It takes a lot of courage to run screaming away from your comfort zone and do something different. If done with care, you can change the course of the art you make for the better, discovering new things about yourself. This seems to be the case with the new album from Silver Snakes – Death and The Moon (Evil Ink Records). Silver Snakes broke on the scene as a progressive modern metal band with a lot of accolades. They hinted at a dynamic shift in style with the Scathe EP of industrial metal covers but now have fully gone over to the dark side, in the best way. By going back to formula and totally reinventing the essence of the band, Silver Snakes have taken a level of risk few established bands would ever consider. Continue reading
It’s always fun to get an album that defies not only your expectations but also easy definition. Saboteur [Evil Ink Records founded by Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez], the third album from California crew Silver Snakes, features a very nondescript cover that reveals little more than the title of the record and the name of the band, but inside is 50 odd minutes of heavy rock well worth delving into.
Much likes previous outings, Saboteur is a trip across the whole spectrum of alt rock. But compared to 2014’s Year of the Snake [Bridge9], this album feels more self-assured. Each song has its own style: sometimes grungy (‘Raindance’), sometimes punky (‘Electricity’) sometimes even inching towards industrial (the atmospheric ‘Glass’ or stomping ‘Charmer’).
Though there’s a range of styles and calls to mind any number of 90s bands – Nine Inch Nails most of all – but bring everything together nicely into one package. Frontman Alex Estrada shows off an impressive range of vocal abilities both heavy and emotive (but without ever straying into whiny territory).
Short and simple rockers sit amongst longer, more adventurous pieces, all broken up with brief instrumental reprieves, and there are plenty of left turns even within the songs. The seven-minute ‘Devotion’ is a mashup of hardcore sludge and ethereal jamming, while ‘Dresden’ strays into heavy psychedelica before slamming down some crushing post-metal riffs.
Saboteur is a hard record to pin down. For sure an upgrade on previous efforts, it jumps confidently in style and tone at a moment’s notice without compromising on quality or cohesion. Adventurous, energetic and interesting.
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California crust conjurors Temple Of Dagon is streaming “The Wandering Spirit,” off of Revelations Of The Spirit, out June 9, 2015 via Black Voodoo Records here. The EP was recorded by Alex Estrada (Xibalba, Touche Amore, Silver Snakes) at Earth Capital Studios in Los Angeles, CA et al) and at Mammoth Sound in Alameda, CA. The band has a string of June shows coming up.
Jun 06: East 7th Punx Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 14: House Show – Oakland, CA
Jun 15: Blackwater Bar – Portland, OR
Jun 16: The Mix – Seattle, WA
Jun 18: Club Scum – Denver, CO
Jun 19: Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 20: TBA – Madison, WI
Jun 21: Mousetrap – Chicago, IL
Jun 23: Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
Jun 25: The Lost Well – Austin, TX
Jun 26: TBA – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 27: The Music Hall (Cruststock 2015) – Anaheim, CA