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"...a powerful statement of doom metal misanthropy delivered with the fatal acumen of four veterans of the genre."


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"The debut of Serpentine Path is the culmination four veterans, almost cult heroes, which, although it does not offer anything new or subversive, manages and flattens everything in its path and raises serious candidate for doom album of the year. "


Serpentine Path Interview on Relapse Podcast 0023


Review from dailydischord.com


"This is so god damn heavy it nearly picked me up and threw me across the room! It is so painfully slow and grinding that it makes My Dying Bride sound positively speedy and upbeat."

"Doom Metal with a death metal flavour done really well so if that sounds like your thing then this is a must – buy for you. Run, or rather crawl really slowly, along and get it now!"


S/T on bandcamp


Live Debut October 27th, 2012 @ Saint Vitus Bar


"SERPENTINE PATH have another major announcement today and would like to officially welcome Stephen Flam (WINTER) as the band's second guitarist! Flam will join the band for the first time as they take the stage for their debut live performance on October 27th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The show will feature the band playing alongside labelmates Tombs and 16."



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Interview with Violence Magazine [Poland]


Interview is in Polish, the english version is below:

You called it quits for Unearthly Trance some time ago. When you made up your mind about that was Serpetnine Path already alive?

Ryan Lipynsky: Yes we started Serpentine Path at the same time Unearthly Trance was still going. The demise of UT was completely separate from Serpentine Path. UT was around for 12 years and we decided it was time to call a day. I personally would rather go out on a good note than slowly fade away. I’m very proud of all our records and all of our accomplishments. Serpentine Path is a totally different beast and a clean slate for all of us.

Serpentine Path is all three of you involved previously in UT. How did an Englishman came to a view?

Ryan Lipynsky: Well, we have known Tim for quite some time now. We first met him when UT toured with Electric Wizard and Sons Of Otis back in 2002 in the US. Since that point we also toured 3 times with Ramesses in Europe so we knew each quite well by now. Recently, Tim moved to New Jersey in a town right outside NYC permanently and we thought it was a good idea to have a jam. From there it grew into Serpentine Path and things have just expanded from there… Last year we did a 7” on Parasitic and then recorded the S/T album on Relapse this year.

Tim was a member of Electric Wizard for about 10 years. Do you think they made huge impact on the scene with records like "Dopethrone" or "Come my fanatics"?

Ryan Lipynsky: Yes! I think “Dopethrone” is a great record. I personally think some of the songs on that album are total classics and many newer bands wish they could be them, but they will never come close. They had this raw, we-don’t-give-a-fuck vibe that emanated from them when they played on that last US tour we did with them. Insanely loud and intoxicated power trio. Basically, they were a band that was about to fall apart or play the best show of their lives in that era. You never knew what you would get from them…And it was exciting!

Would you say SP has a possible future or it is rather a one-off? How much determined are you to make a name for this band?

Ryan Lipynsky: We absolutely have a future. We plan on doing more recordings for sure. Serpentine Path is definitely NOT a one-off. I don’t concern myself with making a name, I just want to keep on making quality music that I enjoy myself. What will happen- will happen. We will do things at our own pace and keep building and expanding upon the ideas we have already put forth.

Your debut album offers some of the most pummeling and crushing music you ever recorded (it reminds me a little bit of Corrupted sound). Do you think it's the most brutal thing you ever done?

Ryan Lipynsky: I never thought of it but I can hear what you are saying about he Corrupted comparison. Not a band I listen to that much, but it is cool to read what others hear in our sound. I certainly set out to do the most brutal and uncompromising vocals, so mission accomplished! It is important for me to make each band I do, different in one way from the other. Serpentine Path focuses on the more brutal and savage side of doom metal.

UT was pretty doomy but SP is so much more doomier. Any specific records inspired you to starting writing such a heavy material?

Ryan Lipynsky: Yes. Tim Bagshaw inspired us to create this super heavy doom. He comes up with some of the best doom riffs and there was only one natural direction to go in. With Unearthly Trance, I actually spent most of our career trying to NOT be just a doom band. We always were up for experimenting with different textures, tempos, vocals and influences. We were most proud of the fact that we were not predictable and dare I say, a forward thinking fearless band.

