Monday, April 13, 2015

Album Review: "The Serpent, The Angel, The Adversary" by Sisters Of...

The Serpent, The Angel, The Adversary
Music is a wonderful thing.

It conveys moods. It alleviates or exacerbates moods. Just from the strum of a few chords it can take you back to a place you'v e not visited in many years.

Lately the music we've been seeing on these pages have been of the off the wall variety, and today is no exception.

Genres, subgenres, and or whatever else you'd like to call them can be a very wonderful thing. They can be constraining, demanding, and cause discord among the listeners.

So, it's nice when a band can just make the music they wish to hear without any regard to following the rules of their tribe. Sisters Of... from St. Joseph, MO have chosen to wander off of the beaten path in what could only be described as Experimental Metal.

Sisters Of... (by Claire Perry and lovingly swiped from their Facebook page.
The Serpent, The Angel, The Adversary starts off very, very mellow.

Ringing open chords, female voices sing lovingly.

This introduction to the record is all there to lull the listener into a false sense of security.

When it's least expected, the album switches to crushing metal. The open chords are replaced by an overdriven crescendo of metal.

The vocals switch to shouting growls. The drums pound. The guitars sound like guttural chainsaws looking for a limb to cut.

Following the same path, the open chords and chorus of voices return. Underneath the beautiful chords a bass line that's reminiscent of Planet Caravan languishes in its own beauty.

From time to time atmospheric sounds that wouldn't seem out of place on a Pink Floyd album weave in and out of the songs.

This is an album best used as the soundtrack to planning global domination because of the variety and strangeness of the instrumentation.

For adventurous listeners, check out this masterpiece. AC/DC fanboys need not apply.

Release: 5/12/15
Genre: Experimental Metal
Label: Crowquill Records
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