The Serpent Is Rising

December 11, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Total Length: 39:10
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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ARGUABLY the best Styx album ever.
T. R. Rak
Side two is a little weaker but the title track is worth mentioning because it's the heaviest Styx song ever.
Fredrik Nilsson
So if you are a hard-core Styx fan buy this album today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fredrik Nilsson on August 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is Styx third album and probably their most forgotten one. If you find a review of this album it will probably be a bad one, but I think this is the best Styx from the Wooden Nickels years. Witch Wolf is pure hard rock, and The Grove of Eglatine is Dennis DeYoung at his best (James Young sings on most of the tracks). Young man is probably the best song on the album and As bad as this is very moody. Side two is a little weaker but the title track is worth mentioning because it's the heaviest Styx song ever. This is not pop, many of the songs I would even call Heavy Metal. Maybe that is why most Styx fans don't like it. I have friends who like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple who used to tease me for liking Styx until they heard this album. Maybe it's not classic Styx, but it's classic hard rock!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ofanin on June 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is my first review in all my amazon buyer history but I decided to write about this album because I think first things should be, if not the best well, may be as good as possible. First, I agree with some reviewers, this is by far the best Styx album ever, not a single track is bad and are also arranged in perfect position... one thing that amazes me is that even for Styx and some fans of the band this is not their best album and also catalogize it as bad, not here in amazon but in other places, some people even do not know about this album... that is very sad, mostly for them because they miss a hell of an amazing piece of art, progressive rock at it's best, even entering into heavy metal sounds (the serpent is rising). I started to purchase Lp records again and this was one of the first Lp's that I got... amazing. So, to cut the bla, bla, bla, if you want a piece of real rock history get this album and hope you have the enough sesibility and brains to understand it... if you do, enjoy it, if you don't, don't act like an ignorant brute giving bad coments about something that you don't understand... no offense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am a collecter of undiscovered rare music gems, and this ranks up there as a good one. This album was obviously very heavily influenced by JY and John Curulewski. Both guys bring a dark presence to the music which seemed to be an early Styx trademark, and worked well but was underappreciated. Serpent Is Rising has a lot of different things on it; rocking songs by JY (Witch Wolf and Young Man), a slow accoustic song by Curulewski (As Bad As This), a hilarious campy tune (Plexiglass Toilet), a pirate song (Jonas Psalter), a JY/DeYoung singing duet (22 years), and somewhat of a mini concept (The Serpent is Rising/Krakatoa/Halleluhjah Chorus). Serpent is Rising is a very dark song with dual lead guitar harmonies and sung by John Curulewski followed by the sinister recital of Krakatoa. At first listen the song Serpent is Rising really blew me away as I was surprised at how evil sounding it was.
Too bad this album was discontinued in the U.S., but it's worth the price. In my opinion The Serpent is Rising has strong enough material to stand the test of time (unlike Kilroy Was Here). The sound is raw, unpolished, and has a lot of fire behind it. The vocal harmonies are top notch in true Styx fashion. I suppose the church song Hallelujah Chorus is on the album to ensure that fans don't take the dark album too seriously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Tierney on February 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before discovering this record I thought that Styx could get no better than The Grand Illusion or Paradise Theater, but I was proven wrong. Here, Styx had still not fine tuned the sound that would ultimately define them, but because their music is like a diamond in the rough, and because they were still very experimental and progressive, it works, and might I say, works well!

The album is a concept album, and a simple one at that, but the music very powerfully carries the message. The overall theme here is of life, death, love, and lust. Simple, no? As I said, Styx carries this concept well.

-Everything begins with "Witch Wolf", a great rocker that will undoubtedly stay with you, and have you learning the lyrics quick so you can sing along. It is written and sung by JY, better than most of his efforts on later albums. The lyrics seem to point toward the Witch Wolf being a prostitute, or at least someone of dark influence who keeps messing up the life of the singer.

-"Grove of Eglantine" follows, written and sung by Dennis DeYoung, though if you were expecting Lady or Babe, then you'll be surprised to hear this far more "sexy" song about a man who lusting after a girl with a "virgin smile" kinda takes advantage of her...kinda. The chorus has a real cool mythic feel to it, but that's just the progressive rock at work. I'll leave you to find out what the Grove of Eglantine is, but I'll warn you, it ain't pretty.

"Young Man", JY does great work as he again produces an awesome rocker with maybe the best message he's ever put into song. It is probably also his best lyrically which makes it that much more powerful. A few progressive vibes are thrown in again just to keep you in awe and in interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is so underrated it makes me wonder: where did America's taste in music go? DON'T MISS IT! Witch Wolf, Jonas Psalter, and the title track are all masterpieces, containing classic riffs. The Grove of Eglatine, 22 Years, and Winner Take All aren't far behind. And the "Plexiglass Toilet" bonus track WILL crack you up, guaranteed. They do rip off Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a little, but they do it in their own, unique, pre-power-metal-band-out-of-Chicago way. Classic album. I've never heard the CD version, but the actual record is great, so buy it anyway.
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