Lord Impaler is a melodic black metal band from Greece that has recently released a special anniversary EP containing demos from 1991, 2001, and 2005 with a new coat of re-recorded paint. Serpent Seal follows several demos, splits, and a full length album. This is the first time I’ve heard of the band, but I’m sure it isn’t going to be the last after hearing this.
Serpent Seal starts off with simplistic guitar riffs providing a heavy energy not heard in most black metal I’ve listened to as of late. The drums are tight and energetic as well, with a slight punch right at the end. The vocals and guitars sync well with one another, demonstrating the melodic characteristic given to the band. “Dying” is a great introductory track featuring a small taste of what Lord Impaler was many years ago.
“Final Gates” is the longest track of the EP, demonstrating the more well known black metal sound. The guitars are simply mesmerizing, coasting from deeply menacing to an eery haunting. Again, the guitars and vocals are the main attraction, with the drums providing a solid rhythm in the background and a bass presence that is noticeable throughout but on an inconsistent basis. Although repetitive in a lot of regards, “Final Gates” somehow stays interesting as it progresses.
“Travel Through Abyss” hails from the same demo as “Final Gates”, so they sound more tied together when compared to other tracks.
“Admire The Cosmos Black” finishes the EP off with a more crazed, diabolical approach. Another favorite for sure, due to the vast difference from the previous songs.
Although Serpent Seal is a collection of previous tracks, it provides great examples of what the band has done over the years. Lord Impaler are in the process of following this up with their second full length album and I’m honestly pretty stoked to hear it when it gets closer to the release date. If you like some melodic black metal, definitely check this release as well as the band’s previous releases.