Released: 2014, Relapse
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.