Finnish Black Metal has a long and distinct tradition of character and categorical essence regarding the genre. Serpentfyre returns in 2017 with a MLP which encompasses all the ingredients of the band’s essence while showing a path of constant evolution and mastery in both concept and performance. Comprised by four hymns, Illuminating Ruin is a piece of ceremonial Black Metal established in a quintessence that blends the various forms of the group’s substance. Intricated cadences of rhythmic ecstasy are intertwined with an exquisite guitar work of blazing riffs, sharper than ever, bitter and commanding in mid-tempo bridges or faster drifts of grasping power. Vocally belligerent and powerful, rasping snarls in both finnish and english language cast the mysteries of Death and Evil, a brimming performance of hatred and spellbinding character. The varied and dynamic arrangements are enhanced by a sound production which captures Serpentfyre in supreme strength, with a compelling sonic blazon wherein a sparkling sonic sweep weave with an everlasting harshness, cold, eerie and eminently numinous alike the solid instrumental execution. Such sinister aura extends to the lyrical content (printed in the layout) and the stunning artwork, a display of regard for the detail and solemnity of the band’s devotion to the Black Art and the Will of the Great Serpent.
Illuminating Ruin stands as a grand statement of Black Metal inferno and utmost devotion to the dismal and somber nature of mystical Darkness.
Available on vinyl 10" LP with a A4 insert featuring a Serpentfyre interview to Into the Tomb zine. Limited to only 200 copies