- Adam Dutkiewicz – guitar, bass, vocals
- George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – vocals
- Shannon Lucas – drums
- The Vengeance In Me
- Vanquished Unto Me
- Divide, Conquer, Burn and Destroy
- Sovereign Hate
- On the Brink of Devastation
- Jagged Cross Legions
- This Endless War
Who would have thought that the combination of Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage and Corpsegrinder of Cannibal Corpse could prove so successful? They did, apparently. The resulting match-up, Serpentine Dominion, took seven years to see release and combines the elements of death metal and metalcore to some extent.
With lyrics written by Adam D. and Jesse Leach, instead of your normal death metal affair, you’ll be given themes of struggling with faith and other hardships. While this might represent a shift in song writing for a genre obsessed with death. There are elements of metalcore in here elsewhere too. The riffs are brilliant throughout, but none more so than “Vanquished Unto Me” – it’s not often that a death metal track gets stuck in your head for months on end. The structure in this track is reminiscent of Adam D’s work in Killswitch Engage, with a sung chorus following the brutality of the verse. It’s a fantastic track, and the best on the record.
It’s a shame that the rest of the album doesn’t utilise Adam D’s clean vocals as much. The combination of his voice with Corpsegrinder’s is surprisingly good. I wanted to hear more of this brilliant mixture, but it sadly only left to the odd cameo. Both vocalists are heard throughout, but the clean singing wasn’t quite plentiful enough. This was probably a boon for proper death metal heads however. The music is delightfully brutal throughout however, and Adam D. certainly knows his way around extreme metal. Shannon Lucas’ drum work is excellent too, and for fans of double-bass-pedalling, this album is awesome.
I’ve listened to this record a lot in the last few months. It’s easy to stick on for a nice brutal blast. My biggest issue with it however, is its length. Standing in at little over 28 minutes, Serpentine Dominion is on the short side. Just one or two tracks more would have been great. It’s such a fun record, that I’m sad every time I listen to it that it’s over so soon. Oh well. At least its compact length means I can have it on repeat more often.
Serpentine Dominion offers a brilliant mix of metalcore and death metal, but it’s over all too soon.