Serpent Noir
Erotomysticism


4.5
superb

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
January 22nd, 2016 | 26 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Veritable Red Dragon is rising.

Erotomysticism has a lot of the same demented, magical chemistry with me that Cultes Des Ghoules did with Henbane, just not in the exact same way. Henbane stoked the flames of 80s first wave black metal with a distinctly ritualized delivery that was all their own. Serpent Noir, by contrast, run away with this approach to a degree (particularly the ritual aspects) but with an even more distinct result. For one, they straddle the line with death and doom metal a bit more, and this thing truly oozes the occult. In fact, Erotomysticism often feels like a ritual rather than just a metal album. There always seemed to be something drifting on the outside fringes of a track that calls to mind images of black magic or ancient texts read by candlelight. Thumping riffs and mid paced rhythms are the vessels that carry these haunting melodies to the fruition required to achieve this effect. Strange, distant chants often give the impression of a track being more a hymn than an actual song. It’s evident from the interviews done with the band to the music itself that Serpent Noir have given themselves over entirely to the idea of making true conceptual occult black metal. And for what it’s worth, it pays off.

Serpent Noir don’t really feel the need to speed through their songs. Sure, they have their blazing moments, but much of the album is a slow burning affair. They often seem to favor slow tempos and doomy riffs over thundering tremolos. “Desert of Azazel”, for instance, is a riff fest sure to please anyone looking for something a bit more orthodox. Furthermore, several tracks (see “Ayahuasca” and “The Initiatrice of A’arab Zaraq”) are given over primarily to engulfing ambiance. It doesn’t feel like they need to be speed demons anyway, considering how well these slower guitar passages suit their ritual tendencies. In any case, Erotomysticism moves along just fine as the ominous, chilling extreme metal it is.

If their music bleeds the occult, then delving into their lyrics and background themes somehow uncovers an even deeper vein in all things involving the Left Hand Path. The name itself (originally Dragon Noir) is related to the Dragon Rouge, an order revolving around the occult. Curiously enough, its founder, Thomas Karlsson, wrote all the lyrics for Erotomysticism. Reading interviews with the band, you can see just how deeply they take these matters to heart. Frankly, it’s off putting to see them take it so seriously, but the results are worth it. Erotomysticism is a mystical whirlwind of blackened extreme metal married to dense occult atmospheres. It’s not for everyone, just like the people who made it, but it’s an engrossing and impressionable experience nonetheless.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2016


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Stream: https://daemonworship.bandcamp.com/album/erotomysticism

hal1ax
January 21st 2016


11677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wooo album rules

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2016


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yea i get that. Did a little research into karlsson and it was certainly interesting.

Mystletainn
January 21st 2016


4050 Comments


Sick album and great review

Hawks
January 21st 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok yeah I need to jam this now.

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yea hawks u gotta jam this

Essence
January 22nd 2016


6235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll have to jam this again, it didn't blow me away when i heard it last time

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On it right now. m/

Essence
January 22nd 2016


6235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if anything i care for this less the second time around :[

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm about halfway through and I dig it, but it's not sounding anywhere near a 4.5 for me. Probably gonna be a 3.5.

Mystletainn
January 22nd 2016


4050 Comments


It's because you guys don't believe in cthulhu

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn.... :[



Seriously though this is pretty sweet, but it's not blowing me away at all.

Essence
January 22nd 2016


6235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah agreed

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's def some unique shit though.

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I plan on listening more to see if it grows.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Idk, i just found the occult themes really fascinating and it was a bit of a grower for me

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


2989 Comments


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Hawks
January 22nd 2016


62244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11585 Comments


Awesome review mate, really well written, definitely got me intrigued about this album.

"a bit less unorthodox" - double negatives seem a bit unnecessary when you could just say 'a bit more orthodox' instead but it's no biggie.



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BandNewbac
January 22nd 2016


2442 Comments


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