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It’s been so long since I sat own with a good Metal CD. My recent MS flare up really wasn’t something to scoff at, and I’ve basically been bed ridden for about two weeks now. Thanks to my brand new laptop, I was finally able to just sit down and hear some material. But what to hear first? Of the many promos still sitting around, there was one that really caugh my eye, which was the new Kill Ritual album, The Serpentine Ritual. Unforunately, it just wasn’t as good aqs I had hoped.

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.

The Serpentine Ritual may not be he most engaging, but it is a largely accessable album that’s pretty easy to get into. There’s a few slight downfalls towards the end, but for much of the album you’ll still find your head bobbing along through many of the songs, and find you coming back here and there. If you’re looking for an album full of catchy Thrash tracks with a hint of Hard Rock mixed in, Kill Ritual‘s latest is proving to be a rather solid bet.


Digital review material for this article provided by Scarlet Records.