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The Serpent Servant
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
Plain and simple, it really does grow on you. After my first and second listen, I agreed with the other reviewers about it being boring. But today I went through my 3 recently purchased CDs, this being one of them, and I liked it a lot more the third time. Its a very different sound from Nailed. Dead. Risen. They DID drop some of my favorite things about this genre, and I think it isn't very safe to call this one Deathcore. But that doesn't mean its terrible. I agree that it is a little generic, but I think its a very solid album. If you give it a chance, you might come back to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2009
Impending Doom completely floored me with this release. I had heard the singles "Serpent Servant" and "anything Goes" a while back and was so excited for this release. In my opinion it's a massive improvement from Nailed. Dead. Risen., but don't get me wrong, I love that album too, but this album, although still as brutal as it gets, is now audible too. They've kind of developed a WhiteChapel-esque sound, but they actually have a positive message in their songs. A must have for Deathcore/ Brutal Death Metal fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2009
Impending Doom is one of the most interesting death metal/deathcore/metalcore bands in the industry today. They're devout Christians, as can be seen through their lyrics, imagery, and testimonials, a fact that is almost non-existent in the genre of music that they play in (at least when speaking on a broad scale of popularity). Death metal, or the genres that fall beneath it are generally not known for Christian themes or bands, but somehow Impending Doom has risen to popularity despite these trends.

That being said, let's get to the album. Their first album, Nailed. Dead. Risen., was an interesting release to say the least, certainly not putting off a sound to appeal to the masses. Yet, with this rough and unpolished release they garnered broad attention from Christians and death metal fans alike with their brutal sound and unapologetic lyrics. I first found them right after they had released Nailed. Dead. Risen., and was not initially fond of the sound to be completely honest. But alas, the sound grew on me, and I eventually fell in love with the band, leading me to go to two of their live shows and speak with some of the band members personally. They are wonderful people, and strong Christians, and I was overjoyed at these facts. So needless to say, this new album was certainly one of my most anticipated albums in a long time.

The new album has a MUCH more refined sound, quality, and cohesiveness, but with these steps forward come a few steps back. I love metal, death metal, hardcore, and much more, and anyone who knows these genres, more likely than not, has a love for breakdowns to some extent. What I'm getting at is that Impending Doom has gone the way of popularity here and gotten a bit breakdown happy. I believe that only 3 of the 11 songs do not have breakdowns in them, and while the breakdowns themselves do not all have the same design, they are a bit generic. I have no problem with something being like everything else as long as it does everything better, but in this instance, it's a bit too much.

That being said, I have to gripe on the vocals a bit. While the vocals are MUCH more audible and clean, they do tend to become monotonous and uninspired after 30 minutes of music. I understand if a vocalist doesn't have any other ranges or variations, but that's not the case with this vocalist (Brook Reeves). From the first album, we know that Brook has extremely low vocals and "pig squeals" of sorts, and while often unintelligible, sound completely awesome. If they would have just found a happy medium with a mix of old, and new vocals, this album probably could have gotten a 5 out of 5 from me, despite the problems with the over usage of breakdowns. I can just hope that the next album will include ALL of their talents, and not just some of them.

Lyrically, the songs are great, with amazing imagery and symbolism, so there are no problems here. The metaphorical symbolism and Christian themes are once again strong and powerful in this release, and as always, welcome for a band in this genre. Like I said, no problems whatsoever.

And another thing that I have to mention is the fact that the album seems a bit slow in comparison to Nailed. Dead. Risen., something I found to be a bit odd when looking at the genre in which the bands falls. Speed is evident in the songs "Storming The Gates of Hell" and "The Serpent Servant", but it seems that speed is a bit underutilized on the rest of the album. Maybe I'm wrong, but the sense of chaos just isn't as present in this album...

Overall, the album shows growth within the band, but also illuminates some flaws. There is nothing wrong with sounding like other things, like I said, as long as you can make your sound better than everyone else. Impending Doom certainly has their own sound which differentiates them from everyone else within the industry, but with this album they're taking two steps forward, and one step back. It's almost like they're trying to appeal to a broader crowd while sacrificing a bit of their own unique appeal. I'm certainly going to continue to watch the band and enjoy them wholeheartedly, but also continue to hope that their next album will show growth in a positive direction without compromising anything at all.

