"Serpentine Dominion"

By Sgt Deth

This is kind of a wish come true for me. To hear Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse sing with a new band and explore new territory. Not that I am tired of Cannibal Corpse, but after all these years it is cool to hear him doing something different with some other well-known metal gods. He is joined with metal talent such as Adam Dutkiewicz, lead guitarist from Killswitch Engaged, and Shannon Lucas, former Black Dahlia Murder drummer. I love all three bands and this combined band I also enjoy very much. The only complaint I have is that this first release is only 26 minutes long. It leaves me begging for more, but I just keep spinning it over and over. I had to listen to it many times before writing this review as I hear something new almost every time. There are tons of hidden mini riffs and guitar tricks on this one. 

You will hear trademark Killswitch style riffs from Adam as well. Also the dark heavy handed Black Dahlia like drumming from Lucas. But, it goes deeper than that. Little dabs of melody and clean vocals appear here and there which is a nice surprise and makes this a unique offering. One example is the last track, “The Endless War”, which starts out like an old melodic Killswitch tune, then drags its listener through a roller coaster ride of thundering drums paired with a blend of Adam’s clean vocals alongside Corpsegrinder’s evil growls. There is also speedier songs such as “On the Brink Of Devastation” which is a flurry of fast vocals, fast riffs, and even faster drums. I like Corpsegrinder’s lyric “bury the weak, suffer the strong” on that track.

An example of the uniqueness is “Sovereign Hate” which starts out with some melodic instrumental, then blasts in to a fury of blistering drums and vocals that reminds me so much of Cannibal Corpse, but then mixes in some of Adam’s clean vocals. It is surprising how well the clean vocals offset the brutal growls and go together so well. I was simply surprised the first time I heard these two sing together. All in all this band is a metal powerhouse and I hope to hear more from them in the future. Definitely worth checking out for any true metal fan.