Title: The Besieged SanctumLabel: Vault Of Dried Bones
from the depths of Russia ‘Serpentrance’ formed back in
2014. Original pressing for ‘The Besieged Sanctum’
was limited to a handful of cassette copies, but after
several years since its original release, the bands debut EP
is now finally available to the wider metal masses.
the most part this mini album is a hulking mass of doom /
black metal worship with slow, grinding riffs laying down
the murky foundations. Although only 5 tracks in
length, the Russian metallers stretch out the compositions
to a somewhat tedious total of 31 minutes (it felt a lot
longer). Although geared towards my taste in the
darker side of metal, ‘The Besieged Sanctum’ did very
little to grab my attention. Unintentionally, I began
switching off about half way through the EP and found it
difficult to get past the dense incomprehensible vocals that
unfortunately engulf the instrumental section. There
is very little on offer in terms of originality and the
trance like hypnotic riffs are simply not catchy enough
(take a lesson from Drudkh). The faster more black
metal orientated sections were also lack-lustre and generic
to say the least.
Sorry, but this doesn’t get the horns up from me and will go down as one of the more forgettable releases this year.
Review by: Rob Herald
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