Vomiting Skulls - Serpents Kill Slowly Review
by Matt Hensch
See what a new vocalist can do? Sometimes losing a singer is a catastrophic loss for a band on many, many levels, but here Vomiting Skulls utilizes Teemu Virtanen's shrieks of doom to aid their gory platter rather than the indecipherable slobbering that appeared on their self-titled demo. Overall I think I enjoy "Serpents Kill Slowly" marginally more than Vomiting Skulls first demo because of the vocals and the consistency of the tunes. Not much has changed; these murderers are still swinging weapons in the name of Satan and hacking victims apart in honor of the black/death metal curse. The four tracks seem musically diverse compared to the original demo and the fundamental essence of Finnish puke keeps the tape smelling repulsive...in a good way, of course.
I'm not one to be gloating over demos; I seldom drift away from albums or EPs, but these dudes know their stuff, and they more importantly can keep the listener hooked adamantly. "Serpents Kill Slowly" is mostly ingrained in the same black/death metal rampage caged on their self-titled demo, flexing into the most cannibalistic corridor of the sub-genre juxtaposition imaginable. The opening title track runs smoothly on nifty riffs wobbling on altering rhythms with fluent grace, and there's no room to inhale as Vomiting Skulls dives into "Euthanize the Disgraced," a blast-laden scorcher that sets the world ablaze. "Shrine of Havoc" kicks a lot of tail too, but the ending track ("Warcry") gazes into a slowed groove of chunky riffs and a really awesome bass sound that the rest of the demo doesn't utilize. It's probably my favorite tune, but the rectangle of eternal doom is quite memorable and brutalizing overall no matter how you slice it.
The material is once again condensed into four songs running for only fourteen minutes, yet still the band walks away with another worthy memento. Virtanen's vocals are the prime feature of the demo because there's so much more added into the group's effort, but the whole faction again slays for the most part. To conclude, in an ocean of average black/death metal factions, Vomiting Skulls mildly sticks out, perhaps just stalking the feeble prey and waiting for the right time to strike the unsuspecting prowlers of the black/death metal frontier, and that makes Vomiting Skulls' personality that much more attractive in the order of the universe.
Vomiting Skulls - Serpents Kill Slowly
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