Serpentine Path
Serpentine Path


2.5
average

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
November 29th, 2012 | 14 replies | 984 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s honestly no need to fuss.

So called supergroups have become a common factor in the metal community. More often and not the concept of band member “A” working with band member “B” helped out by this other guy from…. Well, you can see where this is going. Basically when members from already well received groups come together to make an album it’s supposed to be a culmination that blows their original works out of the water. Unfortunately for Serpentine Path their debut affair falls short of making any real ground. Sure, the album is listenable enough but it fails to make an impression on the listener who wanted Serpentine Path to be so much more than it actually is. Featuring members from Unearthly Trance, Electric Wizard and Ramesses there was a fair, and somewhat warranted amount of hype involved with this release.

Although the record fails to make a lasting impression on the listener, the album itself has everything in the right places including track titles (‘Crotalus Horridus Horridus’, ‘Bats Amongst Heathens’, ‘Only a Monolith Remains’) which help represent the albums overall atmosphere and mood . The music is interesting enough at the time and this sludge filled, slightly doom-y record allows for the listener to have a little space for thought without being enveloped in sludge madness. With eight tracks the album just passes the forty-minute mark. Long enough to provide a decent listen ensuring that fans of the members will at least get a fair share whilst short enough to ensure the listener is maintained throughout. As with Serpentine Path’s other bands the music draws inspiration from each group respectively and puts each technique, sound or style to use. However by the time the listener has completed the album tracks fail to stand out even with a repeated listen.

As said before, and much of a down point of the album is it’s too ‘samey’ soundscapes. The band draws on the trialed and moderately successful soundscapes of their other acts and puts them to use here over and over again. The distorted guitars are fuzzy throughout and provide limited ideas in the way of a melodic line. Serpentine Path use riff after riff tied in with consistently tempo-d drum passages which for the most part are unwavering in their technique. Even the vocal phrasing is even, this as well doesn’t help in terms of providing a contrast to engage the listeners’’ attention in a prolonged manner. Audio samples come and go but even they don’t do too much to add to Serpentine Path’s overall quality. Production also plays a role in seeing this stay readily borderline average. Some things are actually better under a crusty production process that focuses on a rawer black metal sound (a type of raw bleakness that can be found when listening to any Thou record).

Overall for an album that could have been so much more, Serpentine Path fails to show this so called ‘super-group’ of metal-ers at their highest level, the album is far from horrendous but it is as equally as far from perfect. By the records end the album sounds diluted yet still very much the same. For fans of the member’s other groups there will be something here to please but for the casual listener who knows better this will be listenable but will ultimately fall short. There is a sense of culmination however and the record should not be considered a failed attempt to capitalize solely on the prestige of Serpentine Path’s lineup.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



6735 Comments


This could've been so much more.

FrozenVain
November 29th 2012



2263 Comments


Don't really enjoy this type of metal anyway so I wouldn't know.

Good review pos!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



6735 Comments


Eh touch and go.

CaptainDooRight
November 29th 2012



26467 Comments


so she's weak 'eh, well you explained urself well pras, pos'd

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



6735 Comments


You heard this yet captain?

CaptainDooRight
November 29th 2012



26467 Comments


nope not yet bro, is it worth it?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



6735 Comments


Nah, man not really - stick to the already established acts.

CaptainDooRight
November 29th 2012



26467 Comments


haha, koo

ShadowRemains
November 29th 2012



19442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this is ok but nothing really more

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



6735 Comments


yeah this is ok but nothing really more

That's really the feeling I got from it. Nothing here to impress, just here because...




pedro70512
November 30th 2012



1861 Comments


another good review, man. I feel like I've read the line "fails to make a lasting impression" a few times in your reviews though. besides that, you describe the overall feeling well and take a couple much-needed shots at the abundance of not-so-super-groups these days. pos.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6735 Comments


Which other reviews did I use that in, sorry when I do reviews in the same genre things crossover a little.

MichaelSnoxall
November 30th 2012



12163 Comments


Cool, was waiting for a review of this. Good alb, but nothing special.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6735 Comments


Waiting, how long?



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