Thy Serpent - _Death_
(Spinefarm, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
Most will see an EP by a band as an opportunity to fool around with their sound or do a cover song. Or much more simply, just a filler between albums. The new _Death_ EP by Finland's Thy Serpent, however, is an important step for the band, as it continues on with their vibrant dark metal sound they relayed to us with 1998's _Christcrusher_ [CoC #35], as well as introduce us to new band members (Throne of Chaos' Teemu Laitinen on drums and Rapture's Tomi Ullgren on guitar) and the sound they bring to the band. The music is amazing, a wall of sonic beauty meshed within a darkened vibe of intensity. Luscious keyboards combat with searing vocals and stunning guitar work to form abrasive, yet sometimes melodic works of art. The title track and "Sleep in Oblivion" just blow my mind. This an EP that fans of the band will find comfort in and a release that will definitely draw in new listeners once they hear it.

(article published 12/8/2000)

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