Band : In The Company of Serpents
Album/EP : Ain-Soph Aur
Genre: Doom Metal/ Sludge
Label : Independent
Location : Denver, Colorado
FFO : Black Sabbath, Mastodon, Gojira
In an age where metal tends to get super sporadic, In The Company of Serpents slows things down, but keeps in insanely heavy. The production of this record is great. You can clearly hear every aspect of each song. From the ingle string picking, to each drum hit. There is a hint of almost like white noise behind each song. I think the shining element in this album is staying super heavy with out getting overly technical. The mix was also fantastic. No part of the music drowns out any other part.
The song structures don’t have a traditional phrasing. They kind of just do what they want. But it all flows together well. It’s not like the speed through, or drag ass in each song. They just kind of take their time. I really don’t know what the theme is. I wish I did know, because I really enjoy this record. It’s the same with lyrical content. I cant follow the words very well. That’s something I’m pretty bad at. I love reading along with a song. It helps me understand what the vocalist/entire band is trying to convey.
There is tons of replay value. It’s a solid record. It’s very different for me, but it has an old Black
Sabbath/Gojira vibe to it. We all know Black Sabbath are just gods. Compared to their last release “Of The Flock”, Ain-Soph Aur is leagues better. It sounds much more sophisticated and well put together. The ambience behind it really makes the record.
Over all, this is a fantastic record. There’s just something about it that I connected with. I am not quite sure what, but I sure enjoy it. If you’re a fan of old school Black Sabbath or maybe even some Gojira, I fully believe you’ll find the same feeling I have towards this.
Star Rating: 10/10
Strongest Song: Crucible