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Serpentine Path
Emanations
June 2014
Released: 2014, Relapse Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Like a blackened, evil phoenix rising from the ashes of the well-regarded Unearthly Trance, New Jersey’s Serpentine Path bulled their way into the top ranks of the doom/death genre with 2012’s self-titled debut. The band is now back a mere year and a half later with album number two, the arcanely-titled EMANATIONS. As a side note, the band is now two-for-two with awesome album covers.



Those familiar with the sounds of doom/death will be right at home with Serpentine Path’s music. The band is a pure example of what the genre has to offer, with pummeling, trundling songs that are as thunderous as they are depressive. The band has a little mercy for newcomers though, as the first two songs on the album are short, sub-five minute tasters of the rest of the album. That’s not to say they are poor songs – not at all – but they only hint at the majestic thunder of the later tracks like “Disfigured Colossus” and “Torment”.



All is not perfect, however, as some songs have riffs that can’t quite support the ponderous structures (“Claws”), and Ryan Lipynsky’s vocals are a standard death growl without variation which can become grating after a while. Make no mistake; this is demanding music that requires multiple listens to fully sink in but in the end, it is largely worth it.



Doom/death has become something of an overcrowded field in the last few years, but quality bands are always appreciated. Serpentine Path is one such band, and definitely worth checking out for genre fans.
Track Listing

1) Essence of Heresy
2) House of Worship
3) Treacherous Waters
4) Claws
5) Disfigured Colossus
6) Systematic Extinction
7) Torment

Lineup

Ryan Lipynsky: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Tim Bagshaw: Guitar
Stephen Flam: Guitar
Jay Newman: Bass
Darren Verni: Drums

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Serpentine Path
Emanations
June 2014
Released: 2014, Relapse
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Serpentine Path is a spark in the dark of post-apocalyptic doom metal scene. These Americans are about to release their new sophomore doom metal sonic behemoth, EMANATIONS. The album dredges forth the band's most demoralizing and anguish-filled slow-motion chaos.



Let’s see what EMANATIONS is about. With clattering drums and crackling amplifiers, the quintet wound again and again through one sticky riff, alternately stretching and strengthening it; at one point, a ghoulish choir even harmonized with it. While always an accomplished band, the massive leap in maturity here is nothing short of staggering.The moments of serious neck wrecking (opening of “Essence of Heresy” is irresistible) are both abutted by and layered with a whole heap of other sounds: smatterings of sludge, touches of math in slow version (“Claws”).



BUT, listen to me carefully: This record is not recommended for those who seek for speed guitars and pounding drumming. It’s absolutely for those who can understand how slow the Earth is turning around, for those who find Candlemass very fast band. This is for fans of the likes of Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Saint Vitus, Cough, Hooded Menace, Coffins, Disembowelment. BUT, remember; Serpentine is the guttural and black side of the post-apocalyptic doom metal world.



Their obviously pissed-off approach shreds the apathetic human race and indiscriminately unloads some of the most ravaging and high-paced disharmony one will experience, the high-speed assault only interrupted by brief breakdowns of the most earthmoving breed. Listen carefully to those seven pieces of abyss and you will be excited by its own dynamics. This is a chaotic dark and doom meal album delivered through a sludge metal-designed overload of amplification, EMANATIONS is a prime “disfigured” recording which brings the band's moniker into a frighteningly visceral experience.
Track Listing

1. Essence of Heresy
2. House of Worship
3. Treacherous Waters
4. Claws
5. Disfigured Colossus
6. Systematic Extinction
7. Torment

Lineup

Tim Bagshaw - Guitars
Stephen Flam - Guitars
Jay Newman - Bass
Darren Verni - Drums
Ryan Lipynsky - Vocals

Other reviews

» Serpentine Path
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Emanations
by Waspman

» Emanations
by Helias Papadopoulos


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