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Agathodaimon - Serpent's Embrace (7/10) - Germany - 2004

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 48:27
Band homepage: Agathodaimon


  1. Cellos For The Insatiable
  2. Serpent's Embrace
  3. Light Reborn
  4. Faded Years
  5. Solitude
  6. Limbs Of A Stare
  7. The Darkness Inside
  8. Bitter End
  9. Feelings
Agathodaimon - Serpent's Embrace

This was always the one band that I hated with a passion. The compositions on the first album were a complete mess and they never intrigued me. Well, the guys have managed to come up with a fourth CD and all I have to say once I pressed play is.what the fuck!? This is the craziest thing I have heard in a long time. “Cellos For The Insatiable“ is Black Metal with huge amounts of Prog tossed in. The drums are tight and technical and performed in a progressive manor. The keys are not played with elegance or romantic like on most Goth/Black CDs. It's more in a 70's vein. Am I going nuts here or what?


The vocals remain packed with screams from the beyond. The guitars have a lot of staccato riffs in there, but they are crunchy as hell and are heavy too boot. The title track has a SOILWORK vibe thanks to the ivory keys. The drum work is more mid paced as opposed to being performed at blast beat speed. This remains to be an intriguing tune. The band still has me hooked in. We now go from two songs of up beats and up tempos to a more sluggish vibe. We now have entered the more traditional BM scene. “Light Reborn“ starts out pretty much in slow motion, but gradually moves into blast beats and the growly throat that is inaudible, yet freakish comes into play here, but they go back to their slow ways and the track looses momentum as far as I am concerned. The clean voice of reason makes an appearance with “Faded Years.“ The composition is yet another one filled with competence and intelligence. The guitar solo here is slick and refined. This one is more up beat than “Light“, but without getting ridiculous.


Industrial like beats and atmospheres interfere on “Solitude“ make it yet another interesting track. I know what many of you are saying, where's the sensuous female vocals? Well, after five tracks you get it with “Limbs Of A Stare.“ The voice is pretty and somewhat intoxicating, but it doesn't move you. Some of you may like it, but most may be bored by it. And no. there is no mixing it up with male guttural vocals. All the way through this CD, you are guaranteed no less than all nine of the tracks being filled with intelligent, intriguing and very experimental compositions. For some, this CD will turn you off because it's not straight up cold BM from Norway, but for others this new release filled with many dimensions and textures will not only find it alluring, but addicting as well. I am very sick of the BM movement, but with this release I can at least hang in there and listen to what is going to happen next. Each track had me guessing when are the old school beats and riffs gonna kick in and to be honest, they hardly do and I like that. Hails to being very daring. (Online October 18, 2004)

Joe Florez

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