The times, they are a-changin’. As humanity swipes, clicks and shuffles its feet further into Millenium #3, a quick glance away from the phone (it’s scary, but I know you can do it!) reveals to us an ever-changing reality, the likes of which the spirits of humanity past would scarcely recognize. Behold, a world where there are more gender options than prog sub-genres, dolphins are people, and crunk-core is a thing. The world has moved on, woe Discordia, and every day sees more and more elements of the past being phased out of existence. Goodbye, Pogs. Farewell, AIM. RIP Nu-Metal (no, seriously, please rest). The sands of time are a cruel invading force, whatever will they snatch up next? Chile’s Thy Serpent’s Cult may be bowing out of the fight after nine years of thrashing to death, but their answer, given in their swan scream album Supremacy of Chaos, remains as trve and timeless as ever: Not our fucking death metal.

From the fuck-your-feelings album art, such titular gems as “Pedophiliac Priest” or “Apocalyptic Horse of War,” to the Slayer-esque album title, Supremacy offers neither pretense nor apology for its old-school death ways. Indeed, the album opens with a few moments of ominous sound effects and then it’s nothing but nineties-style brutal death for the next 37 minutes. Shredtastic leads, neck-breaking drums, and invocations of the Devil abound, eschewing all modern trends and tones to construct a living, growling monument to the glory days of the genre. Here at Thy Serpent’s Cult’s Home for Wayward Carcass Fans, you never have to worry about fancy digital effects or progressive bloat, just riffs, solos and Satan. Frenzied chugging rhythms, a punchy bass, and hateful growls and gurgles take us back to the days of honest-to-Satan death metal. You know, all that stuff that never gets old…

…or does it? Keeping a 20+ years-old sub-genre frozen in time can be tough to do without rendering the sound downright stale, and there are more than a few moments throughout Supremacy that might find listeners scratching their metal heads and wondering where they heard that riff before. Songs like “Goddess of Lust” and “Pedophiliac Priest” certainly kick their fair share of ass, but it’s all ass that’s been previously kicked to Hell and back by the likes of CarcassMorbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse. Everything sounds just as evil and aggressive as you would expect from a band emulating such hallowed heroes of hateful heaviness, and therein lies the dividing line between those who will and will not join the CultSupremacy sounds the way you expect it to because you can expect it to sound a certain way, being that it’s a very straightforward attempt to simply keep the genre alive, rather than expounding upon anything at all. Guitarist JC noodles and chugs along to vocalist Hatred’s throatier take on Nathan Explosion, high-gain guitar solos get accentuated by bassist Black Dwarf as Strife pummels it all forward on the skins, and after roughly 40 minutes we arrive at our destination: division. Where some will hear idol worship and a sonic tribute to days long gone, others will hear unambitious mimicry and a distinct lack of innovation, but which opinion is right?

The answer, of course, is ‘mine’ and it is such: subjectivity, yo. I, for one, am not in any particularly great need of a ‘new’ old-school death metal album, as I find the sound to be largely repetitive now that everybody and their mother has been doing it for a few decades. That said, Thy Serpent’s Cult know exactly what they’re about and don’t pretend that they’re anything they’re not, and if you love any of the bands mentioned above then you will love this. Thy Serpent’s Cult dedicated 9 years to keeping the dream of the nineties death metal scene alive and well, and though this is to be their last album together, they’ve managed to craft something which has by rights already stood the test of time. Maybe it’s not for you, listening to Deafheaven and Snapchat-ing selfies in your shiny new Ray Bans, but you there, with your wallet-chain wrapped around the neck of said Deafhipster as your ever-fading Butchered at Birth cassette drowns out their screams… this one’s for you.

Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Ordo MCM Records
Websites: Too Serpent Kvlt for Interwebz
Releases Worldwide: October 23rd, 2017

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  • Wes Allen

    I forgot to look at who wrote the review. Then I saw “yo.”

    • You ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ yet. By the time my reign of terror here is put on a suspicious sabbatical, I expect the Muppet name to be on the same notorious grounds as The Happy One. There will be scars.

      • Wes Allen

        I expect nothing less. By the way, congrats on the apparent conclusion of your probationary writership and entrance into illustrious AMG tenure.

        • Thanks yo! It’s still a bit weird for me where I’ve been a fan for fuckin ever, and I have a lot of learning-curve catchup to play still where I’ve never had to do anything with html nonsense prior to this (big factor in the delay between this and my last review) but it’s fuckin sweet all the same.
          I’m gonna miss it when I end up getting banned and having to burn it all to the ground.

