Tuesday 19 February 2019

Snake Tongue - No Escape No Excuse EP

Labels: The Sign Records
Formats: Vinyl/Digital
Release Date: 15 Feb 2019


1. Corrupted Beat
2. Dystopian Slumber
3. Derailed
4. The Hammer & The Nail

This is more than likely going to be the only review I can write before this coming Saturday, which sucks I know. This is the latest EP from Swedish hardcore band Snake Tongue. "No Escape No Excuse" was officially released last Friday via The Sign Records. I think it's the first hardcore release to come form the label (but please correct me if I'm wrong on that). It's now available digitally and on 7" vinyl.

This is proper driving hardcore and Snake Tongue doesn’t mess about. Corrupted Beat is furious, from the riffs and the drumming through to the hoarse screams. There’s technicality and a lot of metal influence in there as well, with melody showing through during the latter half of the EP opener. They layer their music with atmosphere and at times there’s a definite nod towards metalcore (when it was good) on Dystopian Slumber. The sense of urgency remains and so does the anger. It’s a sound that I’ve not heard from Sweden in a while. 

To clarify that last sentence above, this EP sounds very much European as opposed to just being an American copy-cat job. Derailed is its fastest song and its raging. Nothing else need be said about it. EP closer The Hammer & The Nail is the kind of crossover song that bridges the gap between hardcore and metal without trying. During the opener verse it sounds orchestral/melodic before the band launches into something a lot heavier. It’s 2019 and while the musical landscape is constantly shifting and mutating, Snake Tongue sound oddly fresh, to these ears at least. This EP may be short but it’s damn sweet!

You can stream and purchase "No Escape No Excuse" digitally below:-

7" vinyl copies can be purchased here - https://freighttrain.se/en/the-sign-record/snake-tongue/

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