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SONG PREMIERE: U.S. Crossover Thrash Band S.N.A.F.U.

S.N.A.F.U.- Present Day Plague

When it comes to thrash, I’ve always found crossover thrash that pulls from a healthy dose of punk and grind to be a bit more appealing than the traditional take on the genre.  Maybe it is just because of my tastes that skew towards the filthy, sleazy side of these genres, but a lot of the newer crossover bands have been incredibly appealing.  That’s why Detroit’s S.N.A.F.U. (Situation Normal All Fucked Up) caught my attention.  Their sophomore full length ‘Present Day Plague’ originally came out digitally about a year ago, and it’s finally getting the vinyl and cassette treatment on September 2nd.  Released independently by the band, this is another chance to familiarize yourself with one of the better violent, filthy groups to join the genre.  Today we’re streaming the song Her Dark Past, one of the nineteen tracks that S.N.A.F.U throws at you with the force of a speeding truck.

As you might expect, these guys keep things on the short side, with the song coming in at just over the minute and a half mark.  But they accomplish quite a bit in that period of time and Her Dark Past is a great example of everything they can offer sound wise.  At its core, crossover thrash makes up the bass of the instrumentation, with driving bass lines and that perfect changeover from scorching fast paced riffs over to that familiar mid-tempo groove.  But embedded in the tone of the instruments are hints of grind and even old-school hardcore, which gives S.N.A.F.U. a slightly more versatile attack.  It reminds me a lot of Ramming Speed, which given just how chaotic and varied those guys are this is definitely a complement.  For an independent release the production values are great too, with the guitars and bass wrapping everything in a slimy, filthy sound that is just as grimy as it is overwhelmingly intense.  This is definitely barely controlled chaos at its finest!

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The vocals are able to cram in as many styles as possible in the short time as well.  Early on they adopt a lower scream/growl that stands above the instrumentation and reminds me of multiple crossover and hardcore bands.  It’s one of those pitches that commands your attention, and is supported by backing screams that keep the energy at a high level.  Three quarters of the way in S.N.A.F.U. adds in the familiar gang chants, before ending things with a clean/shouted pitch that shakes things up yet again.  The versatility that the vocals bring to the table is a small detail in the scheme of things but it really keeps you on your toes and gives the band some unexpected nuances that helps make their material distinguishable.

S.N.A.F.U. knows how to deliver violence and grit without falling into repetitive patterns throughout ‘Present Day Plague’, and that makes all the difference.  Check out the vinyl and cassette versions on September 2nd, and if you want to sample the entire thing for yourself beforehand it’s available as a pay what you want release on Bandcamp.  S.N.A.F.U. is already writing more songs, so expect to hear even more from these guys very soon!

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