Nov 11, 2012
HEADS UP: Snailking - "Samsara" ...
There is also a lot of 70's progressive rock elements and psychedelia is present through the entire recording. Opening track 'Shelter' kicks off with a simple but effective groove and it does take its time building its momentum but once the vocals kick in, this is classic stuff. Mixing bluesy elements with heavy as heavy gets is nothing new in the sludge-metal world but there is something refreshing about the way Snailking goes about their business. 'Shelter' ends up bubbling along at a energetic pace for the rest of its duration so it ends up being a very tasty 14 minute riff-fest. The other two tracks here, 'In the Wake' and the title track follow on in a similar vein, psychedelic, jammy and well crafted.
If you like the other bands I have mentioned here in this little review then that is all you need to know really. This is psychedelic sludge-metal without any doom plodding. The band gallop at a pace that verges on frantic at times and so this three-tracker seems much shorter than what it actually is. One gripe however is the sound or lack of sound coming from the bass. Sure it is there, you can hear it but instead of supplying some extra meat to the sound, it is relegated to the background of the mix which ends up making this sound a little too thin. Sludge-metal is and should be all about volume, power and intensity but 'Samsara' seems to be lacking. Apart from that, it is all smooth sailing for this bunch of Swedish doomsters. If you want your sludge to make your neck hurt, then this is a band you must check out. They are hardly doing anything unique but with great riffage and an irresistible grooves, 'Samsara' is mostly a winner. Pity it is all so short, give us more soon guys...8/10.