Snow Burial Band

Post-metal from Chicago

This is the website for the band Snow Burial 

 

Snow Burial on Facebook

Snow Burial Live:

Live From London! - January 2017

"Snow Burial's hurtling, post-Mastodon riffs and warm, cascading moments of technical tranquility  are crushing" - Metal Hammer UK

Snow Burial Interviews:

Interview with Extreme Underground Music Zine - 1/22/15

Snow Burial Band Radio Appearances:

WZRD - Chicago

Kong Monster Rock

The Welding Room - WRDR-DB 

Asgard Radio - Doc Metal Show (multiple appearances)

Grip of Delusion Radio

Rock in Chicago - 10/13/15

Notes and Bolts Podcast - Interview and songs

The Garage - 103.9 the Fox - Torn @ 19:35

The Forge on Radio Free Kokomo - Multiple appearances

Rock In Chicago - Doc Metal Preview show - Interview @ 1:05:51

The Metal Experience - 3/14/2014, 2/9/2016

Snow Burial Band Reviews:

Phunkography

Loud, aggressive, in-your-face music delivered with superb musicianship and superb technical competence. This band knows how to put on a show. Highly recommended. 

Absolute Zero Media

"Snow Burial is what the 21st century extreme music is truly all about be what you want to be and let the world tell you if they give a shit or not? We have a complex, thought driven roller coaster of  skill, drive and imagination going on through out the release. Oh and if that is not enough for you to wrap your head around let's add some Math rock movements to the whole thing as well.  Good luck mortals as  Snow Burial just kick ass on so many levels..."

Toilet Ov Hell - 3/31/16

"Victory In Ruin is heavy and emotional but never cheesy, with some downright nasty riffs between the roaring vocals and graceful leads. Even the lighter moments will keep your head bobbing with a healthy dose of groove.  It’s entirely headbangable and never misses a step."

Echoes and Dust - 3/31/16

"Whether they’re navigating slippery post-rock territory a la Neurosis, whacky garbled math-rock channeling And So I Watch You From Afar, or grinding noise rock like the iconoclastic Kowloon Walled City, they end up grinding the lips and assholes into one delicious Chicago-flavored sausage."

Teeth of the Divine - Victory In Ruin Review - 3/1/16

"... Despite the points of reference given, Victory in Ruin is an album with a ferociously original sound and a great combination of melody, destruction and sheer ear-bleeding noise.  Hypothetically speaking, if Hydrahead signed this band right now, they’d easily be one of the absolute best bands on the label."

Aural Delights -  Victory In Ruin Review 2/1/16

Chicago’s  post-metal trio, Snow Burial , self-release their debut full-length, “Victory In Ruin” on 1st February. It mixes up sludge, thrash, shoegaze and math rock coming across a little like the bastard offspring of Fucked Up, “Red” era King Crimson and The Melvins. With  former members of Hoss, Canyon, Doctor This Virus Is Silence the band self-financed and released two EPs entitled Oxblood Siren and Oxblood Tides in 2014. They make a very impressive noise for a three piece and must have one of the dirtiest bass sounds in the known cosmos. The album kicks a lot of butt and manages to balance the melodic, the progressive and the downright noisy into an impressive set. Recommended!

Tides Review - Extreme Underground Music 1/19/15

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snow Burial/Oxblood Ties/2014 EP Review


  Snow  Burial  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  musical  style  that  they  refer  to  as  'hipster  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Oxblood  Ties".

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  sludge/doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  post  metal  style    guitar  leads  and  shouting  style  vocals  that  are  very  aggressive  at  times  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  singing.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  hardcore  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  at  time s the  riffing  brings  in  a  touch  of  stoner  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  yet  heavy  musical  direction  while  also  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing. 

  Snow  Burial  plays  a  style  of  sludge/doom  metal  that  is  very  heavy  yet  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  negative  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snow  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  hipster  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liars"  and  "Burned".  8  out  of  10. 

Tides Review - Liberty Voice 8/12/14

(this was written when the band went by the name Oxblood)

Pioneering bands within the more modern stylings of metal and hardcore, such as Underoath and As I Lay Dying, discovered that they were influencing hordes of new bands that wanted to emulate the simultaneously catchy and heavy vibes that such bands gave off. Despite such fervency throughout the support base of fans, music starts to become more of a product and less of an art when bands are striving too hard to imitate, and not merely use their favorite bands as catalysts for their own craft.

The concept of “heavy” is an oft-sought-after ideal in the worlds of metal, hardcore and hard rock, but the seemingly elusive aim is often defined too narrowly. If a band does not have a certain amount of breakdowns or bass drops, some cliques of fans may not even give them a chance. Oxblood is the daring type of band that decides to jump off the deep end, pushing past the paradigms that certain heavy music fans would hold as prerequisites for good music, and craft a sound of their own.

