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Review: Verminous Serpent - The Malign Covenant
Verminous Serpent
The Malign Covenant

Label: Amor Fati Productions
Year released: 2023
Duration: 40:15
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 2, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Malign Covenant

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

This didn’t look that exciting, but the presence of Primordial frontman Nemtheanga as bassist/vocalist got my attention, and this disc rewards that attention. Entirely unlike Primordial, this is vicious, sludgy Black Metal that has a more Hellhammer vibe from being riff-driven rather than addicted to the tremolo. This is subterranean, crawling, lightless music with bleak atmosphere and surprisingly catchy songwriting. If you like super-raw Black Metal exclusively, this is going to sound too accessible for you and far too well produced, but if you like shit like Blood of Kingu or Faustcoven, then this is what you want.

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