SNVFF - INTRAVENUS
Released off label 2016Album of the Year #24 2016
SNUFF jumped into the scene in 2014 with their self-titled debut album and I'll be the first to say that they fucking blew my expectations out the window. And I'm not just talking a regular window; I'm talking about one of those bullet proof, storm proof windows that nothing can knock over except some sort of uncanny force. And, in this case, that juggernaut would be SNUFF.
While fairly quiet over the past two years since the release of their first EP, SNUFF has come back hitting hard with several blips of news (which you can read extensively about in this interview) , including a new drummer, the fantastic Australian tour with Amelia Arsenic which I am sad I cannot see, as well as the release of their newest work of art INTRAVENUS. This five track EP should have everything you want from SNUFF and more to boot, so let's get to talking about that.
The first two tracks 'BLOOD MILK' and 'SHIBARI' are aggressive as Hell and in your face. Blasts of noise will infest your ears, and sludge filled synths make the songs dark and dirty. 'BLOOD MILK' opens with a dark ambient intro which gets haunted by Alicia Mays' voice as the time goes on. It then ushers between harsh electonic blasts and atmospheric pieces all the same. 'SHIBARI' is not as forgiving; each bump or thump on the song is loud and angry, and you'll feel it echo through your body.
When the title track hits INTRAVENUS begins to show off its softer side; it rumbles into electro territory with a slight EBM influence, and its here that Mays is able to show off her singing prowess in full form. Her voice is gorgeous and does the song extremely well. 'GASLIGHT' is much more haunting with background echoes resembling that of a ghost, and the beat resembles a club song gone gothic. The final song on the album 'ICARUS' is a combination of both the harder percussion and sludgy electronics presented on 'BLOOD MILK' and 'SHIBARI' and the electronic ebbs of the title track and 'GASLIGHT'. It's a piece of art that you need to hear.
SNUFF has once more proven that they are a dark force to be reckoned with in the industrial scene. They're beats are harsh, the electronics are foreboding, and their lead singer knows how to carry a song. Whether they're trying to melt your ears off with slamming beats or move you into a calmer state through Mays' voice, SNUFF can lock you into a trance, beat you down, and bring you back up all in the matter of five minutes. Go out and listen to one of Australia's hottest acts.
Nov 15 2016
Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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