Snake Thursday - Iter (2014)
Picking out favorite tracks is difficult, since it's so tempting to just point to the album as a whole as an answer, but I've got to admit that the quick, concentrated get-down dig of "More Than Human" had my tongue virtually hanging out in admiration of Snake Thursday's style. Whether they're stretching out some guitar licks or plunging into convergent riff intensity, the band knows how to work their instruments into a near-psychedelic lather of bluesy grooves, hard rock with the cheese carved off, and bleary effects-driven washes of ear canal-drenching delight.
Thanks to a firm grasp of how to ramp up momentum over the course of the album, Snake Thursday manages to keep things hopping right through to the end, with the 10-minute "Cosmogonist's Apprentice" delivering a toothsome finish to the headlong rush. Another retroactive inclusion for the 2014 Top 20, for sure. I was a little surprised that the album's not already out on vinyl (you can currently get a download or one of the 500 CD copies directly from the band), but I fully expect one of the savvier labels to license these guys for wax release before the year is done. Turn your ears to Snake Thursday, sit back, and enjoy.
For Fans Of; Blood Farmers, Mondo Drag, Kyuss, Tuber, Acid Elephant