Serpent Ascending
The Enigma Unsettled


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (25 Reviews)
October 14th, 2011 | 31 replies | 4,487 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid like a certain appendage after looking through some Holly Peers pictures.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Serpent Ascending's The Enigma Unsettled is a finely hidden gem within the 2011 metal scene, adding yet another chapter to the fabled Finnish death metal division. Essentially combining elements of Depravity's Silence of the Centuries and at other locations slowing down to the murky depths of Slugathor and Stench of Decay, The Enigma Unsettled is very much a conglomerate of the sounds of this particularly rotten death metal scene and a pleasant surprise for the weary and uncompromising heeder.

Thrashy and at times infusing sinister melodies, solo act Jarno Nurmi's guitar work is exemplary throughout the album, going from trampling up-tempo riff fests to plodding, grungy doom with relative ease. Similarly, his drum and cymbal display is adequate and pummeling in it's delivery and, during some sections, the bass shines through as well, for example on the third track, "The Human Ladders". Possibly the most clear element of the music is his barreling and trudging growl, combining the styles of Rami Jämsä (Convulse) and Jarkko Rantanen (Adramelech), and which is set up at the forefront of the production and intimidates at every turn. He adds in a bit of a puking, shredded tone into the grunt at times, which increases the diversity without changing pitch much, as if he is having hydrochloric acid, like that time you accidentally spilled it in your classroom and burnt a hole through the desk, poured down his throat or having just one too many drinks the previous night and kneeling in front of the ***ter, groaning after throwing up the past fourteen times.

Grumbling his way through the album, Nurmi proficiently displays the traits that make his country's death metal among the top scenes in the world for malodorous musicianship, when it appears the album may be softening up just a tad, it sinks back into the realms of describing whats on the album cover (Quoting Vesper: "It looks like one of those weird slide puzzles except Satan style") in a not-so-watered down fashion. Production brings out the music effectively, adding just the right amount of clarity while maintaining the old school fuzziness and edge that purists desire and enough to keep them crawling back for more.

The Enigma Unsettled should give Finnish death fans something to cheer about, combining several aforementioned techniques of other successful bands within the scene and adding a touch of originality to avoid falling into the depths of repetitiveness. Personally, I look forward to hearing more from Jarno in the future, because he certainly has something going here. If those of you who wondered what it might have been like for Depravity to release a full length, this album may just give a glimpse into just that proposition.



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ShadowRemains
October 14th 2011



19423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jump on it

ffs
October 14th 2011



4668 Comments


cool band name

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2011



17319 Comments


Rules pos'd

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

combustion07
October 14th 2011



5303 Comments


Will be getting this, good review dude.

ShadowRemains
October 14th 2011



19423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers

Carnifex
October 14th 2011



1918 Comments


checking this now

combustion07
October 14th 2011



5303 Comments


The label these guys are on has the coolest logo I've seen in my life. Also Saturnal is an awesome track.

bloozclooz
October 15th 2011



1770 Comments


sounds good, might have to go look it up. good review and all

Relinquished
October 15th 2011



22298 Comments


nice analogy in the summary bro haha

FatChickIrl
October 15th 2011



4096 Comments


Solid like a certain appendage after looking through some Holly Peers pictures
Rofl insta pos

seedofnothing
October 15th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic review pos

I like how everything was too the point, as well as avoiding rants(which by the way, is the number one reason I can't read some reviews all the way through)

loved the flow

and yes Saturnal is delicious and I already have the album on my mp3 and will be enjoying it over the weekend as this is right up my alley

ShadowRemains
October 15th 2011



19423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx everybody

nice analogy in the summary bro haha


knew you'd catch on to that one lol

Killerhit
October 15th 2011



4433 Comments


Excellent review as usual

But nothing tops your Focus.

rasputin
October 15th 2011



14504 Comments


have this but haven't listened yet

BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2011



44164 Comments


Nice review, never heard of band but review, band name, album name, artwork, song titles have my name written all over this.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011



17319 Comments


Yep you'll dig this i think.

BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2011



44164 Comments


Undutably.

Piglet
October 15th 2011



4644 Comments


Indubitably.

i'm just fuckin lol'd at the profile pic for this band. it's like a waterfall. except hair.
hairerfall.

TheSpirit
October 15th 2011



16657 Comments


nice will check out

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

Ignimbrite
October 15th 2011



5226 Comments


this looks pretty m/, will get.



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