Album Title: 
Downtown To Ghetto
Release Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2013
Review Type: 

Here's something novel: a Hard Rock band styled on British and American bands in the genre, coming from Istanbul, Turkey, where the band, today (sóme line-up changes did occur) consisting of lead singer Bullent Calli, guitarists Dost Akyildiz & Sherhan Akalin (the latter also performing backing vocals), bassist/ backing vocalist Ali Evcimen and drummer Ozkan Oral, was formed in 2008!

In early 2010 the band, with Akalin and Calli as main composers and lyricists (extra help on lyrics coming from the band's bassist), joined forces with producer/ musician Cenk Eroglu (whom we know from Xcarnation, and whom also contributed some lead guitar licks to Snakeroot's album) to record the band's debut album. That album was finally made available digitally through iTunes, Amazon and Spotify (among others) in January 2013, and since then the album's been given airplay on a large number of internet radio stations, as well as on broadcast radio stations (including the American show Deuce Radio on KWSS FM 106.7, Spain's Heart FM 96.1, Scotland's UWS FM Radio 87.7 and Gothenburg's Radio Andra FM 103.1).

Which is not surprising, because Snakeroot's Hard Rock is not only well-performed and recorded, but the vocals are done in perfect English (expect nó accents what-so-ever!). There's an occasional injection of Heavy Metal, Punk, and even some NWoBHM antics, but overall the basis is a very nice Melodic Rock, which should find fans with lovers of AOR and the harder Rock styles alike! And, of course, there's some balladesque songs in here as well! In fact, the band is hoping for interest on an international basis, as they are looking forward to exploring the world outside of Turkey. To get acquainted with the band's music, check the band's facebook (also videos available), MySpace, and ReverbNation pages (google “snakeroot band” to find 'em). Click at (www.), and you're already re-directed to the facebook page.