Reviews Snailking Samsara

Snailking

Samsara

If you're going to name your band after a record by one of your genres chosen greats, then you better have the musical balls to back it up. And damn, do Snailking back it up. Taking their name from Ufomammut's second album, Snailking tread in their path whilst building their own identity as a massive and heavy prospect in the world of sludged out doom. Samsara courses with intent and beauty whilst also holding on to the knowledge that life is, well, pain, and Sweden's Snailking hit this point with measure and astute observation. "Shelter" rolls with languid pace and a preternatural dusk settles over the sounds like a cloak whilst Pontus Ottosson's voice weaves its way through the stoned melodies the instrumentation behind provides. The hue of prevailing sadness becomes ever more clear as the track progresses and this shadow follows Samsara through to the final notes with a melancholic stain on perception.

Samsara is, evidently, meant to only be a demo, but the three tracks on this release are extraordinarily rendered. There is depth, and warmth and humanity beneath the waves of crunching guitar and soaring vocal shades, and second track "In The Wake" is a commanding and profound performance from a band making the early steps in what should hopefully be a long career. Looping rhythms colour "Samsara" with a fascinating melody and an electronic edge creeps in to give Snailking that little something extra in their soundscape that already gnaws and crackles with an otherworldly and binding energy. 

Samsara revels in increasingly hypnotic notes and each track passes through moments of mesmerising repetition, drawing you in the the darkness below and wrapping itself around the mind, perfectly echoing the base meaning of the title - the cycle of death and rebirth to which we are bound. It's a powerful message and Snailking constantly circle this with patterns of sound that shift and change yet hold that deeper meaning rooted within it's walls. Snailking are to be watched.

8.0 / 10Cheryl
Leave a comment

8.0 / 10

8.0 / 10

Share this content
Recent reviews

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Ghosteen

9.6 / 10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen album cover

There’s nothing more personal than grief. It affects us all in different ways, but the one commonality often tends to be the insular. We retreat into ourselves, finding little comfort ...

Dark Oz

Alligators

7.5 / 10 Dark Oz - Alligators album cover

A few years removed from 2015's ¡Piratas!, a record I found singularly outstanding, Portland, Oregon band Dark Oz returned with a second EP entitled Alligators. Unsurprisingly given circumstances affecting the Dark Oz ...

William DuVall

One Alone

8.0 / 10 William DuVall - One Alone album cover
200 Words Or Less

In the 13 years that William DuVall has fronted Alice In Chains, sharing vocal duties with Jerry Cantrell he has left an indelible mark on the band’s music making AIC ...

Related news

Records Snailking debut

Posted Sept. 17, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

Swedish trio Snailking released their debut full-length, Storm on Sept. 1. The record from the sludge/doom group was issued on Consouling Sounds. A track listing is included after the ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.