Thy Serpent - _Forests of Witchery_
(Spinefarm Records, 1996)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (
This is being marketed as black metal, which is about as accurate as calling Anthrax a death metal band. The front cover features the typical "northern forest" photo, and the back showcases yet another corpse-painted, pencil-necked geek posing with a snake - but the music is awful easy on the ears. Come on, guys: quit sucking up to the trend and just be honest, okay? You're a metal band. Though containing gothic atmosphere, needlessly long songs, and raspy vocals, this is still heavy metal all the way - slap-happy rock beats and "hot licks" included. Actually, it's not quite -that- bad, but it's a far cry from metallic extremity. Anyway, let's give credit where credit is due: opener "Flowers of Witchery Abloom" is a real cool song, clean guitars and stirring keys combining to generate strong feeling and tangible momentum. "Traveler of Unknown Plains" and "Like a Funeral Veil of Melancholy" have their moments too, but most of the music on this very well-produced release is just sort of... there. If you like metal that has just a -little- bit of power and just a -little- bit of edge, then Thy Serpent are definitely your thing.
(article published 1/2/1997)
All contents copyright 1995-2013 their individual creators. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.