Denver doom metal duo, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, release a three track set on December 21st titled Merging In Light.
The follow-up to the band’s 2013-released Of The Flock EP, which The Sludgelord commended for thrusting forth, “thirty minutes of some of the most impure, indecent and coarse noise that these ears have heard,” and Hard Rock Revolution called, “heavier than damn near anything you’ve ever heard,” carries on their wall of metal approach with three tracks of fuzzed out, lumbering cheerlessness. Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man, Cobalt, etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light delivers an in your face mass of unforgiving metal loveliness.
The release features artwork by renowned illustrator Sam Turner, (Sleep, Speedwolf et al) and will be released independently on limited 12″ colored vinyl with an etched B-side. The two ouroboros serpents forming the Vesica Piscis symbol on the front and back cover will be done in UV spot gloss on the jacket, so it will have the appearance of glossy black against matte black. Additionally, 100 of the 500 records pressed will have a haze of black set against a milky, semi-translucent white, and will also come with a printed slipmat available. The remaining 400 will be white vinyl.
IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS was started in early 2011 by vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg and drummer JJ Anselmi. The two got together through their mutual adoration of Earth’s The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull. Later that Spring they recorded a four-song demo in a friend’s basement studio. Shortly thereafter, Anselmi left the band on amicable terms, and Joseph Weller Myer (Royal Talons, Whilt) has been drumming ever since. In May of 2013 Myer and Netzorg entered the studio to record their follow-up, Of the Flock, which was subsequently mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson. Of the Flock was self-released on vinyl on Halloween of 2013.
The new offering from the band is one of the best metal releases of the year and perversely comes just as it is rumbling to a close. It is a breathtakingly good – intense, unforgiving. compelling and down right excellent. Highly recommended.
Merging In Light will be released independently on December 21st, 2014 via the band’s official BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.