Agathodaimon - Serpents Embrace
Nuclear Blast
Mainstream Black Metal
10 songs (48'26)
Release year: 2004
Agathodaimon, Nuclear Blast
Reviewed by Jack

Agathodaimon walks the same path as many black metal bands. The guys indeed play some kind of eerie symphonic black metal that has a lot in common with bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth, Old Man’s Child or Graveworm. Recorded and mixed by Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studio in Darmstadt, Serpent’s Embrace sounds the same as the latest albums of all the bands I mentioned but they also sound somewhat different. The quality of the music is merely the same though, depending on how much you like mainstream black metal.

It’s rather difficult to be original these days, especially if you play that kind of mainstream black metal, and Agathodaimon aren’t that original. Their music indeed features everything that is common among the genre. Lots of breaks, killer guitar riffs, clean vocals, female vocals, harsh vocals, etc. Besides, except for track 5, Solitude, a song that consists only of piano and female vocals and that works as an interlude and is by the way maybe a bit too long, there isn’t really any weak songs on this album.

The result is a really solid album that is worth you pennies and with these kind of results, I wonder how other albums can be so disgusting. Indeed it doesn’t seem that much difficult to come up with a strong album, but if every band on the scene would come with great albums, we the reviewer would have to lower the quotation of such great albums, so I bet the band isn’t sorry that other bands suck so much.

You will also find a multimedia bonus (for PC systems only) on the CD version of the album. There's is a making of of Serpent’s Embrace (for both album and videoclip), as well as the usual photo galleries, screensavers and other wallpapers.

Killing Songs :
Rebirth, Faded Years, The Darkness Inside
Jack quoted 80 / 100
Other albums by Agathodaimon that we have reviewed:
Agathodaimon - Phoenix reviewed by Thomas and quoted 85 / 100
Agathodaimon - Chapter III reviewed by Danny and quoted 85 / 100
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