W.T.C. PRODUCTIONS is proud to present SERPENT NOIR's highly anticipated third album, Death Clan OD.
One of modern black metal's best-kept secrets, SERPENT NOIR have been a study in patience and perseverence. Forming in 2006 in Athens, Greece, over the next number of years, the trio would steadily release an EP, album, and split through the well-respected Daemon Worship label, slowly finessing a refreshing take on the orthodox black metal idiom. However, it was 2015's Erotomysticism whereby SERPENT NOIR would truly hit their stride. Largely sticking to a stark mid-tempo, as perhaps presaged by the alluring title itself, Erotomysticism luxuriously 'n' languorously resided in an ever-unique swamp that was sulfurously bewitching - and was quite simply without peer.
Now, striding forth from the waking-dream ether, SERPENT NOIR emerge once again with a challenging new configuration bearing the ominous title Death Clan OD. An iron-fisted expression of their past, present, and future, here with Death Clan OD does SERPENT NOIR create a poignant panorama of scintillating death energies, ranging the rich history of black metal in addition to the darkest expanses of traditional heavy metal. It's a taut 'n' strident 37 minutes, feeling far vaster than that succinct runtime suggests, as each of the album's seven component tracks wind and wend down shadowy paths and serpentine sensations. And despite this seemingly more traditional integration of classic heavy metal tropes, let it be known that Death Clan OD is a heavily occult-infused work; while the occult has always provided a deeply entrenched foundation for SERPENT NOIR, on this new album are they graced with lyrics entirely written by esteemed occult author Thomas Karlsson, who also provides haunting guest vocals on the record's climactic closer "GOEH RA REAH: Garm Unchained." Altogether, this spirit of collaboration and exploration make Death Clan OD the most fully realized SERPENT NOIR work to date, dedicated as it is to the Knighthood of OD.
The shadow side dawns, with ever-illuminating rays piercing outward. Receive thy clandestine communion and join SERPENT NOIR's Death Clan OD!
released February 7, 2020
Serpent Noir is:
Y.K.: Rhythm and lead guitars, chants
K.K.: Lead vocals, chants
C.L: Lead guitars
JK: Bass guitars
G. C: Drums, percussion
All music by Y.K, all lyrics by Thomas Kar!sson.
Vocals on GOEH RA REAH: Garm Unchained by Thomas Kar!sson
recorded at Dragon Rouge UR Stoa Temple, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sound engineered by Johannes Kvarnbrink.
Death Clan OD recorded, mixed and mastered at IGNITE STUDIOS,
Peristeri, Greece by George Christoforidis and Serpent Noir.
Artwork and Layout by LGN.
Death Clan OD is dedicated to the Knighthood of O D.
Deathspell Omega has been lauded for what seems like ages now however I didn't personally listen to them much at all until after this release, instead preferring to stick to more traditional "orthodox" BM..
Long story short I'm forever grateful to our Dark Lord that I decided to expand my horizons because this as well as every other album in DSO's catalog is an absolute masterpiece and every fan of extreme metal music(not just Black Metal) owes it to themselves to check them out.
The Furnaces of Palingenesia is stunningly innovative how it transforms what appears to be harsh disconnected noise into melodic beauty through weaving indecipherable and indistinguishable dissonant threads together into a tapestry of melodic perfection that checks all the right boxes and can only be described as art. Consequently, you'll discover that every subsequent listen will unearth new layers that you seemingly didn't hear before.
For the best experience, listen alone in a dark room with headphones (preferably light up a fat blunt) and give yourself up wholly to the music. Let the deeply malignant and yet blessedly euphoric aura of dissonance overtake your pathetic soul.
Blessed is he that murders Christ in himself and in his fellow man.
Amen. Matthew Kokinda