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Review: Serpent - Art of War
Art of War

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 14:37
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 23, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Art of War

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

Serpent is a band from Sweden that plays what sounds like an hybrid of Thrash and Death Metal. Don't worry, we are light years away from the now-overcrowded Gothenburg sound. ;) Fourteen and a half minute is not much to form an opinion, but if this demo is a shape of things to come, this is a band whose development will be worth following. The demo starts with a very short intro that is simply an extract of some military marching band type of thing. It ends a bit abruptly and then things get serious.

Judging by the cover and the song names, Serpent seem to focus on war-related topics, with song names such as "Art of War" and "Panzar" (I'm not sure if they meant "Panzer" here.) The music and vocals fit this well, the vocals being a very tolerable low growl, most of the time clear enough to make out most of the lyrics. The music itself, as stated previously, is a mix of Thrash and Death Metal, sometimes reminding me of such bands as Vader and The Chasm. Their sound is less "overloaded" and played a bit slower than most Death Metal. The guitar riffs definitely get most of their inspiration from Death Metal, while the guitar solos - thankfully made predominant and not buried by the other instruments - are more into the Thrash and Heavy Metal tradition. There may be only 14 minutes of this stuff here, but it's 14 minutes of incessant headbanging. Now imagine a full-length album with the same type of material. Hopefully that's in the works. I strongly recommend checking these guys out.

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