SERPENTINE - Circle Of Knives

AOR Heaven 2015

"Circle Of Knives" is album number three of Welsh band lead by Gareth David Noon (key) and Chris Gould (g). Despite some line-up-changes SERPENTINE deliver their best record so far in many respects (songwriting, sound, arrangements), which in addition to that offers the hardest parts of the band's history.

Recorded at Gary Hughes' (TEN) studio, the sound is noble and almost majestic. New frontman Adam Payne (TIDAL), who occasionally sounds like Hughes himself, is also able to provide almost metal-like vocals when it comes to lower pitch ("Season Of The Witch") or extremely emotional parts ("Bleed") when the songs require him to. Gould on guitar, too, delivers breathtaking and variable work.

The epic touch to the material, which is more or less present all the time, seems not to be artificial at any given time. Therefore listeners can find lots of details which make the album enjoyable on a long-term basis. Melodic rock with a huge amount of AOR as well as some screaming metal guitars and pompous keyboards all over the place.

SERPENTINE can do and magnificently manage to walk on many different grounds.

Excellent album!







Release: 20-04-2015
Origin: Iceland
Length: 43:04

This album was continuous playing the last month, both at home and in the car. After this continuing rotation a good and fair judgement can be made.

At first I was surprised and impressed by this atmospheric progressive and avant-garde combination of black metal, post (black) metal or even gothic if you like. Before I continue, the band comes from Iceland and “Kyrr” is their second album, since their start in 2010. Inspiration is taken from the continuous developing land mates Solstafir and the other expiring and experimenting former black metal giant Enslaved.

To continue the review during the many listening sessions I could hear later Moonspell and Tiamat gothic touched influences. Post rock and post metal like later Anathema and also Code crossed my road during the many driving hours.

After my long journey I also start to hesitate and wonder more and more; the first impression was fading out and my interest was lacking to listen to songs like “Lone” and “In Shallow Seas”. Not of the fact that they are missing quality, but more of lacking extra layers, that keep the music continuous interesting and eager to listen to.

So before I continue to summarize the end, the above reflections lead to an average rating.

An interesting and open minded way of black metal, but enough for a continuous fascination?! Take your time…





Release: 26-01-2015
Origin:   United Kingdom
Length:    40:03

Easter! Time to find and crack the egg! This one already dropped down for a while and wasn’t discovered earlier. Ethereal is the band and found inside.

First time laid at 2002 in Liverpool United Kingdom. At 2005 and 2011 two little small eggs were thrown out before finally in 2015 the first full born posterity saw the day of light.

To crack their musical style, inside the egg is symphonic black metal! A melodic, impressive and interesting combination of Scandinavian black metal with lots of modern and well produced traces. Both Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth have left their main genetic trademarks, while Ethereal have added their very small and sophisticated recognizable genetic chromosomes. Inside the scale Grief Of Emerald’s intensity combined with lots of musical manifestations by both keys and vocals, creating an insane and at the same time intense musical atmosphere, that needs your full attention. Added to this the powerfull and fine production, done at the Hertz Studios in Poland and well fried is your ham and eggs.

Around 40 minutes of dwelling, haunting and looking for all the (r)ecognition is not enough and therefor Ethereal have delivered a very heavy opus to guide you through your egg-quest many times. Nothing extraordinary, but every time the inside sounds delicious.

Break the egg personally, when melodic black metal is your bunny! (R)eggomended!!




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