Posts Tagged ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’

The demo of Denmark’s black metal dissonance peddlers Serpent’s Lair, ‘Demo MMXIV’, was very well received in the underground, and here at the Killchain too. Serpent’s Lair have returned with a debut full length, the scathing rage of ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’, out now on Hellthrasher Productions in CD form, and Fallen Empire/Duplicate on vinyl.

After the intro track ‘Epiphaniea’, the winding, almost psychedelic black metal journey of ‘Epistemology of Death’ begins. A raging piece of dissonant black metal, the sheer fury of this blackened torrent is impressive. What works even more convincingly is when Serpent’s Lair slow things down a bit, and the atonal menace really begins to shine through. The title track’s malevolence is stronger during the slower sections, while a bloodgargling vocal brings to mind the scornful power of Watain.

‘Mortui Vivos Docent’ starts with eerie clean guitar, building towards an inevitable explosion of tremolo riffing, furious blasting and a tortured, rasping howl that just screams vintage Deathspell Omega. When the riffs slow, you begin the slow, inexorably descent towards hellfire and brimstone. ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’ is a black metal album full of dark corners and unsettling tones. Serpent’s Lair are a masterful proposition, full of intrigue, menace, and most importantly, damn fine music. Hail to darkness!