Serpent's Lair are a band from Denmark that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very heavy, fast and aggressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Circumambulating The Stillborn" which was released as a joint effort between Fallen Empire Records, Hellthrasher Productions and Duplicate Records.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some melodic Gregorian chants and after the intro the music starts getting more heavy going for a more modern black metal style that also uses melodic riffs and leads at times and when the music speeds up it goes for more of a raw style of the genre.
A great amount of blast beats can be heard in the faster sections of the music while the vocals are high pitched and hateful yet grim black metal screams and you can also hear all of the musical instruments on the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the vocals also bring in a small amount of grim melodies at times and there is also a great amount of talent and skill throughout the recording without losing any of the raw aggression and heaviness of the genre and the vocals also bring in deep growls at times and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and they also bring short instrumental before closing the album with another vocal track.
Serpent's Lair show a great amount of progress on this recording creating an album that is purely black metal while also being very heavy, raw and aggressive and they also mix some progressive and technical parts into the chaos to create a very high quality album that will take the genre to new levels, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Serpent's Lair and if you are a fan of dissonant, kaleidoscopic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Epistomogy Of Death" and "Devouring Wrathe". 8 out of 10.