You have recently announced Winter member as your touring guitarist. Is it intimidating to play along a guy who recorded such a milestone album as "Into darkness"?

Ryan Lipynsky: Stephen has joined us full time and will contribute music as well in the future. I think at first it seemed almost impossible to be real, as Winter is one of the bands that influenced me to play this kind of extreme doom when I was younger. Especially being from the Long Island, NY area. But once I met him I realized he is one of the most down-to-earth coolest guys I’ve met, let alone being the guy from Winter! I think his experience and point of view will only add to the overall sound and vibe SP will have moving forward. It’s a great honor to have him in the band. We are all really excited for this development. I can say that Tim and Stephen sound deadly together playing guitars!

Beside SP you continue with The Howling Wind and only few months ago you released the latest record. Is it a touring band? What of your needs does this band satisfy?

Ryan Lipynsky: The Howling Wind is a band that Tim Call and I have done for a while and it’s a really personal project. I play all the guitars and bass and do the vocals along with Tim. For me, its important to continue on playing this form of metal that I’ve done since Thralldom, the blackened metal band I did before THW. I really enjoy doing these records and not playing live as its something that I feel I can lose myself in. THW is its own separate universe musically from all the other bands I do and have done. We already have new songs written and plan to keep on creating musick for quite a while. “Of Babalon” is one of my favorite records I’ve ever done!


Review from popmatters


"Serpentine Path reeks of seasoned musicians who know exactly where they want to take their sound, and more importantly, have the hard-earned grit to accomplish it."


Review from lambgoat


"Nothing really compares to the balls to the wall heaviness that these four practitioners of the metallic arts produce. It is a near perfect blend of crushingly heavy music, a few cryptic samples and a dark vision that leaves almost nothing to be desired. If you could buy one death/doom record this year I wouldn't recommend passing on Serpentine Path's self-titled debut."


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"This is the ancient stuff, culled from the dark grimoire, meant to push those lurking fears forward in a slow lurch of freakish horror."


"For those who relish ugly, nightmarish and merciless doom, Serpentine Path is a welcome sonic ritual of demise — kind of like being buried neck-deep in the beach sand for 45 minutes and watching the tide come in."


"Their no-frills approach to doom is dark and incredibly heavy, but deliciously uncompromising."

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The Sleeping Shaman reviews S/T


"Frankly, this record isn’t just very good. It’s brilliant. Tim Bagshaw (currently the main songwriter) is arguably writing his best music since his days in The Wizard, with Newman, Verni and Lipynsky pushing their exceptional talents to the limit – the loss of Unearthly Trance was a sad one, but with a bastard son as powerful as “The Serpentine Path”, the mourning period can most definitely be curtailed"




"“Beyond the Dawn of Time” is about as merciful as the vacuum of space and just as likely to pop your eyeballs with the sheer pressure."


"Serpentine Path's music is not targeted at listeners looking for a good time, but rather those seeking good company with which to delve into and expunge the strong negative emotions they share. As with most extreme death/doom albums verging on the funereal, this one requires a little patience, but the payoff is well worth it."

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"This record is a seriously awesome slab of vicious doom metal that should scare the shit out of most bands in metal."

"Serpentine Path raise the bar on how a doom metal band should sound, this album shakes the ground…violently."

"...Just imagine if Bolt Thrower had slowed down and decided to play some gnarly doom tunes..."


Stephen Flam of WINTER joins Serpentine Path!


"SERPENTINE PATH have another major announcement today and would like to officially welcome Stephen Flam (WINTER) as the band's second guitarist! Flam will join the band for the first time as they take the stage for their debut live performance on October 27th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The show will feature the band playing alongside labelmates Tombs and 16."

Debut Live Show announced as well:
October 27 2012 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar (w/ Tombs & 16)

"Obsoletion" now streaming @ Decibel!



Review from wheelingrampage.com


"...leads right into the epicosity of the doom metal. I like the more brutal vocals for doom bands, ... The death metal doom style is quite enjoyable."

"I recommend this album if you like death-infused doom metal..."