Snorlax – II

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://brilliantemperor.bigcartel.com
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://snorlaxbm.bandcamp.com/album/ii
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/snorlaxbm/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDtxFd0vtAbEtHBoV5LL97avsO4U6FuaENPI-YAyxJ3A1kynyj1-qbdvrHNIlpRlzVK0jg2cQ3VWioK

Band line-up:

Brendan Auld

Tracklisting:

1 .Infernal Devourment
2 .The Resin Tomb
3. The Chaos Ov Iron Oppression
4. Mind Ov Maggots
5. Encapsulated Apocalypse
6. Impending Abysmal Wretchedness

Review:

Snorlax is an Australian extreme metal band on Brilliant Emperor Records. Riding off the highly acclaimed 2018 demo ‘Splintering’ (released through Caligari Records), their latest work, simply called ‘II’ continues with the raging blackened-death-grind nightmare. With guttural growls and pained shrieking, Snorlax presents to you 22 minutes of pure madness. It is raw, intense, well-crafted and atmospheric at the same time. It will be unleashed on 10 January, 2020.

For death metal, this stuff is pretty deep. You get a wide range of tempos, textures and dynamics throughout the album, and the way the songs follow on from each other, as if different parts of a crazed symphony, is pretty cool. (If you thought that sounded pretentious, check out the song titles. Nothing wrong with a little pretension every now and then, right?) The riffs themselves whilst perfectly adequate and exciting aren’t anything groundbreaking or special, they just stick to tremolo picked guitars, harsh note combinations and power chords. Again, it’s the structure of this release that makes it worth a listen. 

Just because the song titles are adventurous, doesn’t mean you get ambitious guitar solos or complicated polyrhythms, either. Maybe you should stop thinking about the words Snorlax use altogether, because their album name… well, Google says it’s a kind of Pokemon. What has Pokemon got to do with death metal? Is that a joke? The music doesn’t come across as particularly funny… Maybe that itself is supposed to be the joke. Who knows? 

In conclusion, don’t be fooled by the friendly name. Yes, it’s just as crazy as seeing the phrase ‘Pikachu supporting Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death’, but Snorlax kick as much bum as anyone else. Just not in a way that is as creative as it could be. Turn it up loud to appreciate the intense bass notes and frantic drums, and you should enjoy it, however. This music is above average in many areas and is recommended listening. Snorlax are no Nile or Behemoth, but they can compete with the more simple Bolt Thrower, for example.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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