Heavy metal in its darker and most occult form is the proposition of Serpent Lord, a band coming from the land of heavy metal – Greece – with the will and the power to conquer the world. And that is exactly what they promise to do with “Apocrypha”, their second studio album, which brings nine hymns of sacred heavy metal (including one featuring ex-Iced Earth’s vocalist Stu Block), wrapped in a blanket of occult atmosphere and in-depth, cryptic lyrics full of symbolic meanings.
Then again, Serpent Lord aren’t strangers to delivering a harrowing dose of occult heavy metal, with every aspect from their stage presence, to the musical production, exuding depth and atmospheric darkness. Having shared the stage with legends such as Primordial, Rotting Christ, Blaze Bayley, Necronomicon, Innerwish, Omen, Grand Magus, Exarsis, Northwind and many others, Serpent Lord pride themselves in delivering a show to encapsulate the crowd; “For us, it’s not just a live show, it is a ritual. The songs talk about rituals, about magic and religions, about demons, so we try to create the appropriate atmosphere on our shows”, the band proudly states. Think Archangel banners, skulls, candles, books of magic, and even stage-side monks.
“Apocrypha” will be released in digital and CD formats by From The Vaults on December 17th, 2021.
“Apocrypha” tracklist: 1. The Final Horseman 2. Divine Plane (feat. Stu Block) 3. Hail To Nothingness 4. Love Covenant 5. Inner Darkness 6. Damned To Live 7. Evil Source 8. Humanity’s End 9. Cursed Roots
Initially founded in 2016, it wasn’t until the following year that the Greek entity delivered its first demo onto the unprepared world. Since then, Serpent Lord have been developing their occult heavy metal in countless shows across Europe, as well as in their debut album, “Towards The Damned” in 2018, which was hailed by the metal press, and in their double-sided single “Horned God”, released in the following year.
Now, the time has come for “Apocrypha” to delve deep into the aggressive, atmospheric and slightly progressive sound of the band and take Serpent Lord a step forward. And below.
Serpent Lord line-up: Konstantinos Sotirelis: bass, back vocals / Marios Arikas: vocals / Giorgos Terzitanos: guitars, back vocals / Lazaros Bouroutzoglou: guitars