Monday, 14 October 2019

Holy Serpent - ENDLESS (Album Review)

Release date: October 18th 2019. Label: RidingEasy Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Endless – Tracklisting

1.Lord Deceptor 06:47
2.Into the Fire
3.Daughter of the Light
4.Hourglass 05:26
5.For No One 07:44
6.Marijuana Trench


Scott Penberthy - Guitar/Vocals
Nick Donoughue - Guitar
Dave Bartlett - Bass
Lance Leembrugen - Drums


Endless is the 3rd album from Australian Heavy Psych Rockers Holy Serpent and sees the band continue their partnership with RidingEasy Records. This album continues where their 2016 effort TEMPLES left off but with more emphasis on progression and storytelling. The album has a more Doom orientated sound perhaps influenced by Uncle Acid in places.

However the Stoner Rock grooves allow Holy Serpent to create a richer and heavier style of music. The album opens with the excellent sounding – Lord Deceptor – which captures the seedy 70s Doom Rock environment surprisingly well with elements of Occult Rock spliced with epic amounts of Fuzz Rock. The vocals are rooted in 70s Hard Rock and offer the band a more vintage feel compared to their previous albums.

Second song – Into The Fire – opens with a more powerful Sludge Rock sound and it’s a welcome change with the band becoming that little bit more dangerous and edgier as well. The riffs are plentiful and powerful with Holy Serpent biding their time in playing their trademark Psychedelic Stoner Rock vibes. The song is more progressive than you initially would expect and allows Holy Serpent to experiment with their music. The vocals feel distant in places but have an emotional core to them that I didn’t expect. The lyrics are superb and give this song and perhaps bring the album truly to life.

Third song – Daughter Of The Light – is perhaps the gloomiest and doom based offering on the album as the whole environment becomes bleaker as a result. The dark vocals have a sinister to feel to them but it’s the music that impresses the most. As Holy Serpent bring a more subtle feeling to their hybrid Psych/Fuzz/Stoner/Doom Rock sound. One of the standout songs on the album.

Fourth song – Hourglass – is a love letter to the classic 70s Doom Rock/Metal scene as Holy Serpent play some epic Black Sabbath riffs on the album and leave you with wanting more with moments of modern sounding Fuzz Rock grooves being added for dark and twisted measure.

The remaining 2 songs – For No One and Marijuana Trench – have a more Stoner Rock approach with the Heavy Psychedelic sound still being the main driving force for Holy Serpent to build their music from. Marijuana Trench is the best song on the album and it’s a great song to end the album with.

Endless is a fantastic sounding album and everything sounds perfectly creepy from start to finish. This is perhaps Holy Serpent’s best sounding and most mature album to date. If you’re new to the world of Holy Serpent then this album is the best place to start. If you’re a long time fan of the band then you’re going to love it like I did.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Dave at US/THEM PR for the promo. Endless will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via RidingEasy Records from October 18th 2019.