“Bite!” is the debut album from the Croatian band Animal Drive and it was released on 23rd February 2018 by Frontiers Music. The band is fronted by Dino Jelusic who was one of the vocalists on the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s recent North American tour. Fellow TSO performer Jeff Scott Soto recommended Jelusic and his band to Frontiers. I included the track “Had Enough” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd March.




Prior to Animal Drive, Jelusic spent many years performing as a solo artist and collaborating with others in various projects including an Iron Maiden tribute (Made In Iron) and the metalcore band The Ralph. He performed backing vocals on Jeff Scott Soto’s 2016 single “Give In To Me” and later that year joined TSO.

The full band line-up features Jelusic on vocals, Ivan Keller on guitar, Roko Rokindja on bass and Adrian Boric on drums. The album was co-produced, recorded by, mixed and mastered by fellow Croatian Andreas Šala.


There are 11 great tracks on the album, ranging from slower tunes like “Father” and “Carry On” to heavier offerings such as “Goddamn Miracle” and “Tower of Lies (I Walk Alone)”. The award for best song title goes to “Devil Took My Beer Again”!


Check out the band’s website at http://animal-drive.com/


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