For a band that has been around
for twenty-two years, Marduk has managed to pull themselves a twelfth album
that will keep them active for the upcoming years. In their most recent
album, Serpent Sermon, they certainly have not lost their appeal in
constructing these 11 misanthropic tracks.
The album kicks off with
beastly sermons and diabolical grumbles by Mortuus. Chaotic and hellish
angst that envelops the ears, truly. Midway through, one can hear the
wide-range of his flashy and impressive grunts, which are perhaps even more
varied in this when compared to their 2 previous albums, Wormwood and Rom
5:12 - where he also took charge of the vocals. This album proves him to be
the least stagnant indeed and suffice to say, the most favorable singer out
of all the vocalists Marduk has ever had.
Serpent Sermon has a clear
production on par with Wormwood, yet the quality may remain a peculiar thing to
some people; It's the digital age, yet it's not over-polished. To the highest
degree it is quite consistent with some agonizingly slow parts - as is the
definite case in the song, "M.A.M.M.O.N.". It is an album that a black metal fan
has heard before. Not a necessity but it's enough to satisfy one's cravings for
some hint of true black metal (although, I can't help but hear a compounding
similarity of the bands, Deathspell Omega and Carpathian Forest lurking around
the whole album). By all odds, I have to say the craftiest songs would have to
be: Serpent Sermon, Messianic Pestilence, Hail Mary and Gospel of the Worm.