CD Reviews

Serpentine Path – Emanations

Serpentine Path are back with their 2nd full length,Emanations, set to be released on Relapse Records. I was quite impressed with Serpentine Path’s debut album, and was anxious to hear the bands newest offering. If you are not familiar, Serpentine Path (who formed from the ashes of Unearthly Trance) are a doom-laden heavy riff monster laced with an old school death metal undertone akin to Incantation.

Emanations pretty much follows along those same lines. Serpentine Path continue to impress with their soul crushing heaviness – sometimes I’m taken aback with how visceral and heavy this band sound. Emanations also brings about a stoner influence I really didn’t hear much of on their first outing similar to doom/stoner gods Electric Wizard. Serpentine Path flirt with a fine line between doom, old school death metal, and a bit of stoner rock vibe which creates a very interesting and unique mix. The lyrical content remains as scathing and hopeless as the listening experience leaves us.

While I miss a little more of the death metal influence their initial offering oozed, Emanations is a nice progression forward and I’m sure the band will continue to churn out earth shattering apocalyptic doom.

SCORE – 7 out of 10

serpentine-path-emanationsALBUM INFO

Track Listing:
1 Essense of Heresy
2 House of Worship
3 Treacherous Waters
4 Claws
5 Disfigured Colossus
6 Systematic Extinction
7 Torment

Record Label:
Relapse Records

Release Date:
23rd May 2014

About the author

Thomas Haywood Jr.

Thomas Haywood Jr. owner of Redefining Darkness Records and Seeing Red Records is an American, multi-instrumentalist, musician who's musical resume includes Abigail Williams (Candlelight Records), Born of Fire (Roadrunner Records), System Divide (Metal Blade Records), Aborted (Century Media Records), as well as a slew of various musical projects with signed and unsigned talent alike.

Thomas is a 2004 graduate of Musicians Institute's PIT (Percussion Institute of Technology) program in Los Angeles, and taught percussion for 8 years at a local music collective in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2009, Thomas started a program called For Those About to Rock, designed to teach students how to interact with one another in a classroom type environment, which is still operating today.

In addition, Thomas worked as a live sound engineer at the infamous, now defunct, Peabody's Downunder (Cleveland, OH) from 2009-2011. Always busy and keeping a proverbial "foot in the door" when it comes to the music business, Thomas is always looking to the next thing and has an array of projects in the works, soon to be released upon the masses.

"Music is passion; passion is life." -Thomas Haywood Jr.