"While it could have sounded all too familiar, Silver Snakes have struck gold with ‘Year Of The Snake'."
Moving away from the buoyant post-hardcore of their 2011 debut, LA’s Silver Snakes’ second full-length instead offers up the sort of murky, grunge-sodden melodies that will slide snugly into your ’90s alt-rock collection. But while it could have sounded all too familiar, they’ve struck gold with ‘Year Of The Snake’; an exquisitely dark and organic direction in which they skilfully balance their heavy and aggressive performance (‘All Your Eye’, ‘Grey Wolf’) with haunting and heart-rending, folk-tinged songwriting (‘Red’, ‘Lock’). It’s an impressive and diverse 44-minutes highlighted more so by vocalist / guitarist Alex Estrada’s pained punk delivery at every bend.
This review features in the new issue of Rock Sound.
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