SNAKE TONGUE: Raptor’s Breath: CD

The debut album from this Swedish hardcore band is nine songs and twenty-seven minutes of chaotic intensity. The primary bands I was reminded of were a couple of lesser-known European acts, Membrane (France) and Trainwreck (Germany). Some of the guitar riffs were reminiscent of High On Fire and I heard a section or two of a song that sounded like it could’ve been pulled from Converge’s catalog. But despite having a horrible band name and album title, Snake Tongue seem to create an urgent sound that provides the listener with something driving and rumbling but not redundant. There’s a lot of power and energy behind the songs, albeit slightly darker. If they keep this up, I could see Snake Tongue quite easily fitting in on a label like Deathwish. –Kurt Morris (The Sign, thesignrecords.com)