Every sound made by Tobey Torres, lead singer of Snake River Conspiracy captivates the essence of the powerful emotions boldly portrayed on this extremely impressive debut.
The versatility of the band shines through as every track demonstrates a different aspect of their own personas and indeed, the music scene. From the aggressive metal tracks 'Vulcan' and 'Oh Well' to the sweet, nearing pop tune 'You and Your friend', Sonic Jihad covers many diverse musical genres, linking them together and trade-marking them with a heavy dose of very edgy industrial experimental sound, and an occasional mockery of American idealism.
The complex layers of digital effects pile sound upon sound until they have a thick wall of it, which, teamed with the sultry, sometimes irate sounding vocals of femme fatale, Ms Torres, makes for a very emotive musical explosion. With such a huge amount of emotional force and excitement, Sonic Jihad is evocative of an sea, whisking you into its mystifying world incorporating rage, lust and violence, with a pace varying from raging thunderstorms 'Breed' and 'Strangled', to nearing calm waters 'Act Your Age' and 'Causality'... plus a few scattered somewhere in the middle to hold it all together. Throw in a few extremely credible covers by bands such as The Cure and The Smiths for good measure and evidently and Snake River Conspiracy are already nearing perfection.
More than just a straight nu-metal collection, Sonic Jihad is a journey, lyrically and musically, through human emotions and represents, to me at least, the triumph of passion over technology... and no one told you that you had to see them live. It's not about their stage presence - it's about the music.
9Kate Price's Score