Serpent Lord - Apocrypha

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1/4/2022

Band: Serpent Lord
Title: Apocrypha
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: From The Vaults
Release Date: 17 December 2021

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Tracklist:
1. The Final Horseman
2. Divine Plane
3. Hail To Nothingness
4. Love Covenant
5. Inner Darkness
6. Damned To Live
7. Evil Source
8. Humanity's End
9. Cursed Roots

Lineup:
Konstantinos Sotirelis: Bass, Back vocals
Marios Arikas: Vocals
Giorgos Terzitanos: Guitars, Back Vocals
Lazaros Bouroutzoglou: Guitars

Serpent Lord (Gr) return three years after their debut album 'Towards The Damned' with their occult heavy metal and if you listen to their new work 'Apocrypha', you can't help but think of British esotericist Aleister Crowley and like him, Serpent Lord's music is enigmatic and puzzling, deep and penetrating in its intrinsic being.
"Apocrypha" offers interesting instrumental aspects that with a strong doom imprint complete with the esoteric theme the band manages to weave, an album full of details with many facets, providing very tasty hints.
After the intro of "The Final Horsemen" we find ourselves in front of the explosive "Divine Plane" which contains a guitar that drifts towards Black Death Metal and a vocal that stands out, the finale of this piece, which goes from slow to epic is an added value that further enriches this composition.
As I said at the beginning, Serpent Lord managed to weave nuances in all the tracks, but the best ones are the growl in the chorus of "Inner Darkness" and the vocal break, acoustic guitar. The vocals in 'The Final Horseman' and 'Damned To Live' are the album's strongest point, "Love Covenant" is more vocal-centred, with a musicality oscillating between vocals in a harmonic whole, that's what I like about "Apocrypha", the harmoniousness in a deep and darker heavy metal music with the basic concept of occultism, mysticism, demons and rituals, with extreme influences.
Remarkable is the track "Humanity's End", where the slow and Doom-like alternation meets fast riffs, the high note that gives way to the last riff, manages to break the composition with a sharp break. What can I say about the excellent drumming work in the closing track "Cursed Roots", a soaring cadence and processing of the first minutes of the song.
"Apocrypha" is indeed an interesting album with a prominent personality to which the band manages to give an original imprint.


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