Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Review: Serpentine Dominion 'Serpentine Dominion'

Serpentine Dominion are a supergroup made up of George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) on vocals, Adam D (Killswitch Engage) on guitars, bass and backing vocals and Shannon Lucas (ex-Black Dahlia Murder) on drums. Sounds killer on paper, right? Most supergroups do, though most strive desperately to be more than the sum of their parts and ultimately end up with quite the drab, uninspired effort, Serpentine Dominion embraces the talent from it's core members and brings it together into a focussed, determined and heavier than a really heavy metal thing debut.

Ultimately it's a death metal album with a few dollops of metal core and melodic death metal on the side. Now the thought of Corpsegrinder singing over anything other than a Cannibal Corpse track may put some people off but Adam D has done a fantastic job of the guitar work here and the vocals work incredibly well over it.

Drawing comparisons to other death metal bands is a bit of a fruitless effort here, since the band is made up of members of other metal bands and this is reflected in the nine songs on display here, albeit slightly heavier than Adam D's main musical output. Given the pedigree of the members of Serpentine Dominion, the production value and songwriting are of the highest quality. 

Where the album fails to impress is in the clean vocal sections, added seemingly into the background under Corpsegrinder's characteristically brutal delivery. This however is purely down to personal taste, fans of Cannibal Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage should all lap this up. Those unfamiliar with the vocal stylings of Corpsegrinder may find his aforementioned vocal delivery a little hard to take in at first, but this album could serve as a perfect introduction to Cannibal Corpse.

This is an album that absolutely does not fail to live up to the potential of the artists involved in it's creation. It's this reviewers opinion that you buy it, play it loud, peel open a tin of your preferred alcoholic beverage and discuss within your friendship group the merits of listening to 'Hammer Smashed Face' on repeat for the past twenty-three years.

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