Pennsylvanian duo Vulturepeak unleash 10 new tracks of seething, bitter hardcore on their newest full-length, Snake Body.
Armed to the teeth with neck-snapping riffs and pulverizing drumming, Vulturepeak‘s Snake Body immediately rushes out of the gate, eyes red with fury, and throttles listeners continuously throughout its duration. Melding together multiple variations of hardcore and metalcore, while still retaining their own sense of identity, Vulturepeak‘s rampaging tunes will appease stage divers of all shapes and sizes.
Opening with the chaotic “Wraith”, Snake Body wastes no time beating listeners senseless. Frequently shifting between flurries of atonal riffs and raging metallic hardcore, “Wraith” ensnares listeners in its jaws and shakes them about until they are nothing more than shreds. The song’s angular guitar work and penchant for dissonant beatdowns brings the early work of Converge and Every Time I Die to mind. “Wraith” sets the stage but is by no means an indicator of what to expect. Snake Body excels because the songs get heavier, more dynamic, and there are always surprises around the corner.
The following three-part assault, “Bliss Trap”, “Acid Gates” and”Trench Weight”, are metallic hardcore to a T, channeling Integrity and others of a similar ilk at their most aggressive. These tracks blend driving, d-beat laden chord progressions with sudden bursts of bouncing, angular riffage, eliciting spin-kicks from the most mild-mannered of persons. After this vitriolic trio the remaining tracks on the record show the band exploring different territories and expanding upon elements of previous tracks.
“Frozen River” initiates the album’s stylistic shift as it churns out a myriad of dissonant, jangly hardcore riffs accompanied by off-kilter rhythms and wrapped in a blanket of choking feedback. The track harks back to the chaos of album opener “Wraith”, but on a much larger, apocalyptic scale. This adoration with all things noisy and ugly continues on the brooding, skull-caving closing track “This Was Meant to Hurt” as well. This section of the album also flirts with more melodic sensibilities, most notably in the track “The Strain”. With its emotive yet grimy post-hardcore stylings, “The Strain” unleashes a steady assault of heart-pounding riffs that eventually lead to a triumphant climax of melodic riffs that are gradually enveloped in subtle atmospheric effects.
Vulturepeak wear their influences proudly on Snake Body, but have no problem shaking things up a bit, especially during the record’s second half. Snake Body aggregates some of the best elements of hardcore past and present into a hard-hitting, multifaceted album that will appease genre aficionados and those just looking to get their head caved in.
Release Date: March 25, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Wraith”, “Acid Gates”, “Frozen River”, “Bright Eyes” and “This Was Meant to Hurt”
For Fans Of: Converge, Integrity, His Hero is Gone and American Standards