Snær – Frozen Alchemy
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 41:10
Review by Rick Eaglestone
Maine’s Snær entwine legend and fantasy with their debut album “Frozen Alchemy”.
The aptly titled ‘Into’ eerily could’ve been placed into ‘The VVitch: A New-England Folktale’ movie soundtrack, whereas the doom laden ‘Black Stain’ tells the tale of local legend Colonel Buck, who burned his witch mistress at the stake and, as she burned, she cursed him to have a stain for all eternity – The drumming on this track really stands out for me.
Coming in with blackened thrash elements, both ‘Rise Of The Sea Ghouls’ & ‘Black Bear Mauling’ tear away relentlessly, before the longest track and my personal highlight ‘Endless Suffering’. The melodic intro feels really emotional, almost in the same vein as Metallica’s ‘Fade To Black’, it then changes pace various times, but still maintains that melodic tone throughout.
The title track ‘Frozen Alchemy’ is Snær’s ‘Black Sabbath’ with slow purposeful bass tones, menacing drums and absolutely gripping guitar riff. It is quite fitting then that the track is about a secret magical practice brought to Maine by Viking Shaman.
I really enjoyed the instrumental ‘Snær’ as it fits well within the landscape of the album and the marching beat of ‘March To The Ovens’ encapsulates the band’s philosophy, the extermination of the entire human race.
Finally, a very ambitious cover of Bathory’s ‘The Return Of Darkness And Evil’ completes the album. Now, not only do I love this track, but this is a great cover and really suits vocalist Joseph Doome incredibly well, in fact, so much so, that I actually went back and replayed the whole album again.
‘Black Stain’ (Audio)
02. Black Stain
03. Ghouls Of The Sea
04. Black Bear Mauling
05. Endless Suffering
06. Frozen Alchemy
08. March Of The Ovens
09. The Return Of Darkness And Evil (Bathory Cover)
Joseph Doome – Lead Vocals/Bass
Jeffrey Lloyd Snader – Lead Guitar
Conrad Lausier – Drums
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