Released: 2001, Independent
Reviewer: Michael De Los Muertos
In March of this year I reviewed the previous disc by Colorado’s up-and-coming Serberus, called IN ETERNITY. It was a pretty good effort, and I predicted this band would improve with future releases. Let me just take this opportunity to be immodest and say that it feels very good to be proven right. The mini-album OUR DYING GRACE is a marked improvement for this band, which now rightfully deserves to be called excellent, and certainly worthy of a contract with a metal label that will put some elbow grease behind them.
OUR DYING GRACE arrived in my mailbox completely unsolicited and without any correspondence at all. Perhaps the boys are saving on postal and printing costs, or perhaps they feel they need no introduction! That may be presumptuous at this point, but OUR DYING GRACE certainly does speak for itself. This is death metal but with a lot of black and even some thrash elements. The one thing I liked about Serberus before, the fact that their songs, although punishing and fairly brutal, are also melodic, remains true on this new effort. Try out track three, “Dark Dream.” Raging blast beats and guitars tighter and thicker than Grandma’s girdle dissect several melody lines nicely complemented with the black-style vocals of Dave Otero, which are greatly improved over IN ETERNITY. It’s probably the best track on this mini-album (and not just because it ends with the sound of a medieval battle appropriately suited for a power metal album), but the others are excellent too. Another quibble I had last time – the production – is also noticeably better on the second voyage. In fact, the production here is crystal clear and truly brings out the heaviness of this band. Did these guys make a checklist from my last review or what?
I can find very little to criticize about OUR DYING GRACE. This is still a new band and they have a little growing to do, but I would say the world is their oyster, and if they stick around long enough to develop the mature, polished edge of veteran metal bands we truly love, Serberus may have quite a future. You should get this album. Contact http://www.serberus.com
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