Album Review: Snake Oil - Snake Oil
Reviewed by Lana Teramae
Snake Oil is no stranger to the spotlight. Through their Ikons of Rock shows, they’ve demonstrated an ability to imitate classic rock acts from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and onwards. Their live shows take music lovers back in time to when rock ‘n’ roll ruled the world and it was nothin’ but a good time. Snake Oil has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with legends such as The Beach Boys, Whitesnake, Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, The Guess Who, Blue Öyster Cult, Slaughter, and many more acts. A bunch of talented musicians performing cover songs of the artists they grew up with sounds like a lot of fun, but how long can that last? Wanting to write their own material, Snake Oil got down to business and currently, they plan to release their self-titled debut studio album on May 29, 2023 through Lions Pride Music.
The songs take inspiration from classic rock acts such as Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Journey, and so many other great artists from the ‘70s and ‘80s. However, it’s classic rock in modern times; that’s where bands like Evanescence and Foo Fighters come into play. 'Vampire' is dark and moody, topped with a killer bass line and solid kick drum work. 'Blink of an Eye' is a fist-pumping rocker with a piercing guitar riff and pounding drums, resembling an ‘80s hair metal classic. 'Blood on Fire' is another fun rocker with a catchy chorus, a driving beat, and fantastic lead vocals. 'Sex Drive'” is one of those tracks that can cause a speeding ticket, if not handled with precaution.
On the more melodic side, 'Dance in the Rain' sounds like a long-lost commercial ballad made perfect for MTV back in the day with big hooks, keyboards, pounding drums, and a memorable chorus. 'Breathe Again' is a modern acoustic ballad still in the veins of classic rock. A major highlight to the album would be the harmonies and backing vocals, and that probably has to do with the fact that there are two lead singers, a male and a female. It makes for an interesting dynamic within the group. The production is good for what it is. Nothing grand or spectacular, but everyone is given their opportunity in the spotlight.
Snake Oil’s self-titled debut studio album is for classic rock fans of all ages, proving that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well.
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