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In The Company Of Serpents
Merging The Light
Released: 2015, Indie
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
Recently, local Denver group In The Company of Serpents have been getting a ton of well-deserved national attention, and it’s about time. This doom duo have always come up with brilliant riffs and written excellent music, and they released a strong self-titled full album in 2012, and another in 2013, OF THE FLOCK. However, neither compare to the epic heaviness of their latest release, MERGING IN LIGHT, which came out last month. The album is available on vinyl and also as a free, name-your-price bandcamp download, and if you haven’t checked it out already, it is well worth it.
Although the album is only three tracks long, and they all clock in at between four and ten minutes, making this qualify as a full-length release. The second track, “Third Mind,” has one of the heaviest riffs I’ve heard that is quite reminiscent of High on Fire or Black Sabbath themselves, in a very good way. The songs on this album seem so specially crafted that it would be completely unnecessary to include a fourth track on the record. The album is free online, and the vinyl version that is $20 is beautiful and completely worth it if you dig vinyl; it is pressed on a white record with indentations of the band’s signature Leviathan’s cross and snake symbol.
This record will strongly appeal to anyone into straightforward yet crushing doom. If you are one of those who can’t stand slow music, then skip this one, but doom tends to be a pretty popular genre, and if you love music reminiscent of Black Sabbath and other classics, you should definitely add this to your collection.
1. Breed, Consume, Die
2. Third Mind
3. A Union of Opposites
Grant Netzorg (vocals, guitar), Joseph Weller-Meyer (drums)
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