Following a two-year release stretch since their bold self-titled debut LP was issued, Relapse Records this week unveils the release details on the highly-anticipated second LP from New York City-based morbid sludge metal executioners, SERPENTINE PATH.
Born from within the smoldering remains of Unearthly Trance in 2011, UT members, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni and vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (The Howling Wind) recruited guitarist Tim Bagshaw (ex-Ramesses, ex-Electric Wizard) to complete the SERPENTINE PATH lineup. Their crushing, self-titled debut full-length was referred to as"thudding death-doom that will have genre enthusiasts rolling their stoned skulls in graveyard genuflection" by Revolver, and "a contender for doom album of the year" by Decibel.
Now officially augmented by new second guitarist Stephen Flam, the mastermind behind NYC doom/death legends, Winter, SERPENTINE PATH brings forth their most demoralizing and anguish-filled slow-motion chaos yet, with the newly-completed Emanations. As with their first album,Emanations was recorded by the band's Jay Newman, after which it was honed to devastating perfection at Audiosiege, the album capturing forty-five minutes of true sludge punishment with seven brand new songs from this true underground all-star team. Sure, the pedigree is undeniable, but regardless of their "members of" status, SERPENTINE PATH is one of the most scathing sludge acts on the planet.
Emanations will see parole via Relapse May 27th, 2014 on CD, LP and digital formats. A new trailer featuring a sample of the audio, as well as the cover art by in-house Relapse artist Orion Landau and more has been released.
We have been hard at work recording our new album!! It is coming out heavy as Walter Hudson and we are excited to complete the mixing phase of it and have the recording mastered. The album is being recorded once again by SP bassist Jay Newman and it features the first appearance of our new 2nd guitarist Stephen Flam. More info soon...
"Poring over artwork, endlessly re-reading lyrics, imposing your own
thoughts and meanings upon the songs as the sounds fill your skull...
all of it is worth hunting down beautifully-presented packages like
Serpentine Path are one of those bands who offer a complete encompassing
experience when it comes to songs, tone, words, artwork. It's albums
like this that remind me of just how it should be done.
More like this please, Relapse Records."
"I guess if you want the short version, Serpentine Path are
seriously fucking heavy and seriously grim. They don’t stray from that
modus throughout these tracks, but they don’t really need to either,
since the more oppressive a song gets, the more it’s doing its job. They
win no matter what"
"Vocally, Lipynsky sounds like a homesick downtuned chainsaw on moonshine from the earth's core..."
"The hooks come slow and big; if this tune was a boxer it would be 69
mashed-up Mike Tysons sewn together and injected with benzo fury."
"Serpentine Path has crafted an album that I can turn to when the
heaviest, slowest, nastiest thing I could think of otherwise just won’t
do, and when the world feels bleak and lonely, that is a very, very good
"... but I must give credit where it’s so obviously due. SERPENTINE PATH has
at least 65 years combined experience at playing metal so it’s not
surprising at all that this album is above average on its worst tracks. As previously mentioned, the vocals are very impressive despite sounding
the same track to track like a lot of other aspects of the music. It
does make it easy to determine whether or not you’ll love it or hate it