|Let me make this perfectly clear from the beginning: this is not Doom metal. It's slow, yes, but there's no depressive, gloomy atmosphere in the same way as there is in doom metal. The sound is rather a lot like Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, or Isis.|
Generation Of Vipers' name originates from the Bible. Philip Wylie's book, Generation Of Vipers, is only a light influence. To quote the band: "The significance of the term is that it is a general statement on the inherent evil and corruption of all people, specifically with politicians, world leaders and others in prominent positions of power and wealth."
Crushing heaviness and the feeling that the whole world is dull and grey is what you are served. A heavily distorted bass, detuned guitars and powerful drums guide you through the world of Generation Of Vipers. All songs have the same feel to them, which can be both a good and a bad thing.
The first song 'Thaw', starts of as some kind of mixture between an intro and an actual song. An acoustic guitar plays the same riff over and over again while distorted vocals and feedback slowly take you towards a climax that never appears.
Instead, the next song, 'O Great Deceiver', begins without 'Thaw' ever fading out completely. This second track is the highlight of 'Grace'. The first two minutes, while the song is slowly building up to be unleashed upon the listener, are overwhelming. If the quality would have been the same throughout the whole album it would have been a truly great debut.
While the first half of this release is really good, the second half doesn't contribute as much to the whole. After hearing 'Thaw' and 'O Great Deceiver', you expect a little more from 'In The Crushing Fists Of God' (what a great songtitle!) and 'Blood In The Belly'. They're not bad at all, just not as good as 'Grace's opening tracks. Although I like what I hear, a little more variation wouldn't have hurt.
2. O Great Deceiver
3. In The Crushing Fists Of God
4. Blood In The Belly
Duration : Approx. 41 minutes
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