That isn’t to say they put out a bad or boring effort in any way. The Serpentine Offering immediately came off as a mixture of Thrash Metal and Hard Rock music with plenty of catchy hooks, all laced ith a Guns N’ roses inspiration. The whole effort was far from heavy as well. Thankfully, it still retained enough of an edge to keep it from being az mainstream oriented recording.
There were a few songs that did try to be a little more intense, such as “Ambush.” This wasn’t that bad a song at all, finding the vocalist going with a deeper performance with material that carried a bit of a glorious vibe that set the tone perfectly for anyone who might be gearing up for a fight. “Old School Thrasher” has some additional energy in the drumming as well that really stood out among the lighter, catchier tracks that kicked things off. There’s also “Prisoner of the Flesh,” which isn’t quite as engaging, but again finds the band purposely taking a heavier route with some more deeper vocals and even clean singin in the more melodic passages. It’s an enjoyable song for an early Crossover Thrash inspired offering.
Sadly, those are really the only songs that pack a huge bite. The rest of the material is still catchy, and often quite infectious unil you reach the end of the album. Not all of the closing tracks will grab you the same way. “Law of the Land” felt a little too empty, and surprisingly rather boring. “The Day the World Dies” does add a little more to it that does grab your attention in a positive manner, though the chorus ends up a bit empty. There’s a lot of single notes used that keep the rhythm, but it seems to conflict the main verses.