Serpent Cult "Trident Nor Fire" CDPosted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 @ 8:53am » permalink
"Trident Nor Fire" is the rather unique debut EP from Belgium's Serpent Cult (released by I Hate), and this shit is heavy. I'm talking just ridiculously dense, churning, downtuned riffs galore gelling together with plodding pulses of bass and thundering percussion – all alongside great (and wholly unexpected) female vocals that only add to the band's atypical stance within this particular realm of metal. It's slow, but not too slow. Sludgy, but not too sludgy. So, yeah… it basically rules. The sheer fury and mass of some of the rhythms actually reminds me of the mighty Crowbar to some degree, but with more of a doomy sort of "contemporary Sabbath" thing going on. Hell, they close with a cover of Uriah Heep's "Rainbow Demon", so that sort of gives you an idea of where some of their influences are coming from, but… rest assured the end result's definitely 1,000 times more crushing! And unlike many bands that operate within a similar musical space, Serpent Cult actually keeps things reigned in as far as song length, which is great. No track hits five minutes, so rather than beating you over the head and dragging the slow, pounding scenarios on and on and on, they take care of business and pack it in – thus leaving you wanting more! The recording's a touch on the muddy side, but it's probably intentional (Or perhaps unavoidable!) considering how fucking thick, nasty, and powerful these riffs are. And shit, it certainly doesn't matter, because it sounds pretty fuckin' great! Absolutely fucking awesome artwork as well. That shit caught my eye right off the bat. Very cool.
If you like what you hear, pick this shit up and revel in the power of the riff: