Serberus - _In Eternity_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
While at first I was interested in the aggressive overtones of this death metal act (with some melodic grooves), I slowly became disinterested after a few spins. Colorado act Serberus are talented and can play, it just seems like they can't really get the ball rolling when it comes time to avoid the cliche metal music they seem to be gnawing on. The vocals are a bit over the top at times with its raspy, echoing growl, the drums seem a tad bit heavier in the mix and also the drummer seems to have gone loony on wanting to have the double-kick drumming on Mach3. Sounds like a great idea "YES", but when it starts to sound like a typewriter stuck on the "Z" key, it gets out of hand. I'll give out some good marks for the solid and blistering opener of "Ancient Throne" -- heavy, melodic growls accompanied by a sinister guitar riff that would make Tony Iommi proud --, but not really much else stands out as worthy of heavy praising. Serberus play very adequately on _In Eternity_ and it shows. It is quite possible they may win me over with their next outing, but right now I'm not really interested in where they are taking their music.


(article published 13/5/2001)

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