          • Wes Allen

            Just don’t mention dicks and you’re safe.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Whaddya mean?

          • I can’t have nice things.

          • Name’s Dalton


          • Name’s Dalton

            Also, congrats on the termination of your probationary status. Now go review the new Unsane album. Please.

          • It’s a bit late for that one, and my TYMHM : time-to-write ratio is daunting enough as it is, but I’ve heard rumours that if you play something brutal and utter the name “Kronos” thrice, the The Spirit of Trvth will come to you in your sleep and leave metalz under your pillow.
            I mean… We don’t discuss these things with your kind.

          • Name’s Dalton


          • Who knows.

          • In hindsight, I went full Drew there, and I’m not supposed to do that. The English version: “I’m probably too swamped to do that one, your best bet is to hope that Kronos has already accredited it as being TYMHM worthy.”

      • Iain Gleasure

        Are you Canadian like Diabolus with that Bachman Turner Overdrive throwback? And if so why does AMG hate all their Canadian writers?

        • Because they’re Canadian. I’m from Maine, and I hate me a little for it too.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            I physically love myself for being Canadian.

  • Kudos and thanks to whoever put the website info in, I’m downright ashamed that I didn’t think of that.

    • Don’t worry, it went on your tab. Debts, yo.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      I was expecting a ROSK review from you Drew. Loving that album btw.
      It hits and rolls like Vertikal with more blasting than COL.
      Thanks for the recommendation.

      • The things I babble about it in the comments are typically my own discoveries separate from the site, I like to keep the reviews a surprise.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          The things I babble about must….never….leave…the ….Hall.

      • Name’s Dalton

        What’s ROSK?

        • A glorious atmospheric black metal act. I only recently discovered them and don’t know if they have more to their catalog, but I’ve fallen pretty hard for Miasma by them. Less discordant or savage than a lot of your typical fare, but I tried to summon you too when I made my initial outburst regarding them on another review.

          • Name’s Dalton

            I feel that I have failed you, and I will make my way to Bandcamp to rectify this slight.

          • Name’s Dalton

            …and I just bought it.

          • You’re alright.

          • I just realized the dude from Ennoven is responsible for ROSK, which surprises me. Ennoven are excellent, but this is fuckin brilliant.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Back to Bandcamp I go…

          • Oh dude, you didn’t know Ennoven? You’re welcome haha

          • Name’s Dalton

            I know few black metal bands, and have heard even fewer. Just basically Deafheaven.

            I kid, I kid.

  • Dr. Wvrm

    If you’ll allow me to be Thatguy for a moment:
    1.5/5 for the Christmas season-meets-Keebler Elves-re-imagining of a classic cover with a bonus -.5 for the band photo name plates, because to quote the Rock, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS.

    • Great, now we have TWO Thatguys to deal with!

      • Eli Valcik

        The Other Guys?

      • Thatguy

        There can be only one…

        I actually would like to see name labels more often – it would only add to my fun.

        The embedded track is a solid 2.5 so thanks MoM.

        • Name’s Dalton

          Ah my Highlander friend.

          • Thatguy


            Or French…

  • Innit Bartender

    Band names in Old Gothic = old guy me sighs of nostalgia and relief.
    Good review BTW. And I had to google “crunkcore”.

    • Thanks, and I’m sorry to have opened that door for you!

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      It’s never wise to Google the word ‘core’ in any context IMHO

      • AgonMcDuck

        Stone Temple Pilots album tho

    • Nukenado

      Here you go.

  • Ferrous Beuller

    ……………….. Black Dwarf?

  • Unwanted Guest

    Fair review! While it’s not hard to imagine someone slap this as one of the copycats, and it’s a legitimate criticism, I really like the embed track and other songs on the label’s bandcamp. Those sound like tribal and gory version of Morbid Angel’s Domination. I’m enjoying how accurate they reproduce the strongest hooks of MA’s riffs! They need to add more originality, but I’ve started to like them.

    I would bought the album instantly unless I’d bought ANIMA DAMNATA’s Nefarious Seed Grows to Bring Forth Supremacy of the Beast, I decided to listen it for this month. For the time being, I add Supremacy in my to-buy-list.

    Thank you for introducing the good death metal band.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I’m not going listen to this, and before you accuse me of anything. It’s not because I’m listening to Deafheaven. It’s because I’m in a hurry to get to my local pop up kimchi store before it closes.

  • Man that’s what I’d thought I’d snagged, it was a bit of a disappointment when I re-read the promo listing but I stuck with it anyway. They’re not terrible, but Thy Serpent were way more my thing.