Distributor/label: Satanath Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.satanath.com/
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.discogs.com/sell/item/241717871
Band Website: http://www.discogs.com/sell/item/241717871
Jafar – Bass
Mephistophel – Drums
Vlad – Vocals, Guitars
Gormoth Iscariot – Guitars
1. The Fiery Winds of Armageddon
2. The Great Leader
3. The Devastated Heavens
4. The Massacre in God’s Kingdom
5. The Satan’s Supremacy
6. The Picture of the Great Apocalypse
7. The Last Angel
8. The Mockery of Dead Angel’s Bodies
9. The Tears of God
10. The Last Angel (Bonus)
There’s plenty of Europe whose black metal scenes I have yet to look into, and I can’t name that many bands from the land of Bulgaria. So Serpentine Creation was my introduction to the scene of a nation I know next to nothing about, apart from its involvement with the Eastern Bloc and has had its fair share of political and social disputes which I think inspired this band from Sofia to write such satanic, apocalyptic songs.
Misanthropy and the idea of impending doom for all humans is very common in black metal so THE FIERY WINDS OF ARMAGEDDON is no exception. It opens with tremolos and solos and screeches that’ll remind you of all darkened metal nihilism you’ve heard before from Norwegian outfits and other European masters of hate. ‘The Great Leader’ and ‘Devastated Heavens’ create that strange atmosphere of anger and raspy resentment that only black metal is known to achieve.
As it progresses you’ll find songs arranged in similar forms to Vreid and the vocals begin to remind you of Ihsahn if he squealed every now and again. I can see the band are versatile in their wide range of musicianship because there are several songs that are short like ‘The Mockery of Dead Angel’s Bodies’ being only 2 minutes. This goes to show that you don’t need to have long songs to wow your fans.
I felt this album showcased the band as one who have their concept and themes all set out and will make a noise that will impress people across many borders so I think we’ll be hearing a lot more of Serpentine Creation in the near future.
Review by Demitri Levantis