Saturday, August 3, 2013

Generation Of Vipers/Howl And Filth/Golden Antenna Records/2013 CD Review

  Generation  Of  Vipers  are  a  band  from  Knoxville,  Tennessee  that  plays  progressive  sludge  metal with  elements  of  post  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Howl  And  Filth"  which  was  released  by  Golden  Antenna  Records.

  "Ritual"  starts  off    with  a  heavy  bass  line,  slow  drums,  and  melodic  riffing  before  the  heavy  riffs  and  growls  kick  in  along  with  a  distorted  sounding  guitar  lead  for  awhile  and  then  the  clean  playing  parts  come  into  the  music  before  returning  back  to  the  heavier  elements.

  "Silent  Shroud"  starts  off  with  powerful  drumming  and  heavy  sludge  guitar  riffs  with  the  vocals  making  their  presence  known  shortly  after  that  before  heading  into  melodic  post  hardcore  style  riffing  and  bring  in  some  powerful  bass  playing  before  heading  into a  dark  single  note  doom  metal  riff  and  back  to  the  heavy  power  chords.

  "All  Of  This  Mine"  starts  off  with  a  soft  piano  piece  along  with  some  whispers  and  avant  garde  elements  and  the  song  is  very  short.

  "Eternal"  starts  off  with  a  heavy  doom/sludge  metal  riff  and  powerful  drumming  along  with  some  grim  growls  and  dark  melodies  before  heading  into  post  rock/hardcore  riffing

  "Slow  Burn"  starts  off  with  some  sound  effects,  slow  drum  beats  and  powerful  bass  playing  as  well  as  some  dark  and  soft  growls  which  leads  to  the  heavy  riffing  as  well  as  some  melodic  post  hardcore  guitar  leads  and  then  the  guitars  stop  for  awhile  and  the  bass  guitars  kick  in  with  some  dark  riffing  before  the  return  of  the  heavy  guitars  as  well  as  some  heavy  distorted  reverb  and  the  guitar  leads  return  for  a  few  seconds  with  the  song  closing  with  some  screams  and  heavy  riffs.

  "This  Mortal  Coil"  starts  off  with  some  distorted  effects  and  exotic  clean  playing  before  getting  really  heavy  with  powerful,  drumming,  guitars  and  aggressive  growls  and  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  Neurosis  throughout  the  song  on  the  distorted  parts  which  also  close  the  song.

  Lyrics  on  the  album  cover  pseudo  religious  and  abstract  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album.

  In  my  opinion  Generation  Of  Vipers  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  progressive  sludge  metal  and  post  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  the  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual"  and  "Slow  Burn".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

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