I guess this year marks the 25th year of Integrity. What an incredible, storied, influential life the band has led. Countless ups and downs, countless members changed, and countless bands inspired by their classic works that became a benchmark in the hardcore world.

At this point, Dwid is the sole original member and has been for a LONG time. I imagine he writes a lot of the music, but he also has a knack for finding musicians that seemingly have studied the band's back catalog like they were going for a Master's degree. Suicide Black Snake continues the tradition, but the past 5 years seems to show that he has found a new era for the band and stuck with guitarist Robert Orr. Similar to the last album, Blackest Curse, the Integrity sound is certainly there, but some newer elements have entered such as a thrashier sound laced with dirty blues and crusty d beat. I even heard some black metalish parts popping up.

The production is VERY raw. There's no frills to the recording. At times it seems on par with their demo material in terms of recording. Obviously, it's not that rough, but it does strikes a resemblance. While I wouldn't have minded if some aspects were a bit cleaner, it is a nice take off from the modern world of super polished productions.

All in all, this album is quite solid. Is it as good as the "classic" material? Not at all, but at this point it's not fair to judge them on that considering the lineup changes. Sans Dwid, it's an entire new band that is trying to step out a bit from the Integrity sound's shadow, but not be entirely devoid of it. 25 years later, the band still has it and it's nice to see them continually get the recognition they deserve considering the amount of the bands they influenced that gained the popularity they never did. Suicide Black Snake is worth a listen for any longtime fan or fan of underground heavy music in general, even the song with the harmonica.