Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the Snakedoctors latest single, Destroyed, which was released in December 2022.
We’ve previously reviewed Snakedoctors, who collaborate with other artists to produce the best possible sound. Here, in Destroyed, they are working with a guest drummer: Nik Hughes (best known for his work with Bush).
Snakedoctors are busy. They are four friends who started the band in Gdansk, Poland in May of 2020. Since then, they have released twenty-two singles and four albums. Clearly a band on a mission and achieving success in their home country of Poland.
Destroyed starts with some strummed electric guitar chords, a lovely chorus effect, and some room reverb. A second guitar joins the mix and solos over the top, and a simple ride cymbal keeps everything together.
The full band bursts in energetically with heavier electric guitars and a complete drumkit. The kick drum in this track is superb: bright and present and just right for this style of heavy/grunge rock.
The vocals in the track are guttural and low. They bring a sense of angst and anger to the song. The song is about how sometimes things can become really bad in life and the style of the voice suits the mood perfectly.
We like the use of extra vocals in the choruses to fill out the sound and the guitar solo has some great stereo dual sections.
Ideas from our ears
Some extra brightness and presence could be achieved with a small boost in the top 2 octaves. Another great way to achieve this would be to use a single-band compressor in the same area and add some make-up gain. To our ears, we would have liked to hear a little more development in the track especially towards the end during the repeated rising guitar riff. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Snakedoctors are a prolific Polish band who are pushing the boundaries and working with guest artists and producers to achieve the sound they’re looking for. Destroyed” is the first single of a new album coming out in the first half of 2023 with more guest artists.