally it shows that they are a hard working bunch of girls who want to play their brand of Metal for whoever wishes to hear them do so. Most of the talking comes from Morgan who is the bands figurehead but it is not all one sided commentary and we are treated to information from all of the members at various points. I found that much refreshing, as we too often see films where only one member is talking and the others just stand around while the film runs. Sonically I had to say that I was impressed because it truly captured the band’s energy and overall aggression on the stage and from it all we can see just how crazy their fans are for them. Given that the film comes from the tour for “Spit”, these are the only songs that we hear from them and when you compare it to the original album you will find that there are nine tracks from the records total of twelve. This might be more for the bands diehards, but the audio portion is solid enough to enjoy for any Metal fan and it’s the perfect way to see them during some of their earliest captured moments. Packed in a slim digipak there is not much to speak of in terms of additional artwork but it still looks nice and will be the perfect compliment to your Kittie collection.

Track Listing:
1. Into
2. Spit
3. Charlotte
4. Brackish
5. Suck
6. Jonny
7. Choke
8. Paperdoll
9. Do You Think I’m A Whore
10. Raven

Official Website: http://www.kittierocks.com

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