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Serpentine Path "Emanations" - Album Review

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With time being ever more precious here in the realm of Eminent Silence, opportunities to post are coming few and far between.  If ever an excuse was needed to break this trend then the latest release from death/doom titans Serpentine Path is most definitely it.

"Emanations" was released today and after an agonising wait for a  release to follow up 2012's excellent self titled debut, proof that good things come to those who wait is very much evident.  It's a monolithic slab of crushing doom riffs and well paced death metal.  The size of the sound of the riffs on tracks like (album opener) "Essence of Heresy" and "Systemic Extinction" is mind boggling.  The addition of a second guitarist is a definite step in the right direction.  Yet, somehow the wall of riffs never gets overwhelming, it all appears to be well balanced and put together in a very mature and sensible manner.

The whole album feels like there is a serious agenda going on with lyrics o…