|Review: Blood of Serpents - Sulphur Sovereign|
Label: Non Serviam Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Something kept bugging me (in a good way) while listening to this album and eventually it just hit me: Marduk. Sulphur Sovereign sounds a lot like some late '90s, early 2000s Marduk, at least on the faster songs (which are predominant here). Blood of Serpents play insanely fast while maintaining some sense of order, so there's a lot to digest over several listens. Where they put their own mark on Marduk's classic sound is when they step a little away from the speedy onslaught and thrown in more melody, sometimes in a fast song and without slowing down and sometimes in slower, more laid-back numbers that are serious attention catchers as they are quite a break in the middle of the speedfest. They make the whole thing gel together very well and, while the album is not the most original out there, it does call for repeat plays. If you like fast Swedish black metal à la Marduk, this one is a no-brainer.
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