Band: Serpentine Dominion
Album: Serpentine Dominion
Release Date: 28th October, 2016
Label: Metal Blade Records
Review by Sean
You! Yes you! (There behind the bike sheds. Sorry, couldn’t resist…..) Do you think Cannibal Corpse is too brutal, but simultaneously think Killswitch Engage is too soft? Well then, do I have a supergroup/side project for you! Say hello to Serpentine Dominion, an effort featuring Corpsegrinder and Adam Dutkiewicz (Yes, I had to look that up…), rounded out with with former Black Dahlia Murder drummer Shannon Lucas.
I will admit, before I got offered the opportunity to review this album, I actually got recommended to check the group out by a guy who worked in a local game store near me. I checked them out while I was in town, and was suitably impressed, enough to think about getting the CD when I could afford it. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I spotted this was up for review. I immediately grabbed it, and, if I’m honest, would have fought someone for the chance to review this album.
So, this brings us to today, and to me attempting to review this self-titled debut, and getting my head fully blown off by how amazing it was. I’m not kidding you, as someone who likes Cannibal Corpse, and who used to LOVE KsE (get me a pint or two, we’ll talk about it…) I was looking forward to this, and was not let down. It was amazing. Brutal as fuck when it needed to be, but with juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust the right amount of melody done as only Adam D can do it, right when you need it. It all merges together beautifully, and Shannon’s experience with All That Remains surely helps here too, the more melodic slant they took as they got bigger meaning that he can bring that sort of thing to the table with great ease.
There’s absolutely nothing to complain about here. It’s over long before you think it should be, so it leaves you wanting much, MUCH more, it’s explosive, so it’ll blow you away, it’s melodic, so there are parts that are catchy as fuck, and fuck me if I won’t be listening to this tomorrow when I go out on my errands to keep the wind and cold at bay. I’ll be easy to spot if you see me out and about, I’ll be the one walking with all of Hell in my wake.
2. The Vengeance in Me
3. Vanquished Unto Thee
4. Divide, Conquer, Burn, and Destroy
5. Sovereign Hate
6. On the Brink of Devastation
7. Jagged Cross Legions
9. This Endless War
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