Serpent Eater are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of black, sludge, death metal, crust and hardcore and this is a review of their 2019 album "Vanitas" which was released by Wooaaargh.
Black metal screams start off the album along with the slow and heavy riffs also mixing in elements of sludge and doom metal. Death metal growls are also added into some parts of the music while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody at times and when the music speeds up tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the guitar leads also being done in a very melodic style. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording.
Influences of crust and hardcore are also added into some parts of the music as well as some of the riffing also adding in touches of black'n'roll along with the two closing tracks being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover psychic deformation, despair and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Serpent Eater and if you are a fan of black, sludge, death metal, crust and hardcore, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Echo Chamber" "Hypnos" and "Lurking Fear". 8 out of 10.
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