Thursday, November 1, 2012
Serpentine Path - Serpentine Path (2012)
Enter Serpentine Path. I'm glad that the 9,000,000 other styles of whatever-the-fuck Ramesses is known for has been cast to the wayside in favor of a more concentrated assault upon Heaven's gates. To a certain degree, some of the riffs on this album even manage to bring me back to the guitarists ultra-whacked bass performance on Electric Wizard's earlier works. This record reminds me a bit of Usurper's first few albums as it is similarly difficult to categorize.
Apparently some folks out there have boo-hooed over the fact that the drums aren't "very exciting". Well what did they expect... gravity blasts? Sure, homeboy might not exactly be a "flailing savage" behind the kit, but this is doom, is it not?
The vocals are of the 'death/doom' variety, though, again, it's hard for me to pin point exactly what style of music this is other than the fact that it is undoubtedly doom. I guess to some extent this could pass as a Ramesses album sans all of the over indulgent and nonsensical experimentation. There is also a notable Autopsy vibe that rears its deformed head from time to time as Serpentine Path have a similar fondness to employ a barrage of muddy dissonance amidst their slow trudge through the post-apocalyptic haze. Not a bad album here by any means, but I have a feeling that the band's "career defining moment" lies yet ahead.
Posted by The Way at 11:35 AM