Review: Shrine of the Serpent – S/T

Posted: April 19, 2015 in ALERT: Awesome new music, Demo Review, Reviews
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Portland, Oregon’s wretched death doom horde Shrine of the Serpent have released unto us, the unwitting public, three debut utterances from the void. Thirty minutes of torturous misery awaits you, if you dare….

Opener ‘Nine Gates of Shadow’ preys upon your mind from the start. An ominous hum arises from your speakers, with a low incantation before a devastating riff drops on you like a hammer from hell. This is thunderously heavy, and gives sound to the dreadful end of mankind. This is some serious death/doom here, with the term ‘death’ more appropriate than in most. Most death/doom is slow doom with guttural growls. Shrine of the Serpent have infused their particular brand with the fetid stench of actual death, rather than just utilising it as a vocal style.

Try listening to the tectonic groan of ‘King in Red’ without feeling crushed under the weight of your own pathetic misery. Shrine of the Serpent have absorbed lessons from the greats in order to make this monolithic testament to decay and destruction. There’s dashes of old Paradise Lost and of course, the torturous grind of Winter’s ‘Into Darkness’. ‘Gods of Blight’ ends with a swaying, seasickness inducing groove that inspires slow motion headbanging and knees buckling under the weight of each riff.

Shrine of the Serpent’s riff mangling approximation of death/doom is, quite frankly, brilliant. It is rare that I will go ahead and order  copy of something I’m only haflway through reviewing, but boys you did it. I fucking love this, and you should too.

LISTEN: https://shrineoftheserpent.bandcamp.com/releases
LIKE: https://www.facebook.com/ShrineoftheSerpent
WEB: http://shrineoftheserpent.blogspot.com
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