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Review: Serpent Skies - A Claim to Reality
Serpent Skies
A Claim to Reality

Label: Sliptrick Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 46:59
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 11, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
A Claim to Reality

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Swedish Death Metal, in its melodic, Gothenburg glory, has been a concept unto itself for at least a couple of decades with bands like At The Gates, In Flames, Dissection and others being the true pioneers of that particular sound. Regardless of whether this is something in the Swedish people's blood or not there's no denying the Swedish melodic Death Metal scene has had a huge impact on Metal and has influenced hundreds of bands.

One of the many more recent fruits to spring from this scene is this quintet from Gävle, Sweden, named Serpent Skies. They stick to their Swedish roots and doing it very well. The musicianship is on a splendid level and these young Swedes sound darn good. It's almost amusing how utterly Swedish they manage to sound on their debut album A Claim to Reality.

Fortunately they aren't a carbon copy of any other Swedish bands but have tried to incorporate something of their own into their songs. They are actually a bit more melodic than most of the Swedish Melodic Death Metal bands from the '90s. Add some melancholic, later-era Sentenced rocking vibe as well as a small dose of Dissection's Reinkaos record and voila! you have pretty good idea of Serpent Skies sound. They are definitely good at what they do even if that means re-circulating some old ideas within their melodic Death Metal sound.

A Claim to Reality is absolutely worth checking out unless you grown totally bored with the whole '90s Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene.

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