It Bites

Eat Me in St. Louis

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Possibly the first of the new-styled progressive rock bands, It Bites made an impression with musicians throughout both the prog and metal/hard rock schools of music. This album, their final release, was a collection of both previously released and new material. The disc shows that they truly were one of the first bands to successfully merge progressive rock with a more pop-oriented mode. The Roger Dean cover surely pulled a lot of Yes fans into buying the disc. The music really is sort of a more modern rock take on classic prog bands like Yes and Genesis. The band was composed of Francis Dunnery, Dick Nolan, Bob Dalton, and John Beck. In retrospect, the sound can come off as a bit dated, but there is still plenty here to make the album listenable. The disc probably appeals to musicians more than non-musicians, but is an all-around solid, if not great, listen.

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