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Review: Serpent - Beneath The Forest Of The Dead
Beneath The Forest Of The Dead

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 10:10
Tracks: 3
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Beneath The Forest Of The Dead

Rated 2.2/5 (44%) (5 Votes)

I want to make one thing very clear: Serpent are an awesome band, there is no question about that, but they are seriously starting to piss me off. This band has been around for about 6 years now, and they have pretty much been releasing a demo a year ever since their inception, so this is their sixth 'release', but they have yet to record a full-length album. At this point I have to assume they aren't really trying to get signed, because almost any band could get signed after this period of time, Nazi bands can get signed faster than this. Serpent are too good to be unsigned by anything except design. If they were in the US I might believe it, but they are in fucking Sweden, there's just no excuse for this kind of teasing bullshit.

This is yet another good-but-too-short Serpent disc. The titular track is awesome, one of their best works in point of fact, but the other two songs are so-so, and the recording on those two is inexplicably inferior. The title song is very cool, but this is a lot of packaging for essentially one good song. This comes in a DVD case with some really, really badass cover art and a bonus DVD. The DVD contains some music videos, which are okay, if nothing amazing. The 'bonus' material is a bunch of clips by some escape artist who calls himself "The Dark Master" but looks more like "Gamer Dork In Leather Outfits". He does a bunch of mostly low-budget escape stunts which don't really look very dangerous. Some of the stuff he does looks cool, but mostly he seems to lack any sense of showmanship and as such even his better escapes aren't very interesting. I can tell he's aiming for a kind of 'Jackass Houdini' vibe, but his act needs work. Mostly he's notable for playing Serpent's music at his shows, so I guess he gives them some publicity, which they would need if they ever had any intention of putting out a disc longer than 15 minutes, which they plainly do not.

Serpent rule, but putting out a double-disc CD/DVD when you haven't even released a proper album is just silly, and I am getting tired of their constant short-stroking. I want a real album next time guys. Period.

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