Serpent - _In The Garden of Serpent_
(Nuclear Blast, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (
The bio of the band refers to them as something like "the bastard child of Motorhead and The Obsessed" - I really don't know about that?! The music of Serpent (which consists of ex-members from Entombed and Therion) is quite heavy but more in a rock fashion rather than the brutal and harsh speed-like offerings of the aforementioned bands. There are also many Sabbath-esque qualities that are quite evident in numerous numbers with the way they are assembled and delivered. Also evident is the dirge-like metallic characteristics of such bands as Kyuss, Monster Magnet, and Trouble. This album works more off groove and feedback than heavy riffs and speed. While the groove may be the most appealing factor to Serpent's debut, the sincere attitude of the band proves to be a worthwhile gem as well. It just seems that the band is not out to play the heaviest riff or be the loudest band, rather they focus more on writing strong, memorable numbers like "Stoned The Dawn", "Lost Dreams", and "Magic".
(article published 4/18/1996)
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