Serocs
The Phobos / Deimos Suite


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (276 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2018 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Serocs provide one of the year’s seminal death metal records.

Death metal has certainly had a rough, if not controversial 2018. Obscura, Horrendous, Beyond Creation, Alkaloid, Aborted and Deicide becomes the quick mentions of contentious technicality and verbose brutality. But it’s the band’s outside of the ‘bigger’ names (Rivers of Nihil, Letters From The Colony) that have marked the year’s most arguable, fruitful and detrimental to the brand of overly expressive, technically based progressive death, filled with all sorts of copycat, self indulgence and that ever dubious sax…

If that wasn’t at all hard enough to digest, there’s Serocs. A death metal act that works beyond the reach of the mainstream radar allows itself a certain level of quiet anonymity (because we all know death metal is known for its quietness…). With an artwork that slightly suggests that a melted face is imminent, The Phobos / Deimos Suite somewhat shuns the plaguing self-indulgence that has swept over the more progressive/technical acts of the genre and replaces it with a thick, technically sound display of furore and aggression.

With a sound suited better to the cavernous depths of unyielding darkness, rather than the sterile, somewhat surgical precision of some of the acts mentioned above. Serocs build on some incredibly strong foundations to bring you the slab of tech death 2018 needs. Even as The Phobos / Deimos Suite takes a figurative dig into the realms of furore and brutality there’s the very essence of technical songwriting. Typically, The Phobos / Deimos Suite achieves entry with a stereotypical show of force. “Being” crashes Sonic boundaries al a drum fills and blasting riffs as Laurent Bellemare’s gutteral roar accents the very meaning of the band’s hyperbolic sonic hell. It’s a business as usual soundscape, but done with a detail that would see Seroc’s newest compositions see prolific depths when compared to the genre’s heavyweights. Light neoclassical themes run through the likes of “Lethe” adding light contrast to an otherwise seamless wall of beautifully incoherent distortion, growls and a ruinous bass section. But it’s the very trademarks of the genre done well that make Seroc’s 2018 musical invasion worth the listen.

For forty six blistering minutes, Serocs make the listener feel at home in their own cavernous hell. The noteworthy legacy of death metal may continue to overlook the likes of The Phobos / Deimos Suite but the underdog status suits this band to a “t”. For those who find themselves missing something in the precision, honed or well stated paradigmatic displays (or even the trend following found within some of the year’s ‘better publicised’ albums), Serocs has the potential to fill the bits between soul and mind, adding marrow to the bone.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not too many ratings on Sput for these guys.

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Papa Universe
November 2nd 2018


21574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, it's decent

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Ninjahague
November 2nd 2018


1279 Comments


holy hell that artwork is dope, gotta check this now

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, I wouldn’t mind hanging that and similar around the house

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


16048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is my Serocs review ;) The album is a treat even for non-death metal fans, I'm not one myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It definitely melts face like the cover aptly indicates.

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devilsrider
November 2nd 2018


23 Comments


ayyy I recognize that art. Nicola Samori : )

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


16048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shiet, it's the same guy that painted Behemoth's last album cover!

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Name does look pretty familiar now you mentions it

clavier
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2018


877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

all I can say is that Laurent is a very cool guy

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SomeGuyDude
November 3rd 2018


374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fell in love with this album solely thanks to the art and was really hoping it'd live up to that. It did. I fucking adore this one. Great review.

Anthracks
November 3rd 2018


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

goes hard

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see you guys getting (very) into this.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2018


11704 Comments


That album art is both awesome and oddly hilarious, will checkerooni, although I'm not sure how much I'm going to dig it if it's another tech prog death Thingie, those are hit and miss for me.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Less prog, more tech, less noodle, more devo. more or less

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2018


11704 Comments


Haha, well in that case...

Anthracks
November 4th 2018


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"less noodle, more devo."



don't agree with this at all- not that it's particularly noodly but it's definitely not devo

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure you got the meaning? Is it my Aussie accent?

TheNotrap
November 7th 2018


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys have a cool early 00’s vibe..Cryptopsy comes to mind

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2018


9608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who’s checked that new Cryptopsy?

TheNotrap
November 8th 2018


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Flo is all over the place, as expected. It's solid.



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