15 October 2020

REVIEW: Sno Babies Soundtrack

One good and glorious thing to come out of this year is Sno Babies, a film about addiction and the affect it has on families. Another great thing to come out of this year is the Sno Babies’ soundtrack. This record is filled with some amazing artists, including the SIXX:AM hard rock collaboration between Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael. As well as this trio, we have been blessed with HELLYEAH, Escape the Fate, Bad Wolves and Deuce, along with some other great artists.
So what exactly do we make of it?

Let’s start off with reviewing the song that hit social media like a virus hit 2020 (too soon?) – Sixx:A.M.‘s “Maybe It’s Time (Artists For Recovery)”. This killer track features Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, Tommy Vext and AWOLNATION. Now that is a heck of a line-up for a song, if I ever did see one. The song is soft, very different for some of the artists, but it’s emotional and compelling. It goes with the feel of the film and, in my opinion, does the job very well. It’s the final track on the record, and I think it’s a very strong closing song – a send off, and good wishes.

I love that Bang Bang Romeo were included on this album because they really are a gem. I remember seeing Bad Wolves tour with them and Three Days Grace, and Anastasia Walker of BBR filled in to sing “Zombie” due to Tommy being away in hospital. She really did the song justice, and her vocals were so impressive. This album includes Bang Bang Romeo‘s song “Shame On You”. It has a really good beat, and has that serenade that I love so much about Anastasia. She is the Paloma Faith of rock, and I can’t wait to see where this band goes.

It’s also nice to see Escape the Fate on this album. It feels like a lifetime since I’ve seen them active. Their song “Walk On” is a nice addition to the album, though it is a little strange to not hear any heavy vocals. Understandably, we don’t want to be frightening off the film’s audience with something like “This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)”, but part of me doesn’t feel like it’s true to the band. There was definitely a little more room to make it more their own here, and add a sprinkle of the Escape the Fate that we all know and love. This song is melodic, but lacking a great deal.

I’d never heard of Eva Under Fire until I listened to this album, and it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed. She’s like a lovechild of Natasha Bedingfield and We Are The Fallen. Her song “Heroin(e)” is a real attitude-packed success, and I’m now hooked enough to look at more of her music. This song delves deep into the true feelings one might go through when faced with addiction; shame, conflicting thoughts, being let down by what was meant to help you. The thing with heroin is that it is an opioid, which is a substance that is used to relieve pain, but it is highly addictive. To rip oneself away from such a drug can be immensely difficult, and sometimes users will also find themselves addicted to methadone or other forms of morphine – prescribed to them to help ease withdrawal symptoms. You can imagine the paradoxical cycles some may go through, and never truly getting help.
Eva Under Fire also adds to the immense female presence on this record, and I am all here for it.

Highlights

  • “Maybe It’s Time (Artists for Recovery)” by Sixx:AM, Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, Tommy Vext and AWOLNATION
  • “Heroin(e)” by Eva Under Fire
  • “Outlaws and Outsiders” by Cory Marks
  • “Moth” by HELLYEAH

Overall, I loved this album. The songs are catchy, emotional, varied, and different. For the metal-only enthusiasts, I don’t think this is the album for you, but if you’re like me and can jam to a range of genres then I’d recommend giving this soundtrack a go. It’s so nice to see a “mainstream” aimed movie incorporate a rock soundtrack – with popular metal vocalists. All of the songs chosen for this record are relevant and well-thought out, and, as we know, some of the artists involved have had experiences with drugs – either from self-prescribing or from loved ones. It’s a strong component that adds to the album’s success; an honesty.

Sno Babies soundtrack was released on 4th September 2020, and is available on Spotify, iTunes, and all other major streaming services.

Go to Better Noise Music here to learn more about the bands on their roster, and their work for the Sno Babies film.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction then please remember that there is help out there for you. You are not alone. Addiction is a symptom of trauma, and you can get help and support.
Go here to learn more about Global Recovery Initiatives.