Snail
(Feral)
2015
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre:
Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Weedpecker, Alice in Chains, Truckfighters
If you're unfamiliar with Snail, here's a brief introduction. Hailing from Seattle, Washington Snail formed in 1992 and released their first Self-Titled album in 1993. Back then, way before Rotation11, a couple of our writers had jumped on the Snail train, this album had a great blend of grunge, stoner and sludge. Shortly after, the band released the All Channels Are Open EP, than out of nowhere had broken up. To our delight fourteen years later in 2009 a new album pops up called Blood. This album saw the band mature and open up their sound, it was just pure rhythmic filled stoner rock and the vocals were cleaner. In 2012, they released Terminus, where they injected more of a metal aspect to the music, it seemed like a mix between their debut and Blood. Their latest effort Feral released in 2015 on Small Stone Records shows even more growth, so let’s take a closer look into this one.

What are the highlights of the album?
“Born In Captivity” has it all, the aquatic sounding lead and background vocals really bring this song to another level. “Derail” really takes you away, it showcases the bands maturity. The track “A Mustard Seed” takes us back to classic older Snail without interrupting the flow of the album.

How is the production value?

The production is excellent, the album has a full bodied sound and the song structures are well thought out.

How is the vocal performance?
The vocal performance of Mark Johnson is excellent, he reminds us a bit of Jerry Cantrell of new Alice In Chains. He gives off a laid back vibe and the echoed effect is perfect, were suckers for a great echo on vocals.

Does the album art reflect the music?

Yes, the artwork is terrific. The colorful and detailed illustration of a deer surrounded by mushrooms in a psychedelic forest is unique.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Murphey’s Irish Stout. This full bodied stout is the perfect complement to Feral, just sit back and enjoy.

What are our final thoughts about Feral?

Snail have really upped their game with this album, from the production to the vocals and their patience is rewarding. It’s a top notch stoner rock album that should not be overlooked. We have been wanting to see Snail in action for some time and now we look forward to witnessing this for the first time at The Obelisk All Dayer event Brooklyn this August. - 8/15/2016

Band Members:

Mark Johnson - Guitars, lead vocals, keys
Matt Lynch - Bass, keys, vocals
Marty Dodson - Drums, percussion, vocals

Tracklist:
1. Building a Haunted House 04:33
2. Smoke the Deathless 03:35
3. A Mustard Seed 03:19
4. Thou Art That 10:25
5. Born in Captivity 05:00
6. Derail 05:33
7. Psilocybe 08:37
8. Come Home 06:44

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