Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Familiar Path-Reviews Posted, New Collaboration

New reviews for A Familiar Path are available in German, French, Italian, Norwegian and English. Direct links to reviews follow - pdf versions can be accessed at the reviews page on my site. See details and press info below the reviews links for ordering directly from me through Paypal (signed copies available), or through the following distributors: CDBaby or (links below).

A Familiar Path was also featured on the gagliarchives radio show and recently placed on the weekly top 20 list. Thanks to all of the radio stations and magazines, websites around the globe that have supported A Familiar Path and included it on their playlists or reviewed the disc.

In other news, I just finished recording acoustic guitar parts on a track called Irreversible Damage for Slovenian guitarist Grega Habic. Check out the track and Grega's very fine work at his myspace page!

Review links:

Sea of Tranquility (English) (English) (German) (German) (German) (German)
hooked on (German) (Italian) (Norwegian) (French)
music in (French) (French)

A Familiar Path is the third chapter of At War With Self, which is a return to Snelwar’s roots as a musician that maintains the concept of the project changing for each release. The original concept in which Snelwar combined classical guitars into progressive and thrash metal has been re-visited and fully realized with A Familiar Path. The new incarnation of At War With Self features Manfred Dikkers, who joins Snelwar again from the Acts of God sessions on drums and percussion. The tracks on A Familiar Path are “the heaviest, most aggressive and accurate version of what I’ve had in mind for combining metal and progressive influences with classical guitars” says Snelwar. Instrumental tracks such as a hybrid half-classical, half-metal rendition of a Heitor Villa-Lobos guitar study, the Slayer-meets-King Crimson aggression of Concrete and Poison and Diseased State, a new rendering of Reflections originally featured on the debut Gordian Knot disc and the guitar shred of The Ether Trail, are balanced with the vocally-centered title track and Ourselves. A Familiar Path is accompanied with artwork that completes the emotion and intensity inspired by the 42 minutes on the disc.
A Familiar Path was released November 2009.

The full track Reflections is available for free download, and preview clips available below:

Or, stream the entire disc at

You can order the disc directly from me through Paypal for $10 USD (shipments to US), and $20 USD (outside US). The different rates include postage, and account for my shipping costs from the US. All CDs will be sent first class air mail (typically 3-5 days US and 5-10 days OUS).

I have had some people inquire in the past about getting a signed copy of the disc - if this something you're interested in, just let me know when placing your order, I'd be glad to do so.

Alternate Purchase links:

Through CD Baby ($10 USD):

At War With Self: A Familiar Path

The disc is also available through the following distributors (please contact me if interested in distributing the disc):
Just for Kicks (Germany)
Synphonic (U.S.)


  1. Hello Glenn! It is a pleasure for me to write here again. But I do not know if I should be doing what I do.

    I recently bought two cd's of At War With Self (Acts Of God and A Familiar Path), but to open the packages, I suffered with a certain disappointment: the inserts do not have the lyrics.

    I've always wanted to learn the lyrics of my favorite bands, and the At War With Self is no different. I would like you to answer me how do I get the lyrics of these two discs. I love music as Ourselves, Threads and Ursa Minor and I am too excited to learn them. hehe

    Thanks Glenn! Thanks for reading my message and thanks for good music. And I'm sorry for my bad English (I'm from Brazil) and to send you messages asking about things like that.

  2. Piet -

    Thanks! Please look for the site to have an update with lyrics to tracks posted soon...thanks for your patience,


  3. I am listening to "A Familiar Path", here, at home, at 10 in the evening, with my headset on and the volume up to cover the cheerful noise spread around my my daughter who's playing catch with my wife around the house.

    I feel blessed that such music exists and that I can listen to it. It is an extraordinary masterpiece.

    The diathesis between the mandolin playing a melancholic oriental tune over the harsh sounds of the rhythm guitar playing trash metal in the back is something I never heard before. Something fantastic.
    It goes straight to my heart.

    Reflections and Diseased state too are so intense and full of passion, I cannot even begin describe in words how I feel right now.

    Please, please write more music.

    thank you,

  4. Alfred,

    Thanks so much for the kind words, really glad you like the disc!!!