Impending Doom
The Serpent Servant


3.5
great

Review

by Matt Rounds USER (6 Reviews)
April 4th, 2009 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a sea full of unoriginal bands, Impending Doom has nothing new to offer. They still manage to put out a good sophomore, though.

On September 4, 2007 Impending Doom released their debut album Nailed. Dead. Risen. on Facedown Records, marking their place as one of the most "brutal" Christian bands around. Quite a bit of the feedback the album received was decently good, but many complained the album was too repetitive and boring. Others, such as myself, met somewhere in the middle saying it was a good debut, but after a few listens became a bit boring. So what has changed on the band's sophomore release? Not much.

The Serpent Servant starts off When Waters Run Deep, which morphs in the album-titled in a way that it feels as if both are one song. Both feel pretty slow and chug their way through without changing much, giving the album a slightly unimpressive start. Luckily, the third track, Anything Goes, differs itself from the first two by starting with horror-esque guitars, which are repetivelly used in the tracks that follow, and becomes a much more energetic and interesting song than the first two. The majority of the rest of the album follows in Anything Goes' footsteps with similar chugging and song patterns and only a few major differences.

As far as guitars go, The Serpent Servant follows Nailed. Dead. Risen.'s pattern of chug-chug-chug-breakdown-cool riff-chug. Nothing original or necessarily impressive about the guitars except they do manage to throw in a few more riffs, but the majority of the guitarwork is simple palm-muting. The second half of the album does have a little more variety, though. Besides some few, rare parts; bass is almost non-existent like most of Impending Doom's genre-mates and serves no purpose except for backing up the guitar. Drumming has definitely improved. There's still alot of blast-beats, but the drummer seems to show more variation in his overall playing. Blast beats fit better with the music and other beats are executed very well.

The Serpent Servant still has the blatantly Christian lyrics apparent on Nailed. Dead. Risen., but they seem to be more heart-felt. Some of the more Christian-oriented lyrics are present on tracks such as Beginnings where lyrics such as:
Quote:
I can’t wait till I’m dead only to live again. Where Your glory and I meet. This is where I begin!
The lyrics do stick to the generic "core" theme of fighting against yourself, pursuing through struggles, and questioning the world, but do feel "deeper" than most "core" bands. There's nothing original about the lyrics, but they are still written very well.

The band decides to stick to ever-so-popular breakdown-full song structure trend. Yet, Impending Doom can pull off an excellent breakdown at times. While not every breakdown is excellent, when they pull off a good breakdown the want to headbang engulfs you. This is only made better by some excellent production by As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis. Tim really manages to make this album much more listenable than its predecessor and he helps take away some of the repetitiveness on the album by throwing in some different effects from time to time, which end up helping. This is probably most apparent on tracks such as Revival: America.

Vocals haven't changed much, but they've definitely gotten better. They still are deep, harsh, and repetitive, but there's more of a variety. While the vocals are mainly the deep growls that were on their debut, vocalist Brook Reeves definitely hits more mid-range screams this time around and makes his growls less un-intelligent sounding. It's not a big change, but it does make the album more listenable.

Overall, The Serpent Servant is a solid sophomore album in a genre full of non-original bands. It's not an original album though in the slightest and if you didn't like Nailed. Dead. Risen., you most likely won't like this at all. Still, it's a fun listen and is much better and listenable than their debut.

Recommended Tracks
Anything Goes
Revival: America
In The House Of Mourning



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MattRTS
April 4th 2009


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is more or less a rough draft. Tell me if there are any grammatical errors, awkward moments, etc. and I'll fix them.

CompanionCube
April 4th 2009


977 Comments


its kinda awkward to read, expecially the second paragraph

VIPchaseB
April 4th 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally, a review

thejared
April 4th 2009


211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I at first thought this would suck seeing as I hated nailed.dead.risen but from the start this is definitely ALOT better than their past one .. the vocals have definitely changed and are not that annoying anymore thank God and there is almost a complete lack of the shitty super super low unintelligible screams ... overall at least a 3/5 .. oh and okey review but I agree that its a little hard to read

cvlts
April 4th 2009


8976 Comments


i found there debut to be a 2.5 and this is definately a 3 to me.
good review though, no probs reading it

ziroth
April 5th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, but theres way too much chug-chug breakdown stuff on this album, but its a step up from the debut.This Message Edited On 04.05.09

WARisalliknow91
April 5th 2009


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think that More than conquerors is win.

I agree that this album is nothing new but it is a top album in its genre (Death metal that uses so many breaksdown you wanna punch your friend but don't because thats unneccesary)

Pebster49
April 6th 2009


2993 Comments


This is a lot more enjoyable to listen to there their distored chugfest debut album. Still quite generic, but listenable.

cvlts
April 6th 2009


8976 Comments


big LOL on the peeps rating this a 5

541core
April 8th 2009


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find the vocals to be more bland on this album. If he could mix his old vocals with the new more mid ranged stuff it would be better. I enjoyed it nontheless, and I like the direction. Focusing more on being dark sounding than just brutal.

Shredzilla
April 10th 2009


501 Comments


I've noticed that the vocalist has abandoned the constant incoherent growling. This is a very good sign, seeing that was the reason I absolutely hated this band to begin with. I'm kind of hearing a Meshuggah influence with some of their new material. However, they are still an extremely average Deathcore band, but they are becoming more listenable.

xPoeticxTragedyx
May 11th 2009


5 Comments


i was impressed to learn that impending doom finally started exhaling there lyrics! that bothered me so much it was so unintelligible on the last album they have come a LONG way hopefully they keep on improving

TrojanWhore
May 31st 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More Than Conquerors is insanely good.

Zip
July 17th 2009


5312 Comments


This band sucks so bad.

thebbqshrimp
July 21st 2009


1207 Comments


The music of this band itself is not all THAT bad, but I just cannot STAND all the being beaten-over-the-head-with-Jesus shit. They were headlining a show I went to last month (was there to see Carnifex and Conducting From the Grave) and they literally started playing this voice-over of the bible being read. Needless to say, I left in the middle of their set.

Zip
July 21st 2009


5312 Comments


Well your first mistake was going to see Carnifex

thebbqshrimp
July 21st 2009


1207 Comments


I was primarily there to see Conducting From the Grave. But Carnifex is pretty damn good live.

Zip
July 21st 2009


5312 Comments


Carnifex is actually pretty good period. I just felt like making a stereotypical anti-deathcore remark.

thebbqshrimp
July 21st 2009


1207 Comments


Haha gotcha. Ain't got shit on CFTG, though. Even though no one has heard of them/gives a fuck. EVERYONE. LISTEN TO THEM. NOW.

Zip
July 21st 2009


5312 Comments


doing it now. After about 5 seconds, I am impressed.



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