Think about walking down a giant water pipe. You hear faint water droplets in the distance, echoing through the long seemingly endless pipe with the whispers of rats, so used to the environment, they are more than happy to cross your toes from time to time. The little light that comes through the cracks of the walls do little for your comfort as they serve to only illuminate the words ‘welcome to hell’ written in blood on the walls. Your anxiety and fear rise to climax as you sprint down the waterpipe screaming for someone to help with no assistance coming your way. You are lost. You are cold. You are forgotten.
Grasping this idea will give you a slight taste of what Snorlax’s newest release II is actually like. The production is probably what you would expect from this style of metal. Fast guitars and drums with a gritty and unrelenting feel. Vocals shrieked and growled into copious amounts of reverb and unsettling barely distinguishable melodies. Truly, this is the hardest of hardest forms of metal that we have created in terms of the metal connoisseur. Forget your deathcore, put away your brutal slam, this is the true assault onto the senses. You don’t find the beat, it merely assaults you.
In the past, I’ve struggled with this sort of dark metal (favouring melo-death over almost everything else), but there was an emotional pull to this release that I enjoyed. Unrelenting, almost hypnotic. Turns the lights off, put on your corpse paint and let the anxiety wash over you. Suitable for those who wish they lived in the Norwegian woods in the wintertime.
Release Year: 2020
Label: Brilliant Emperor Records
Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri