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Serpentis - "Left Hand Path" (Demo)

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"Left Hand Path" track listing:

1. Serpent of the Darkest Flame
2. Defiance Induced Chaos
3. Faithless Eternal Night
4. Impact of the Infected Son
5. Enshrined in Darkness

Reviewed by on March 17, 2010

"'Left Hand Path' is a great first effort from a band that is determined to become as infamous as their hero Varg Vikerenes; without the murder, of course. "

The first demo from NOLA (New Orleans) black metallers Serpentis is a good showcase of the band’s love for traditional black metal from influences like Burzum with hints of hard rock and blues.

Guitarists Tormentor and Impurator do great traditional black metal riffing, quickly strumming their guitars to the melody of each song. The work in the breakdown of “Defiance Induced Chaos” was very powerful and aggressive. At the end of “Faithless Eternal Night,” Tormentor plays a great riff, but it’s hard to hear being overshadowed by the other instruments. It would be great to see the guitar brought out and embellished more.

Vocalist Usurper growls furiously throughout the demo. A good example of his prowess is evident in the more aggressive song “Impact of the Infected Son.” Although he doesn’t sing as powerfully as he can in the live shows, Usurper has a promising talent. Drummer Will Gray is always impressive and does not disappoint here either. From traditional black metal drumming on “Faithless Eternal Night” to marching drums on “Defiance Induced Chaos,” Will can play any style very well. I especially liked his beats in the almost bluesy “Serpent of the Darkest Flame.”

“Left Hand Path” is a great first effort from a band that is determined to become as infamous as their hero Varg Vikerenes; without the murder, of course.

Highs: Very good trad black metal with other elements to deepen the sound.

Lows: Not as much exploration with guitar and vocals as they could have done.

Bottom line: One of the best demos I've heard. Dark, agressive black metal.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)