Oxblood grabs the listener and throws them right into the thick of it with the punishingly heavy “Liars.” Where some bands might try to warm their listeners up to the fullest expression of their sonic onslaught, Oxblood holds nothing back and pushes their gravelly, beefy combination of sludgy rock and metal straight out of the listener’s speakers. Bassist Andrew’s tone fits the band’s style like a hand to a glove, fleshing out the bottom end with dirty and distorted bass lines. For a three-piece band, guitarist Ben does a great job at filling out the higher range of stringed instrumentation.

“Geist” is a fantastically groovy track, as the band places driving, aggressive riffs right next to passages of the band’s lighter and more vulnerable side. It is impressive that a band like Oxblood can make timely room for calmer riffs in the middle of an EP. Most bands in their genre would just want to thrash about onstage and skip melodic and reflective moments altogether. On Tides, Oxblood synchronizes their dark and muddy tone with solid production.

On “Burned,” the band turns the heat right back up as they march confidently forward with their brand of sludgy but focused aggression. Each member in Oxblood performs vocals, and “Burned” is a highlight of the band’s placement of haunting clean vocals, another mark of a band willing to produce the sound they desire and nothing less. Regarding vocals as a whole, Oxblood has a unique take on harsh vocals, not falling strictly into more traditional preferences of metal and rock bands. Their discontented shouts and furious yells lend a powerful hand to Oxblood’s vigorous sound.

Final cut “Torn” comes as quite a surprise, as the band summons up incredibly melodic and ruminative riffs and guitar lines. This final track seems to have been very correctly placed as the last track on Tides, as such a decision brings forth two possible conclusions. Oxblood may have placed this track last as an indication toward where the band will take their musical inclinations in the future. It may have also been placed as last to keep the listener unsuspecting, and to bring a different emotion into Oxblood’s sound, thereby producing an even richer listening experience than if the song were to be first or non-existent.

“Torn” is likely the band’s most concise showcasing of talent on Tides, and drummer Brandon lays down dozens of articulate and tasteful fills. His kit comes through clearly in the mix, and his dynamic integration with his bandmates is well performed. Most of “Torn” is instrumental, before vocals return during the last few minutes to drive home the band’s final lyrical offerings.

From a bird’s eye view, Tides is very well composed, instrumentally and sonically diverse, lyrically unrelenting and fully entertaining. Oxblood is a young band, having only been in motion for two years, but it will come as no surprise if their name continues to pop up on concert flyers around Chicagoland. One aspect that plays to the band’s favor is that their musical characteristics are varied enough such that they can strike a chord amongst both metal and rock fans. Oxblood’s willingness to create the music that they want plays highly in their favor. Tides can be streamed and purchased through the band’s Bandcamp included below. Keep your eyes out for the future releases of this highly talented trio.

Review by Brad Johnson 

Siren & Tides Review - Doc Metal 3/5/14

By:  Doc Metal

Being a part of this Rock in Chicago team has really opened me up to so much great local talent that I would have never been exposed to otherwise.  One of the bands that has found its way into my regular rotation is Oxblood. Holy shit, when I first heard this band’s submission, I was floored…so much so that I wanted to feature them on the premier episode of the Doc Metal Show.  After countless listens of their first E.P., “Siren”, I can say that THIS is what I would call a sound, maybe even a new genre that Chicago is going to be known for.  This doomy, sludgy, post-metal/rocky sound, which utterly shatters me to my core, is a sound that Oxblood has pretty much perfected, and I know that other people will study this sound and try to mimic it.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is a new era for music, an era of music that Chicago will be known for, as Sweden and Norway are known for their black metal.  Oxblood just dropped their newest E.P., “Tides.”  I am going to kill two birds with one stone and review this E.P. and their first E.P., “Siren”.

 

Siren: Five songs that are so different from each other but ultimately “make sense” together.  From the opening bass riff of “Stripmine” to the noisy, yet serene ending of “Eve”, this E.P. made me fall in love with Oxblood.  I challenge you, reader, to go their Bandcamp page here:

http://oxblood.bandcamp.com/album/siren

Listen to “Dogs” in its entirety.  I guarantee you that just halfway through this track, you’ll stare at your monitor in awe while your ears are filled with this amazing goodness.  Remember that time your girlfriend woke you up on your birthday with a blowjob?  Yeah.  That’s the feeling you get listening to this.  Trust me.

 

Tides: When I got an email notification that this album was available, I’ll admit, I danced a jig.  What a hell of a release!  Punishing riffs, haunting vocals, and the whole package is just golden.  I am loving this release more and more with each listen.  However, I wish there were more than just four tracks!  Without a doubt, “Torn” is my favorite song on this sophomore release.  Fans of Big Business, Tool, and any post-rock/metal will absolutely love this E.P.  Here is the link to “Tides”.  Go.  Now.  Listen and marvel!

http://oxblood.bandcamp.com/album/tides