Review: Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion

serpentinedominioncdcoverWritten by Matt Drummond

Is it just me, or does it seem like more and more well established musicians are joining forces and creating new bands? A common term for these bands is “super group,” but not all of them live up to the term.

With outcomes varying in success, these endeavors do produce some great music more often than not. Fortunately the latest one to catch my eye fits the term quite well. This is a colossal new band called Serpentine Dominion.

Extracting talents from the legendary Black Dahlia Murder, Killswitch Engage and Cannibal Corpse, Serpentine Dominion instantly clicks off the safety. My advice is to grab your meat cleavers because the special for tonight is body parts.

Despite releasing their debut just recently the idea for Serpentine Dominion isn’t a new one; it was hatched in 2009 by Killswitch guitarist and oddball, Adam Dutkiewicz. A fan of the legendary death metal act, Cannibal Corpse, Dutkiewicz had written songs specifically for the band’s frontman George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher. While on tour together, Dutkiewicz approached Corpsegrinder with the idea to collaborate. Although this may seem like a bizarre unification, it works and when you factor in Black Dahlia Murder’s Shannon Lucas, Serpentine Dominion holds a stacked deck of perfect of metal macabre.

With expectations high, I can honestly tell you this album does not disappoint. Track one plays an important role for this album. This soothing intro acts as a warning of sorts as it signifies your final opportunity to remove yourself from the horror on deck.

After the intro recedes into the shadows, ‘The Vengeance in Me’ comes on like a medieval scalping with a rusty knife. It completely blows the doors off as Dutkiewicz begins the onslaught with some wired guitar work. The distinct, abysmal vocals of Corpsegrinder enter swiftly, and Lucas drops a warhead on his drum kit making for some seriously brutal metal.

Track three, ‘Vanquished Unto Thee’ puts the experimentation on display. This is the first track that implements clean vocalizations by Dutkiewicz, which complements Corpsegrinder’s death growls nicely. Two minutes into this track, Dutkiewicz rips a shredding solo and then all hell breaks loose.

The Serpentine Dominion maiden voyage is a cataclysmic wrath of destruction. Saying this makes me think I sound repetitive, but this whole album kills. Though I only covered a couple of my favorites, this isn’t an album where you skip songs; every track is great. My personal favorites are; ‘Divide, Conquer, Burn, & Destroy’ and ‘Jagged Cross Legions’.

Listen, however badass you think this record could be it’s way more badass than that. I’ve never steered my fellow metalheads down the wrong path, and I’m not gonna start now. If you like hard hitting, adrenaline fueled metal then get this album, you’re going love it. 9/10


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