If you love heavy music, breakdowns, death metal, or pretty much anything that makes you proud to be a Christian, pick the album up and support a great group of guys trying to shine for Christ in a very dark industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2010
Deathcore, metalcore, grind, hardcore... Whatever you choose to label "Impending Doom" they're certainly awesome. I'll be the first to admit, bits of this album REALLY remind of "Plagues" by The Devil Wears Prada, (who is actually one of my favorite bands.) However, "Impending Doom" definitely takes the heavier stance and is completely devoid of clean singing and/or synths. (Take that as a warning, if you don't want to be pummeled with 40 minutes of bellowing, blasting and riffage... this album is not for you.) All of that being said, there is a distinctly melodic voice in all of this craziness that really stands out on most tracks. "Anything Goes" is a great example of a gothic melody layered over the top of crunchy guitar chords with a huge percussive foundation of growling and double bass drumming.

I don't have any reservations in recommending this album to even the most skeptical death metal fans! I'd also like to point out (to any concerned parents or guardians) that this album may be titled and illustrated quite darkly, but is actually a very positive album. There is nothing lyrically that will affect teenagers negatively... The band is Christian, so that pretty much steers the entire album to a very clean and positive place.

I'D ALSO RECOMMEND
Out of Darkness-In The Midst of Lions
The Infinite Order-Living Sacrifice
Plagues-The Devil Wears Prada
The Raven and the Reaping-The Famine
O God, The Aftermath-Norma Jean
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2009
I can't believe how many people who have written reviews don't like this album. It is so heavy! I am an avid death metal/core fan. I love everyone from Nile to Whitechapel and Malevolent Creation to Oceano. I get pretty much every death metal album when it comes out, and I have listened to The Serpent Servant more than any other in a long time. The guitars are tuned LOW and the vocalist is top-notch. The songs vary between slow-paced breakdowns to mid-paced chugging to full-on blastbeats. If you are a death metal purist, I can understand you not liking this album because it is definitely deathcore, but if you like hardcore or deathcore, or are a death metal fan open to the 'core,' this album should please you immensely.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2009
impending doom is the best death metal christian band there ever is and ever will be i have seen them live four times and meet the band but that isn't what matters to me the lyrics do it's all about loving god and if your not here for that this is not your band my favorite songs on this album is: 1.when i speak 2.in the house of mourning 3.the serpent servant 4.beginnings 5.more than conquerors 6.anything goes
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2009
is the honesty in their lyrics. These guys love God, and want to make a loud noise for Christ. Deathcore at its finest, this is a rockin' c.d.

They have some brutal merch as well, you should check it out.

WORSHIP+THE SERPENT SERVANT=GORSHIP!
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on March 15, 2011
I've only been listening to ID for about two weeks, but their already my fav brutal deathgrind/deathcore band. This album is like NDR and TWBV combined into one brutal album. The scream like low growls aren't quite as good as the previous album but i still like em. The guitars are just awesome and extremely brutal. Bass is pretty good, but could be amped up more. I like most the songs and if played on a huge stereo it is freaking heavy. I do miss their Nailed Dead Risen style, and that was a great album, but this album still packs an extremely brutal punch. I used to think JFAC was heavy before this but honeslty ID is far heavier and just better. The idea that this is a christian band is actually more creative and interesting than just your standard lame satanic crap. I give this album a over all 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Best tracks:
Serpent Servant
Anything Goes
House of Mourning
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on August 16, 2009
THIS ALBUM BLEW MY MIND THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO IT. IMPENDING DOOM REALLY STEPPED IT UP SINCE THEIR LAST ALBUM. THE SERPENT SERVENT IS INCREDIBLE IN EVERY WAY. THEY MASTER THE SPEED METAL AND THE SLOW BRUTAL BREAKDOWNS THAT COMBINES FOR A SERIOUS DARK ATMOSPHERIC EXPERIENCE.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2009
Two stars!!!! Are you kidding me?!!! This album is way better than that - even if you don't like the genre. Sheesh, you just can't please some people. In my opinion, this album is a big step away from the dethcore genre for these guys. Sure, there are plenty of breakdowns with bass drops that will kick your teeth in. But the vocalist has moved away from the 90% pig vocals from the first album to a more straight up deep bellows scream style. As for the music itself, you'll hear some Meshuggah-like droning melody guitar lines over top of the chug-chug riffs, as well as some Meshuggah-like timming in the drums and bass. Track 6, "More Than Conquerors" will have you hearing a bit of Slipknot going on. So there's more here than just another ordinary dethcore album. I'm not saying it's better than their first. I like both. But they are different from each other. Get them both!
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