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Entombed: Serpent Saints

Galloping gazillions of gopher guts, Gorgon, Entombed is back with a new record and eager to nibble on your little earhole until it bleeds daylight. Opening with the brilliant and blazing titular cut and closing with the equally important "The Ten Commandments," Sweden's death 'n' roll dudes never relent across the 41 minutes of mayhem that comprise this crypt-tight blast of brutality. But more than inspiring alliteration from the fingers and minds of rock scribes, it'll cause you to raise your fist and yell. Check out "Amok," "The Dead, The Dying And The Dying To Be Dead" for more. Summer's here and the serpents of satanic majesty are waiting to celebrate with you, Sparky.

Track Listing
1. Serpent Saints
2. Masters Of Death
3. Thy Kingdom Coma
4. Amok
5. Warfare Plague Famine Death
6. In The Blood
7. The Dead, The Dying And The Dying To Be Dead
8. Ministry
9. When In Sodom
10. The Ten Commandments

Added: June 21st 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Entombed Website
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Language: english

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Entombed: Serpent Saints
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-06-21 09:46:20
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The mighty Swedish death metal gods Entombed with another platter of extreme mayhem called Serpent Saints. While their output has been rather sporadic the last decade, Serpent Saints show these veterans still adept at their craft, as this cooker contains such bludgeoning death 'n' roll tracks as "Thy Kingdom Coma", "When in Sodom", "The Dead, The Dying and the Dying to Be Dead" (gotta love that title!), and the rampaging title piece. Many of the tunes have a sludge ridden quality to them, eschewing the speed that many of the Swedish death metal bands usually employ, replacing it with a grinding, doom laden quality that Celtic Frost also seem to be using these days. Check out "In the Blood" for a perfect example of this style. When they do decide to blast into hyperdrive, as on "Ministry", expect something along the lines of what the Polish giants Vader crank out these days.

Beefy guitar riffs, gruff yet understandable vocal growls, pounding drums, and blasphemous lyrics...all your basic ingredients to a solid Entombed release. Serpent Saints, the band's ninth release, was worth the wait. It's not going to break any new ground, but did we really expect it to?

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