Snail stream their fifth full-length album »Fractal Altar«, out now via Argonauta Records
Seattle-based heavy psych rockers Snail stream their fifth full-length album, »Fractal Altar«, which was just released on April 30th, 2021 via Argonauta Records.
01. Mission From God
02. Nothing Left For You
03. Not Two
04. Hold On
05. The False Lack
06. When The Tree Spoke
07. Draining White
08. Fractal Altar
Recorded by Matt Lynch at All Welcome Records, Inglewood, CA.
Mark Johnson’s additional vocals and guitars engineered by Jennifer Hendrix-Johnson at home in Seattle.
Mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch at Mysterious Mammal Recording.
Produced by Matt Lynch and Mark Johnson.
Backmasked guitar on »Fractal Altar« by Ed Mundell (The Freeks, ex-Monster Magnet, ex-The Atomic Bitchwax).
Cover art by Seldon Hunt.
Back cover art by Ella Lynch.
Graphic design by Matt Lynch.
Courtesy of All Noir PR:
Heavy psych overlords Snail have announced the release of a brand new album – the band’s first record in six long years – due out on April 30, 2021 through Italy’s powerhouse label Argonauta Records!
»Fractal Altar« picks up where the last LP »Feral« left off – heavy, fuzzy melodic tunes with floating harmonies and lyrics that explore both inner and outer space. But this time, the band comes recharged and rejuvenated, enthusiastically triumphing over their dark side and reveling in their power trio roots. Six years in gestation, recording for »Fractal Altar« led all three original members Marty Dodson (drums), Mark Johnson (lead vocals and guitar) and Matt Lynch (bass and vocals) to convene their brotherhood in Inglewood to record at All Welcome Records. Since the members are spread out all over the West Coast ranging from Seattle to Los Angeles and San Diego, the proceedings took on the air of an astrological event. Snail in the studio is a celebration of both sonics and friendship, and after 30 years of playing together, it didn’t take long to lock in and feel the synergy ignite.
The advanced single »Nothing Left For You« back in May 2020 gave a first sneak peak of the fruits of Snail’s labors, showcasing faster driving rhythms and Stooges-style leads. Dropping the needle on the LP’s opening track »Mission From God«, the listener gets a nod to the Blues Brothers, while the song turns the line on its head with a hard rocking tune about going “far out” to bring back the psych knowledge for the less experienced masses. After ranging from poppy jangle to fuzzy singalongs and Camaro rocking proto-metal, the record closes with the title song, »Fractal Altar«, a nine minute sludge behemoth that will leave listeners renewed and satisfied that they sat down to commune with the elders.
»Fractal Altar« is out on April 30th via Argonauta Records, and available as LP, CD, highly collectable bundles and digital formats.
Mark Johnson – Guitars, Lead Vocals
Matt Lynch – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Marty Dodson – Drums
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