All songs by Mark Johnson except Love Theme, Matchbook by Eric Clausen and Burn the Flesh, Circles by Matt Lynch.
Recorded by Matt Lynch at Mysterious Mammal, Los Angeles, and by Mark Johnson at home in Seattle.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch.
Eric Clausen: Guitar and Vocals
Marty Dodson: Drums
Mark Johnson: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Matt Lynch: Bass, Vocals, Keys
THE LEGEND OF SNAIL
Snail formed in 1992 consisting of singer Mark Johnson (The Crucified, PASTE, Blessing the Hogs), bassist Matt Lynch and drummer Marty Dodson.
The eponymous first album (Big Deal Records), was well received by critics and garnered much praise in the press, as well as gaining a loyal following from peers like long time supporters Fu Manchu and Nebula.
After the follow-up release of the DIY, 4-track cassette-recorded EP “All Channels Are Open,” Snail sadly succumbed to the “sex, drugs, an Rock n Roll” lifestyle and eroded to the point of breaking up.
REIGN OF BLOOD
Snail reunited in 2008 after 15 years of slumber, added long-time friend and guitarist Eric Clausen, and unleashed “Blood” (Meteor City)—what many said was one of the Top Ten stoner/doom records of 2009. Not merely riff-rock, “Blood” combined fuzzy guitars and a pummeling rhythm section with layered, soaring melodies rarely heard in the genre. In a time of industry turmoil, the record went from blood-red to “in the black.” The record even attracted the attention of underground music legend Henry Rollins, getting multiple plays on his “Fanatics” radio show on influential Los Angeles station KCRW.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT SNAIL
“…High on my list of most-anticipated 2012 releases” – The Obelisk
“The path to a unique stoner sound is littered with seeds and stems, sick tones and thick riffs—and in this case, with cavernous clean vocals and catchy choruses. In 2009, Blood is an enjoyable departure from the social norms and mores of heaviness” - Decibel Magazine
“I’m digging it...pretty heavy stuff.” - Henry Rollins
“Heavy fuzz, psych undertones, grooves spreading over sunny fields and vocals that seem to retain a softness even when shouted” - StonerRock.com
“Where many stoner / sludge / doom bands are often stuck in a bombardment of riffs…Snail has a clear ear for dynamics and subtleties” - Aardschock
“Beatle-esque vocals, perfect songwriting and blazing distortion...Snail kills” - Flight 13