Serotonin Syndrome - Seed of Mankind (2023)


Unleashing aural waves of misery, today we have Finland’s, Serotonin Syndrome, and their third full-length release “Seed of Mankind”. Perfectly blending Post-Metal/Post-Black Metal elements with sobering melancholy, this release unleashings five tracks and nearly 40 minutes of brilliant music. Highly recommended for fans of bands like Karg, Harakiri for the Sky, and Heretoir, this release will certainly turn days cloudy and gloomy.

Opening with “Among Others”, the release starts heavy hitting with piercing riffs and crushing vocals. This slowly transforms into slower passages that set a very bleak mood early on. As “The Pitiful One” rolls in, the band keeps unleashing blistering aggressive sections in between dreamy guitars and crafty tempo changes. With “Seed Of Mankind” the release takes an interesting tour into Karg/Harakiri for the Sky-esque territories with lush guitars and some shoegazey passages.

With “Dot Marks the Spot” the band goes full-on into more melancholic territories with weeping guitars paired with aggressive snarls and very well crafted introspective passages. This track is one of our favorites thanks to the slow progression and cathartic nature of it. However, the best song in the release has to be the moody “The End” and its bleak piano opening that slowly progresses into desolate and crushing melodic sections.

As a whole, “Seed of Mankind” is a very well crafted release that nicely visits many different moods while painting contrasting desolate and aggressive passages. As it goes on the melancholy sets in and takes over, creating a very unique and engaging vibe that is hard to find these days. Serotonin Syndrome is a very talented band that holds their own against any of the more established bands in the genre and we certainly hope they gradually get noticed more.

Band: Serotonin Syndrome Album: Seed of Mankind

Label: Self-Released

Release: January 27th, 2023

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Genre: Post-Metal/Post-Black Metal

Country: Finland

Rating: 96/100

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