‘Top 50 Albums Of 2013’ Countdown – #40: Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes

By Andrew Bansal

Detroit, Michigan-based ‘speed rock’ outfit Against The Grain wear the Motor City spirit and attitude on their sleeves, expressing it through blazing tunes comprising of a delicious melting pot of stoner rock, speed metal and punk, served in short, precise doses. Having started as recently as 2009, they’ve already been prolific with releasing music, putting out a self-titled album in 2010, a 7″ split EP the following year, the ‘Motor City Speed Rock’ album in 2012 and their latest full-length called ‘Surrounded By Snakes’ earlier this year. This new effort treats listeners with tunes that carry a similar vibe to the band’s previous work, but the Motor City speed rock band has proved on this occasion that they have more than one gear, as they’ve shown the ability to slow down and throw in riffs that blend smoothly with the faster bits. The album gets off to a blistering start with ‘Raise Your Glass’, the title song takes it a notch further, and in essence it never loses momentum. This album is best described as 30 minutes of foot-stomping, fist-pumping, head-banging heavy stoner punk music.

Track Listing:
1. Raise Your Glass
2. Surrounded By Snakes
3. Get In The Van
4. Out Of Touch
5. Don’t Care What You Say
6. Get Ready
7. Comin’ Home
8. Under Attack
9. Livin’ A Lie
10.Padded Cell
11.Last Breath

Duration: 30.4 minutes

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The countdown so far …
#50. Nails – Abandon All Life
#49. American Sharks – Self-Titled
#48. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
#47. Helen Money – Arriving Angels
#46. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
#45. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
#44. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
#43. Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
#42. Djinn And Miskatonic – Forever In The Realm
#41. Czar – No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive 
#40. Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes

Check out #39 here.