Despite being recorded in 1992, Spider & Snakes' five-track EP, Arachnomania, is vintage '80s heavy metal. Sunset Strip veteran Lizzie Grey may have taken a few musical detours over the years (such as 1994's first wave glam-esque 2000 Retro and 1997's punk pop-esque Astro Pop), but he'll probably always be best known for being part of the same '80s L.A. metal scene that spawned Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses. And that's precisely the style Grey focuses on for Arachnomania. Tracks such as the album opener, "California Slide," would sound at home on Too Fast for Love (with the latter containing vocal screeches during that chorus that prove pretty darn hard to take), while the group tips its cap to its influences with a cover of Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies." Glam metal may have been considered dead by many circa 1992, but Grey and company continued to stick to their guns, as evidenced by the music and their look (unashamedly displayed on the album cover) of Arachnomania.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato