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IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS



IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS


"Merging In Light"

By Dr. Abner Mality

A nasty little chunk of brutal sludge here, courtesy of Denver's In The Company of Serpents. There's tons of this kind of stuff floating through the ozone these days, but this is better than most. There's an uncanny amount of swing in these three primitive bruisers that gets you nodding your head, even while the corrosive guitar sound eats a hole in your gut. And believe me, this band is HEAVY. Opener "Breed, Consume, Die" sets the tone with simple, caustic riffing and plenty of that swing I spoke of earlier. Props also to the acid-tongue grumbling of vocalist Grant Netzorg...he's a guy like Dixie Dave from Weedeater who sounds like he chews pumice and washes it down with Everclear.

"Third Mind" is a little more compact and quicker than the first track, while the last lumbering epic "A Union of Opposites" is long, drawn-out and doleful, but still featuring plenty of that coarse guitar.

This serves as a taster for hell to come from In The Company of Serpents. I'm hoping that can keep the quality of this EP intact on any upcoming full-length.