Crown of Serpents - EP of the month
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CROWN OF SERPENTS EP (2018) BY ANDY THORLEY
“I Endure” has an opening riff that a) is made for headbanging to and b) renders anything on the awful new Machine Head record as pointless as you thought it was, and the closing “What Binds Us” – another live favorite – is faster, more outright metal, maybe, but also perhaps it is the sound of a band that is absolutely content with its lot.
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Crown of Serpents - David Steed Reviews, midlands metalheads
Putting the groove into groove metal, opening track Black Sun Rising sets the scene nicely. The riff instantly sets a heavy swing rhythm that is bound to set heads banging when performed live. But things really get going with Five Year Winter, a blistering track which uses brief moments of harmonised guitar riffs in a thick, sludgy soundscape with a chorus clearly written for audience interaction. The vocals of Dave Horan sound like a cross between Phil Anselmo (Pantera) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), delivering both menace and melody in an infectious manner. His standout moment is on lead single and title track, Crown of Serpents.
Crown of Serpents 7/10
Hailing from Dudley in the West Midlands, Eyes Of The Raven deal in swaggering stoner metal, with a strong emphasis on the metal. Formed in 2009 and fuelled almost exclusively on a diet of beer, “Crown of Serpents” forms the quintet’s first release since 2016’s “Seasons End”.
Opener “Black Sun Rising” is the shortest offering on the EP, clocking in at less than four minutes and neatly encapsulates exactly what can be expected from the band, groove-filled riffs, plenty of low-end and Dave Horan’s gravelly vocals delivering the lyrics with perfect clarity.
“Five Year Winter” is a bit of a romper, with some great drum-work and subtle lead guitar just past the midpoint, with a ripping solo towards the intense conclusion of the track. “Embrace the Void” features a beast of an opening riff and some glorious stomp n’ roll, with the vocals evoking memories of Pantera.
The title track opens with clean guitar and spoken word vocals and is a slow-builder, with the clean vocals following offering more than a trace of an American accent. This track clocks in at nearly six minutes and slows things down a touch, but seems a little incongruous given the heft of the material that surrounds it.
“I Endure” contains a heavy dose of chug and hits its stride at the midpoint before concluding in suitably weighty fashion. EP closer “What Binds Us” revisits the more melodic vocals, which at times bear more than a passing similarity to Corey Taylor. The guitar lines are also more melodic than anything else aside from the title track, but carry the listener along to the fist-pumping ending.
Overall, the six tracks that comprise this EP are well-written and well-executed and recorded in such a way that every element of the band is audible, although the drums could occasionally do with a bit more punch in the mix, but this could just be personal taste. There’s nothing really new on offer here, but Eyes Of The Raven aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they do what they have to do with ability and conviction.
If you have time for the likes of Down, Pantera, Floodgate and Kilgore, you could do a lot worse than to pick up a copy of this upon release. Solid stuff.
Review Score – 7/10
Review by Dave P
‘Crown Of Serpents’ EP Review - Sonic Abuse 9/10
Overall ‘crown of serpents’ is a phenomenal relaunch for Eyes of the Raven. Brilliantly diverse across its six-track run time, well-packaged and well-produced, it captures the band’s power and, more crucially, their heart, with more melodic numbers such as the title track and the closing number, ‘what binds us’, showcasing a band unafraid to dip their toes into uncharted waters. Highly recommended, ‘Crown of serpents’ looks set to open many doors for Eyes of the Raven. 9
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