Serpent Eater are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of black metal, sludge, crust and hardcore and this is a review of their album "Hyena" which was released by Alerta Antifacista Records.
"Ebola" which is also the first song on the album opens up with heavy and melodic guitar and bass riffs along with drums and deep death metal growls as well as a small amount of black metal screams and the song also alternates between mid paced and slow parts.
"Last Cold Word" begins with black metal style guitar riffs before adding in drums, bass guitars and high pitched screams and after awhile the music goes into a faster direction along with a mixture of growls and screams before slowing down again and adding some melody to t he guitar riffing and towards the end there is a brief use of blast beats.
"In The Wall" starts up with melodic guitar riffs before adding in screams, bass guitars heavier guitar riffs and drums and a minute later growls are thrown into the music and as time goes on by the music gets a little bit faster along with some blast beats before slowing down again.
"Hyena" opens up with blast beats from the drums, black metal screams and fast guitar riffs as well as some melody and then it slows down and adds in death metal growls which also leads to a brief use of clean playing along with heavy bass guitars before returning to a heavier direction.
"Lietmotif" kicks with some mid paced crust crust guitar and bass riffs along with drums and high pitched screams before adding in some deep growls and halfway through the song the music goes into a faster direction along with some blast beats and then slowing down again.
"Trepanation Nation" which is also the last song begins with heavy black metal guitar riffs before adding in bass, blast beats and high pitched screams and then slowing down and adding in melodic crust elements as well as alternating between fast, mid paced and slow parts.
Song lyrics dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Serpent Eater are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, sludge, crust and hardcore and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Last Cold Word" and "Trepanation Nation". RECOMMENDED BUY.