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Silver Snakes Saboteur

Rating: 9/10

 
Silver Snakes‘ latest effort finds the band on a darker path than previous albums. The music is cathartic and innovative with heavy, stabbing riffs that crescendo into massive walls of guitars melded with atmospheric ethereal moments. It’s epic and worth your time.
 
“Saboteur”(Evil Ink Records) finds Estrada and bandmates, bassist Mike Trujillo, guitarist Jeremiah Bignell and drummer Garrett Harney delving further into a darker side of the human condition for their third full-length album (their first for Evil Ink) released Feb 5th.
 
Tracks like ‘Devotion’ stand out as a slowly building volcano that bursts midway through the song and then desolation afterward. It’s a great opus for the album and the track that I have to play at least twice before moving to the rest of the album.
 

 
Formed in 2011, after Estrada’s hardcore/crust band Cathedrals went defunct, Silver Snakes started an evolution that has blended his many influences, from Latin singer Lola Beltrán to bands like Godflesh and Ministry. So, not surprisingly, “Saboteur,” finds the songwriter experimenting with samples, synths and beats for the first time. “It’s something I have always had an interest in, and it felt like a new challenge. It’s not like picking up a guitar and teaching yourself a few chords.”
 
Inspired by two alternative masterpieces: Nine Inch Nails “The Downward Spiral” and Sleep’s cult classic “Dopesmoker,” the storyline interwoven with the music of “Saboteur” takes the listener through a pyrrhic victory of someone who, because of their own passions and goals, sabotages and manipulates for their own benefit and soon has to come face to face with the consequences of their actions.
 
“The idea of sabotage is something that can be applied to everyone’s lives,” Estrada said, revealing the muse behind the album’s title. “It is a human urge to want to succeed over everyone else, or to see someone not succeed just for the pleasure you get out of that…that’s what this record is about.”
 
The mechanical, heartless feel of “Saboteur”enhances the narrative that Estrada and the band explore thematically on this release, but also runs the risk of alienating fans of the band’s earlier riff-laden albums.
 
It is a risk Estrada is willing to take to see Silver Snakes continue to push boundaries the way his musical heroes did more than 20 years ago.
 
“Bands like Nine Inch Nails do whatever the fuck they want because their first few records were similar and built on each other. The fact that from the get-go we have done something different from album to album is kind of a self sabotage on ourselves,” Estrada said, highlighting a crossroads the band once again finds themselves in on the verge of a new album and tour next year with Coheed and Cambria and Glassjaw.
 
“We have always written what we want to write,” Estrada said.“regardless of the fact that this new album might be a bit more accessible, it is still the darkest music we have ever written.”
 
Tracks like ‘Devotion’ stand out as a slowly building volcano that bursts midway through the song and then desolation afterward. It’s a great opus for the album and the track that I have to play at least twice before moving to the rest of the album.
 

 
While dark, there is plenty of substance and depth to the songs and it doesn’t fall shallow, as if someone just wanted to show how deep they can growl. These guys use the dynamic of the songs to ebb and flow through the darkness, not just bull-rush through it. The songs are furious yet patient, plotting for the perfect moment to stab you in the back with beautiful agony.
 
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