Serpentine Dominion
Serpentine Dominion


4.0
excellent

Review

by is Wario a libertarian? USER (10 Reviews)
October 28th, 2016 | 200 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finally a supergroup that doesn't disappoint.

Supergroups are a bit of an odd thing in music: on paper they sound incredible, however many fail in execution. When I first heard that legendary death metal vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Killswitch Engage mastermind Adam Dutkiewicz and extremely talented former The Black Dahlia Murder kitman Shannon Lucas were forming a supergroup my interest level was off the charts. To put the cherry and sprinkles on top of the ice cream, the lyrics were penned by Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach. After all those facts I had no doubts the project would be a rousing success, and Serpentine Dominion proved me right.

Serpentine Dominion isn’t really pigeonholed into a specific genre, falling somewhere in between melodic death metal and melodic metalcore. All three members contribute immensely and make their own unique mark on the album. Of course at the forefront are Corpsegrinder’s excellent vocals which really fit in more than I thought they would on the album. Dutkiewicz is the star of the show here as he usually is, his melodic riffs and soloing are addictive and creative. Adam also contributes his signature high screams that contrast well with Corpsegrinder’s low growls, as well as singing a few choruses with his gruff and soulful style. Last but not least is Shannon Lucas’ drumming, which might be the most impressive thing on the whole album. Lucas is extremely talented and plays at breakneck pace, using relentless blast beats that never cease. He has been out of permanent work for far too long since leaving The Black Dahlia Murder and it’s great seeing him back drumming.

If Serpentine Dominion is a few things, it’s heavy as hell and balls to the wall. There are even a few breakdowns here and there, but they are handled tastefully as the technique was intended to be, reminding me of Suffocation. “Divide, Conquer, Burn and Destroy” is the probably the heaviest song on the album ending on one of those aforementioned well done and dense breakdowns which will make you want to mosh alone in your room. Adam D is a guy that really knows how to write an excellent riff that will get stuck in your head for days, combing melodies and absolutely skull crushing riffs. Jesse’s lyrics are impressive tackling his usual themes of corruption and anti-government sentiment and also create some fun lyrical callouts like on “The Vengeance In Me.” The only complaint that can be lodged against this project is that there are only 9 songs, with two being an intro and a prelude, and the run time being a measly 26 minutes. The intro and prelude however aren’t throwaways, they are genuinely excellent acoustic tracks that lead into their respective songs well, even giving off some Opethian vibes.

Serpentine Dominion caters to a wide range of fans from those of Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage and just fans of metal in general. For those who had wished Killswitch Engage had gone in a heavier direction, this album is for you with Adam at the top of his riff writing game. The project was created mainly just for the fun of it and it shines through on this album. You couldn’t have asked for three more talented guys currently working in the metal scene. This is one of the few times of note for me that a supergroup hasn’t disappointed and has in fact rose to the occasion and created an excellent album, we can only hope we will get a sequel sometime.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Futures
October 28th 2016


9079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know another 4.5 but this year is fucking amazing. props to fripp and rowan for the proofread.

Frippertronics
October 28th 2016


10858 Comments


my longest yea boi yet

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SteakByrnes
October 28th 2016


1584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BRUH WHERE DID THIS COME FROM?! I need to listen to this first thing tomorrow goddamn, and pos hard broski

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Futures
October 28th 2016


9079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yes dude. you would love this.

SteakByrnes
October 28th 2016


1584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Adam D writes such tasty riffs, and Corpsegrinder on top of them just sounds too good

ScuroFantasma
October 28th 2016


8995 Comments


Probably your best review yet man, good work. Loved the single and hearing that this is short is actually appealing to me, def going to jam asap.

Edit: fixed


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Futures
October 28th 2016


9079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet fixed. thanks so much dude!

ExhaleTheLight
October 28th 2016


212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Feels more like an EP than a full album. But damn This Endless War is so good.

cryptologous
October 28th 2016


1031 Comments


damn son, no brakes on this train

will check this out later

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MalConstant
October 28th 2016


105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good god, This Endless War is so fucking epic.

tempest--
October 28th 2016


19161 Comments


sounds like Tunaboy metal to me, might give it a miss

botb
October 28th 2016


10656 Comments


The song I heard was pretty cool; will give this a listen but I don't see it being higher than a 3/3.5

Itwasthatwas
October 28th 2016


1318 Comments


This is ok I guess.

If they released this a decade ago as the follow up to AOJB I may have liked it a bit more.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2016


21395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really good album, okay review.

DungeonBoy
October 28th 2016


2292 Comments


That's one weird lineup.

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cryptologous
October 28th 2016


1031 Comments


u are my bro but why is everything you write getting featured so quickly

jac's ulcerate review took like seven months to pop up, what is going on lmao

zaruyache
October 28th 2016


15592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

killswitch and corpsegrinder. This uh, sounds interesting. Gonna check.

Willie
Moderator
October 28th 2016


17053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

I really like this. Not as technical/heavy as the CC stuff, but not as generic as the Killswitch stuff. Still, really good.

TheSpaceMan
October 28th 2016


6939 Comments


awful review doesnt deserve the feature, pos'd

Kris.
October 28th 2016


13640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

woah i need to hear this asap



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