Kick in the ass hard rock is what Snew delivers on their debut disc SNEW YOU. I am sure you are thinking the same thing as I was… what kind of a name for a band is Snew. I quickly got past the name when I found out that Curtis Don Vito was the mastermind behind this act, as Vito was the voice of Steamroller, which was one of the first bands I ever reviewed for the pages of the Metal-Rules.com. That act was pedal to the medal hard rock/trad metal and while Snew is more straight up hard rock from the Jackyl/AC/DC/American Dog school. Nothing too original to be found here but if you are looking for some serious ass kicking party music you have certainly come to the right place!
The Snew crew waste no time kicking it into high gear as the opening track “Stand Up High” is a rip roarer of the highest order and lets the listener know that Snew is here and in your face. “She’s a Real Gunslinger” is one of the highlights of the disc with Curtis Don Vito snarling his way through a track that would make Bon and Angus proud! Now saying that I want to make it clear that Snew is not an AC/DC clone band. They, like many other bands, take parts of that sound and mix it into a huge boiling pot of influences to create some of the best rock music put out there today. Snew also doesn’t forget the dirty edge that the big labels seem to easily shine from their bands. “Electric is the Law” and “Got Love” are amongst the standout tracks that make SNEW YOU such an irresistible listen.
Snew doesn’t deliver anything new on SNEW YOU. What they do deliver is some seriously energetic kickass hard rockin metal. The vocals of Curtis Don Vito fit the music perfectly and the band of guitarist Andy Lux, bassist Cat Tate and drummer Mark Ohrenberger sound as if they have played together for 20 years. If bands like AC/DC, Jackyl, American Dog and Junkyard are what turns your crank then Snew should be mandatory listening.
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