SHRINE OF THE SERPENT / BLACK URN

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SHRINE OF THE SERPENT / BLACK URN – „S/T”
12”LP SPLIT
Godz Ov War Productions

Shrine of the Serpent hailing from Portland, Oregon, consisting of members of Aldebaran/ Tenspeed Warlock, Uzala and Lung Molde , Shrine of the Serpent is Todd Janeczek-guitar/ vocals, Chuck Watkins- drums, Adam De Prez- bass.Shrine of the Serpent describe themselves as Doom/Death Metal, but from what I can tell they are at least three-quarters doom metal. And not just lowercase boring ol’ doom metal, but huge, loud, earth-splitting DOOM FUCKING METAL. On top of the foundation of doom they have indeed built some structures familiar from death metal – deep, growling vocals that sound exactly like some thing from a crypt and some occasional deathly riffing and drumming.For the most part though, Shrine of the Serpent are delivering a drug that hits the doom, rather than death, centers of the metal brain. And they do it very, very well. The riffs are winding, off-kilter, very long affairs that take ages to get back to their own starting points; but they are also unfailingly well-made and catchy.You should have guessed by now that two songs on Shrine of the Serpent part of the split is devastatingly heavy. The riffs in ” Desicrated Tomb” and „Catacombs of Flesh” literally crush the listener to small pieces and, not surprisingly, are the key element in songwriting.

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Black Urn is 5-piece band played a highly original type of Doom/Death.Completely raging sludge-doom is on the cards here and is done with so much authority,fuzzy down-tuned doom tinged thrashy sludge riffs, wild drumming and tortured screams is generally how it all goes.Black Urn pounds out slow, head-drooping tunes very much in the style of sludge/doom titans Zoroaster, but with just a little bit more rock and roll and a bit less oppressive drone. This is sort of a middle territory of sludge/doom, deeply rooted in the American origins of the genre (though with definite throwbacks to Black Sabbath), with elements of such found in sudden bursts into frantic soloing over speedy, crashing drumming and riffing like about two thirds through „My Strength Is Within Heavenless Plains” but also close to the more extreme reaches of the genre in its burly by-way-of-Crowbar vocals and more insistent, chugging riffs. While the tempo makes occasional shifts upward, it’s typically behemoth like in its delivery, with big, thundering steps communicated through crashing tom fills and massively sustained power chords with a guitar tone clearly clawed out of ancient, cracked-cased amplifiers and an infatuation for the oldest of oldschool.
The part of the split occupied by Black Urn is only one original piece mentioned above „My Strength Is Within Heavenless Plains”,the second song „Junkhead” is a cover of totally unknown to me AIC he he.

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SHRINE OF THE SERPENT:

https://shrineoftheserpent.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ShrineoftheSerpent?fref=ts

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BLACK URN:

https://blackurn.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/blackurn

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http://godzovwar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GodzOvWar/

https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/