If there’s one thing Montreal-based producer Snails has become synonymous with, its his slime-coated, grime-ridden brand of “Vomitstep” bass. When the up-and-comer released “Slugz” back in 2014, the menacing trap production would then incite the young producer’s ascension into dubstep notoriety. Hard to believe that nearly three years would pass before Snails would take the next step in his career with the release of his debut album.
The Shell is a well-conceived, expertly-executed project that spans the history of dubstep from its earliest days to its most cutting edge future. Look no further than the Liam Cormier and Travis Ritcher-assisted track, “The Anthem” or “The King Is Back” to be catapulted back to dubstep’s emergence from hard rock/metal-core. More forward-thinking tracks on the LP — from Waka Flaka and NGHTMRE collaborations to the melodic leaning HYTYD & MAX-assisted track, “To The Grave” — grant listeners a look into dubstep’s current iteration.