Reviewed: April 2021
Released: 2021, Metal Assault
Reviewer: Jack Merry
The debut EP from Californian riff-rockers Sea of Snakes entitled World of Fire (pretty apt under the current global circumstances, wouldn’t you say?) is a generously sized portion of heavy metal, mixed with elements of sludge metal and punk.
Comprising of five uncompromising monster tracks, Sea of Snakes are out for blood and melted minds. The EP draws from a melting pot of influences that include Corrosion of Conformity, Motörhead, The Doors, Metal Church, and Down. As you can imagine, the result is a volcanic concoction of thundering rhythm and squealing guitars, with Tracy Steiger’s snarling voice leading the way on the explosive “Son of Man.”
The crushing opening song ‘Let The Fire Burn’ is a mid-tempo stomp through heavy metal’s past while being a very promising sign for heavy metal’s future. Riffs and solos galore explode through the speakers with a ferocity and conviction I’ve not heard in a while, and from this track alone, Sea of Snakes are one to watch.
‘Ride The Line’ is more in line with Corrosion of Conformity than anybody else, as lumbering riffs collide with wah-drenched licks and a propulsive rhythm section that elevates the song to another level. I really enjoy this style of metal; no frills, no bullshit, no unintelligible vocals… This is good old-fashioned hard rock and heavy metal, make no mistake. There’s no nonsense to be found anywhere here, as it’s crystal clear Sea of Snakes aren’t here to mess around. This is their opening statement, and it’s a glorious kick in the teeth.
‘Drink Your Teeth’ is the twisted sound of Pantera and 90’s Metallica crashing into each other, with huge mountainous riffs and a menacing vocal turn from Steiger. It’s got some grunge vibes as well, not unlike Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and a blistering guitar solo and tortured screams towards the end. It’s dark, dramatic, ferocious, and completely volcanic.
I’m definitely going to be following Sea of Snakes to see where they go next and if they can deliver a crushing full-length debut record in the future. I have no doubts they will, but how good will it be? If it’s anything like this, we’re in for a delicious and thundering heavy metal treat.