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Serpentine Dominion

Posted November 2, 2016 by JJ Ulizio in CD Reviews


George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Adam D, & Shannon Lucas

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Adam D, & Shannon Lucas

 Killswitch Engage and Cannibal Corpse, seems like an odd combination doesn’t it? Well if you answered yes to that, know that I agree with you. Combining the signature skill sets of vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, and drummer Shannon Lucas formerly of The Black Dahlia Murder & All That Remains to form a monster of a melodic death metal band called Serpentine Dominion.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got my copy of the album, and once I loaded it onto my phone for repeated listening I discovered that I was in for a treat. The album starts off with an intro track that has melodic clean guitars building into heavy and epic  leads before rolling into the lead track “The Vengeance in Me”.

Serpentine Dominion

Serpentine Dominion

 Grindy, thrashy guitars, machine gun blasting drums, and vocals reminiscent of a growling demon spawn in a style true to Corpsegrinder. These songs thrash along speed driven guitar riffs and blast beats in a fashion similar to Cannibal Corpse before unexpectedly giving way to a burst of melody with guitar riffs signature of guitarist Adam D.. Completing the melodic feel and grooves are the clean vocals by Adam backing and driving the songs forward and setting them apart from a sea of talented death metal bands that can sometimes tend to blur together.

This is a fantastic album that seamlessly blends the musical influences and styles of its members, truly the sum of its parts. I would recommend fans of any of the involved musicians or fans of death metal in general. The album is out now on Metal Blade records and available at all the usual outlets for music. You can order your copy here.

My favorite track from the album

 Lead track from the album

About the Author

JJ Ulizio
JJ Ulizio

JJ has been a contributing writer and huge asset to Empire and Empire Extreme since the very begining. He is always digging for new bands and has a true heart and desire to see the bands grow and succeed.


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