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Albums Of The Week: Sonny Vincent | Snake Pit Therapy

Four decades on, the N.Y.C. punk pioneer can still craft high-voltage firecrackers.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: Living legend Sonny Vincent (Testors/The Limit) celebrates raw incendiary rock, leaving pretenders in the shade with new album Snake Pit Therapy, a whirlwind of soulful punk with a badass backbone.

Born in New York City and raised on its streets and in its clubs, Vincent is infamous from N.Y.C. punk fire-starters Testors, who were attitude-laden fixtures on the CBGB and Max’s Kansas City scenes from ’75 to ’79.

Vincent’s new album Snake Pit Therapy is raw, real-deal blazing proto-punk with lashings of psychedelia and hard rock, all taken to the edge with Vincent’s secret weapons: The naked aggression in his passionate voice and his trademark caustic guitar. If there is an honesty which runs through the bones in Snake Pit Therapy, it’s because Vincent’s life and antics are more than legend — they are real, as documented in his recent book of the same name. In and out of homes for bad kids, committed to the psych ward for observation and forcibly conscripted into a tour of duty in Vietnam courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corp, Vincent’s experience of wild and tough living has awarded his songs hardness with humanity. Sincerity without mawkishness, Snake Pit Therapy is a glorious testament to real rock ’n’ roll.

Boasting 15 tracks of electrifying shock-treatment, with catchy, primal screams and searing melody Snake Pit Therapy is just what the doctor ordered. Songs like The End of Light and Never Tired, with their heart-ripped-open choruses, are visceral, vital and urgent. Vincent has venom in his fangs, and his song-writing is razor sharp. Burning with underground spirit, never standing still, Vincent is the ultimate undestroyable outsider, most recently exploding the airwaves with his new heavy punk-metal band The Limit, featuring Bobby Liebling of Pentagram, and garnering glowing reviews worldwide. While playing with some of the genre’s most influential names during a career which has spanned over three decades and 28 albums without compromise, Vincent’s music remains diehard, high octane, high voltage and high class.

Snake Pit Therapy rocks with a heart-heavy passion, savage smarts, and tunes that can reunite you with your own bastard youth. Are you ready to get your head rearranged by a man whose music mixes irresistible melody with a powerful and raw sound that’s more potent than a cornered king cobra? If so, you’re in urgent need of Snake Pit Therapy.”