SERPENT OBSCENE - same - NECROPOLIS
While every other label out there is either signing wimpy K&F bands or the refuse of other labels, Necropolis is discovering and signing real underground talent. Here is another great find. Based out of the same Stockholm suburb as Desultory, SO go for the jugular plain and simple. Other poser bands are drowning in their own faecal matter ie keyboards, female vocals, bounce pajama rock or other conformist detritus; suddenly along comes a band like this Swedish quintet to lay one heavy riff after the other with such ease that to the untrained ear it might seem like second nature. I mean this band throws one heavy riff after the other incessantly. With an appropriate emphasis for speed, tracks like Serpent Prophecy and Rapid Fire sound like the child of early Hypocrisy and The Crown. Having said that, the band should incorporate some tasteful leads into its offering as well. The production here emphasizes the drums a little more than the average Swedish product, which is normally guitar-oriented, but that's simply a function of Berno Studio where the likes of Seance have visited in the past. If speedeath is a pedigree, Serpent Obscene are its master breeders. - Ali "The Metallian"
SERPENT OBSCENE - DEVASTATION - BLACK LODGE
The same label that issued the latest Merciless album has now sent us the new album of Serpent Obscene and, much like their label-mates, it is a back-to-the-roots thrashy onslaught. In fact, this album arrives at Metallian Towers on the heels of similarly venerable albums by Swedish bands Bestial Mockery and Deathwitch.
Devastation is actually over two years old, but presumably due to the struggle of the band's previous label Necropolis Records, it has seen release in 2003. Regardless, and as mentioned, this is vintage thrash reminiscent of old Kreator, Tyson Dogs, Protector and Poison. The band has a pure-metal image, vicious attitude and with songs like Chaos Reign Supreme, Beyond Recognition and Torture Slave an appropriate attitude. - Ali "The Metallian"