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Review: Serpent - Dominator

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 9:23
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black/Thrash

Review online: September 9, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

This band sure knows how to torture me. I was hoping for a full-length after their -short- demo "Art of War", and now I get this 3-tracker that totals 9:23 - even shorter! ARGH! Oh well, can't have everything! :)

The low-growl vocals are complemented by a massive guitar fest, sometimes just simple fast riffage but more often than not going into much more intricate playing. Think a mix of melodic death with a Black Metal atmosphere with some guitar solos reminescent of traditional heavy metal, and you're pretty close to the state of things on Dominator. The sound is a bit muffled at times, which I would guess can be attributed to a modest recording budget... And that's probably the only complaint, other than the short length.

Serpent still show some very good potential and hopefully they'll soon have a proper release to unleash upon the masses. Just like its predecessor, this is worth checking out.

Too short to rate, so no rating. ;)

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