In The Company of Serpents - Lux
Band: In The Company of Serpents
Genre: Doom / Sludge
Location: Denver, Colorado
FFO: Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Coltsblood
In The Company of Serpents have, in my humble opinion, done as perfect of a job as you can on a Sludge/Doom style record when it comes down to a couple things. One of those things being the most important thing, production. The clarity in terms of being able to hear everything going on, is great. And it’s done by still maintaining a very low, dirty sound in an often eerie vibe. I can’t see any fan of this genre being disappointed or wanting something different out of the mix on this album. Hands down my favorite aspect of it are these mean, unforgiving guitar tones. They give the vocals a perfect backdrop and carry most of the rhythms.
Right off the bat, ITCOS does something I don’t believe I’ve seen before, and that's have the longest song (by far) as the very first song. This 10 minute beast is filled with not only some hard grooves but also a couple surprises throughout. One of which being the beginning when I was being lulled by the intro until that heavy groove I mentioned comes in out of nowhere. I was shocked but couldn’t help to instantly move my head to it. Although this is a “sludge” band, there really is a lot of nice grooves going on throughout the whole record in between the slower drawn out parts. ‘The Fool’s Journey’ is an entire adventure of it’s own that holds a lot to take in, yet we have so much more on this path. In between these doomsday soundtracks, are a couple shorter interludes to bring everything back down to earth in a very beautiful fashion I kind of wish lasted a bit longer. Even though overall everything sounds great, being a very specific genre, there isn’t much to say about it exactly. All I can tell you is it is some of the best of it’s kind that I’ve heard. Lyrically though, this thing is very in depth.
The concepts and themes are so detailed and important to the writer that I don’t want to butcher anything so I’ll use his words to tell you “...one of the central ideas behind it is the notion of a Prima Materia, or fundamental root-essence behind everything in the manifest universe. Philosophers, hermeticists, alchemists, occultists, and all manner of different wizards have speculated what that Prima Materia, or “root essence,” is, but the three chief analogies I've employed in this record are: All is sound, All is mind, and critically, All is Light. With that in mind, we are employing a wealth of Solar imagery with this record, both in the front cover, and lyrically…’Lux’ is the etymology of my daughter's name, Lucia. So, while this album functions as a form of esoteric prayer on one hand, it also serves as a message to my 2-year-old, who, as they say in the cliché, is the light of my life.” I love music with a powerful, meaningful, and well thought out message. Even if I struggle to understand exactly what this dude is trying to say. Regardless, it only adds to the depths in which this album takes the listener.
Each time I listened to Lux, I kept getting lost and swept away. This is a very easy going LP to listen to most of the time. Even with the length of songs and the album as a whole, I’d have no problem throwing this on any time of day to relax to. It’s one of those things where if a song from it came on shuffle, I’d have to stop everything to listen to the whole album. Lux reaches new feets that In The Company of Serpents hasn’t gone to yet. This is the best production, best sound, and best piece of music they have orchestrated as a band. Listening to their other records, although they aren’t bad, I feel like they were all leading up to this right here. All of the characteristics and elements they’ve introduced (and then some) have come together with a brilliant production to create Lux. Realistically, there’s nothing I can say that I disliked about my experience.
This won’t be the first time I say that I’m not the biggest Doom fan in the world. But it’s bands and albums like this that make me enjoy it to the fullest extent. I feel bad to say it doesn’t feel right giving this album a perfect score due to the fact I’m not big into the genre, but I have to. There’s nothing wrong with it. There’s no bad moments, and I can’t honestly say I wanted to turn it off at any moment. Thank you for being the black sheep amongst a type of music I consider saturated with boring and unenthusiastic bands most of the time. Good job, guys.
Strongest Song: The Fool’s Journey, Prima Materia
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/in-the-company-of-serpents/1306944585