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by Black Snake Moan

A caustic hybrid of Industrial, Metal and Gothic sounds; heavy and melodic, great recording.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Industrial Metal
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1. Faces
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2. Obsidian
4:36 $0.99
3. Curtains
2:49 $0.99
4. Caterpillar
4:38 $0.99
5. Tension
4:21 $0.99
6. Static
4:24 $0.99
7. Carbon
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Some create music to bring light into a dark world; Black Snake Moan creates music to snuff that light out. Drawing on a host of musical influences beautiful and terrible; Black Snake Moan stitches order out of musical chaos. Dancing back and forth across the line between metal and industrial, Black Snake Moan fuses throbbing beats and razor sharp synths with a caustic wall of guitar and bass. An aggressive hybrid in the tradition of Ministry and Nine Inch Nails, Black Snake Moan is a powerful, accessible new voice in industrial rock.

Formed out of the maelstrom of the San Francisco music scene, singer Paige Lawrence, guitarist Aki Sasaki, drummer Gavin Price and bassist Badger came together in the autumn months of 2005 to create Black Snake Moan. With a wealth of combined experience, the musical bond formed quickly and the band moved from rehearsal to live performance within a few short months. By June of 2006, the band’s live show was turning heads and drawing more and more fans into the fray.

Sonically, Black Snake Moan begins where their influences leave off. Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Dead Can Dance and a host of other industrial, metal, and gothic influences assert themselves throughout Black Snake Moan’s 2005 CD Tension, as well as onstage. The CD captures the sound of the band’s live performances while embracing the concept of a modern, three-dimensional musical experience. Adding another dimension to the album is a hint of indigenous, tribal-style percussion that is punctuated with samples and synth-based melodies. With its liberal use of keyboards and samples, as well as its solid rock/metal foundation, Tension is a powerful combination of danceability and aggressivity.

Black Snake Moan is currently playing live and preparing to record a CD of new material. After a sharp upswing in local interest, Black Snake Moan is poised to play a string of supporting and headlining slots throughout the Northern California area. For booking or press information please contact:


Black Snake Moan is:
Aki Sasaki
Gavin Price
Paige Lawrence



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Amanda Allan

A skillful balance between metal and industrial.
Tension’s production value is excellent; however, often with good production comes the slight dulling of the edginess of the band's raw live sound. Such is the case with Black Snake Moan, which makes their live show worth coming out for.
Several of Blake Snake Moan's compositions such as "Obsidian" and "Carbon" are in relatively direct alignment with paradigms such as NIN's poppier moments, like "Closer" and "Hurt,” respectively.
Of course there are clear distinctions between Blake Snake Moan's style and that of NIN, such as the Blake Snake Moan's more Hetfield-/Layne Stanley- inspired vocals or their interjection of Faith No More-like style on numbers such as "Obsidian."
Frontman Paige Lawrence's angst-ridden lyrics are cringingly clear throughout the CD, which adds to the sense of tension and release in the set.
While Black Snake Moan clearly are influenced by some of the most famous industrial bands in existence, they're often more melodic than their predecessors, using less ambient noise than NIN post-“Pretty Hate Machine,” not as atonal (intended in comparison to major-keyed simple pop songs) as Ministry, and certainly nowhere near as experimental-industrial as Psychic TV.
As a journalist merely trying to describe where in the continuum of general "goth" music Blake Snake Moan falls, I would categorize them as on the cusp of melodic-industrial and as close as possible within that cusp to early nineties metal.
Genre debates aside, Blake Snake Moan have the sort of live show that more big name acts ought to have: different from their album and fundamentally more satisfying.
Amanda Allan, April 2nd, 2005.