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Review: Deserter - Coils of the Lesser Serpent
Coils of the Lesser Serpent

Label: Vile Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 30:01
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 6, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Coils of the Lesser Serpent

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Ready for a Belgian bombardment of both Thrash and Death Metal? I am, and always will be...

Deserter, formed in 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, have put out a couple of demos plus one EP before. Now they also have gotten their debut album, titled Coils of the Lesser Serpent, out on the small underground label Vile Records, whose owner is current Hellcannon guitarist Jim Nickles (ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Hellwitch, etc.). What you get on Deserter's 8-track offering is strongly riff-based, technical Thrash Metal with growled, semi-Death Metal vocals. This combination works really well with the band's sound. The band plays really tightly as a coherent unit, having a plethora of ideas incorporated into their songs that should carry them far (provided they continue on their chosen musical path). There's a slight amount of progressiveness à la Vektor pushed through their sound, which makes things even a bit sweeter. But the main emphasis is heavily on the compelling barricade of Thrash riffs, blistering solo work, Yacine's (aka Neckbreaker) throat-tormenting evil grunts, and the band's relatively unique way of bringing their Thrash Metal out into the daylight. Deserter even have a couple of bridge burners ("Cry of the Forsaken" and "Warscar" in particular) that force you to return to the songs over and over again.

Coils of the Lesser Serpent is what you need now simply because as cheesy as it sounds, it simply kicks very much ass!

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