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Snow (Brazil) - 2007 Snow

ARTIST: Snow (Brazil)
LABEL: Z Records
SERIAL: ZR1997130
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Riq Ferris - vocals * Mac Snow - guitars * Diego Padilha - bass * Sergio Sanchez - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What Comes Around * 02 Out In The Streets * 03 Hard Motherfucker * 04 Talk Of The Town * 05 Tearin' Down The House * 06 Underground Kids * 07 She Demon * 08 On Fire * 09 Cat Fight *10 On The Loose



Not exactly sure where the snow is in Brazil, but if any of the authorities over there are required to do a seek and destroy mission, then go no further than Rio De Janeiro based band Snow. Actually, the band were named after their original lead guitarist Marc Snow, who left the band one month before this album was released in September 2007. Just how the band will navigate into the future without their leader and principal songwriter remains to be seen. Perhaps they might be better off with a name change? Time will tell. Anyway, back to this glorious slice of melodic rock/metal which sits in the late 80's and early 90's hair era with ease. Singer Riq Ferris could easily be a copy-cat of Paramore McCarty, he of Warrior and Atomic Playboys notoriety. Combined with Snow's guitar work and a stupendous back-end of Padilha and Sanchez, this is a seriously good album!

The Songs
I thought I was listening to Billy Idol at the start of opener 'What Comes Around', but the song turns into a true hair-metal anthem, in the vein of Skid Row, Spread Eagle and Atomic Playboys. Wicked stuff. Chugga chugga guitar riffs are ground out on 'Out In The Streets', and by songs end it will have you screaming for more! 'Hard Motherfucker' is a wonderfully brash and ballsy rock anthem with more than a hint of 'Helter Skelter' in the chorus. This is a tune for the 'up you-one fingered' brigade! 'Talk Of The Town' is the only song for me which doesn't quite live up to the same quality as all the others. It combines a mix of styles and elements that make it sound 'hodge podge' mostly. 'Tearin' Down The House' features some huge gang-chant choruses and a fiery hair metal attack that'll wind back the clock a decade or two. The song skips into a change-up tempo through the solo section, all adding to a feature rich metal anthem.

'Underground Kids' winds us back to debut album era Skid Row, with kick ass attitude and a snarling vocal that invokes rebellion. The most interesting track is the cinematic metal of 'She Demon'. All the noise effects on the intro section reads like a who's who of the horror movie industry. All good stuff, as metal and bad girls combine for five and half minutes of mayhem. Priest like riffs dominate the soundscape on 'On Fire'. These guys don't let up one bit - and as you can tell, these guys don't believe in pussy-footing around with ballads. The fur continues to fly on 'Cat Fight', with the furious onslaught all set to dispatch all the tom-cats out of the Alleyway of leather and chains! The riffs keep coming on 'On The Loose', the song is propelled by a heavy-footed double kick drum backbeat. Oh yeah!

In Summary
Despite the personnel setback, the band have moved forward with a replacement guitarist and drummer, so it remains to be seen just how this band take shape into the future. In the meantime, if you haven't heard this, go get it. You'll be surprised at just how 'Swedish' this actually sounds! Melodic and heavy, and without doubt, one of the best albums released by the questionable team over at Z Records.

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#1 | YNGWIEVIKING on July 13 2008 10:53:05
the weak prod is the only low point

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