|Review: Incubus - Serpent Temptation|
Label: Brutal Records
Year released: 2017
Originally released in: 1988
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 8, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (6 Votes)
Out of many bands that share the name Incubus, the Louisiana-based thrashers were probably the best one out of them all for me. I remember when I bought the band's debut album, Serpent Temptation, which I bought due to its cool and catchy looking cover. I wasn't disappointed investing my hard-earned money into this blind purchase.
Serpent Temptation is a nearly perfect mixture of savage, fast, brutal and ripping Thrash Metal and proto-Death Metal, which hardly any newer Metal bands do nowadays. The trio were at the top of their game on this one, displaying some razor-sharp and rampaging Thrash (and Death) Metal that surely sounded very extreme back in those days. They belonged to the same league of underground bands as Hellwitch, Num Skull, Sadus, etc. that should have made it big but sadly never did. The whole album reeks of those days when every underground Metal band wanted to sound faster, meaner and more brutal than the rest of their contemporaries and Incubus succeeded at that. Perhaps it's a bit underrated, but it certainly is not a forgotten semi-classic underground release.
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