Doedsvangr - Serpents Ov Old (2021)


Unleashing all hell with 44 minutes of highly refined and punishing Black Metal, today we have International super group Doedsvangr and their sophomore release “Serpents Ov Old”. Featuring members from bands like Horna, Nordjevel, The Order of Apollyon, and a few guests like Vicotnik and Tsjuder’s Nag, this super release delivers on the promise of being one of the most devastating albums of 2021. If you like Black Metal, it won’t get any better than this release.

Kicking things off, we have the blistering album title track filled with pummeling drumming and expertly layered guitars, creating a very powerful and punishing experience. Doedsadmiral’s vocals are just perfect for this kind of music, and they perfectly compliment the talents of Shatraug on guitars and bass, as songs like “Flagelist” and “As The Rivers Bleed Their Blessings” and their sinister edge perfectly showcase. There is more than just furious tremolo picking to BM and releases like this are a fine example of it.

One of our personal favorite tracks has to be the massive “White Finger” and its explosive drums perfectly complementing the vicious guitar onslaughts of Shatraug and BST. With Vicotnik on guest vocals, pieces like “Black Dragon Phoenix” have a certain different edge that makes them stand out for the others. Going from short to longer songs is not a problem for such a band, as they jump from blistering pieces like “Carrier of Heads” and “The Salt Marsh”, to more expansive tracks like the excruciatingly awesome closer “Poisonous Tides”.

As a whole, “Serpents Ov Old” is one of those releases that is both intense and refined, while avoiding your traditional BM cliches to deliver sheer power and destruction. All the members of the band are experts of their craft and manage to have excellent musical chemistry, creating some of the most oppressive and crushing BM music we have heard in quite a while. If you are looking for refined and powerful music, look no further and get a copy of this release.

Band: Doedsvangr Album: Serpents Ov Old

Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Release: October 29th, 2021

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: International

Rating: 95/100

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