Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Immortal Incubation,” the new single from Vancouver-based melodic death metal act, DUNGEON SERPENT. The track is a precursor to the band’s impending debut album, World Of Sorrows, nearing July release through Nameless Grave Records.
Spawned from the misty woodland gloom of British Columbia in 2018, DUNGEON SERPENT is the creation of one Arawn, who has taken his time in the creation and refining of the act’s debut album, now emerging with the stronghold World Of Sorrows. With five expansive, brutal, and archaic movements of melodic death metal carnage, the album fuses influence from brutal acts of the genre, citing Intestine Baalism, Molested, Vehemence, and Mi’gauss, with the dense layering of Rotting Christ and Eucharist. Once combined with the forsaken Canadian tradition of hyperblast, the outfit forms a sound that is at once blistering yet also introspective and mournful, a vortex of low, morbid tremolo riffs, maniac blastbeats, vehement guttural vocals, and powerful atmospheric melodies, converging to perfectly embody the somber mysticism and fantasy-oriented lyrics.
With this mix of ideas and sounds, DUNGEON SERPENT mastermind Arawn proves himself to be well beyond the stale revivalist trends and feeble-minded bland ignorance that plagues the modern metal underground. Channeling obscure and somewhat eclectic influences to create an exciting style of death metal, DUNGEON SERPENT explores new musical ideas while never abandoning the genre’s signature speed and brutality in the process.
With the premiere of “Immortal Incubation,” Decibel writes in part, “Described as archaic, avant-garde, monstrous, World Of Sorrows is a new era of old-school, violent yet melodic death metal. This is like Austria’s long-defunct Miasma teaming up with Sweden’s maybe-active Eucharist for a menacing roll through Demigod’s pre-1992 material.”
Arawn reveals, “‘Immortal Incubation’s’ brutal combination of harrowing NYDM and sinister, elegant melodic death metal a la The Red In The Sky Is Ours makes it one of my favorite songs from the record. It runs through a maze of vicious tremolo riffs at lightning speed, and morbid percussion offsets ominous doom-laded sections of bass-heavy devastation. Triumphant and beautiful but also gloomier than anything else on the album, it falls into a special intersection for me of self-reflection and sheer, unparalleled aggression.”
Hear DUNGEON SERPENT’s “Immortal Incubation” first through Decibel Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
World Of Sorrows was written by Arawn, who performs guitars, vocals, and bass, and programming. The record was recorded January through March of 2021 at 6085 Productions by producer J. Hook who provides additional programming, mixed by Andrew Lee, mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studios. The record features interior Illustrations by M. Lin, photography/graphics by Arawn, layout by Arawn and Brandon Corsair, and Thomas Cole’s “The Course Of Empire: Desolation” as the main cover.
Nameless Grave Records will release World Of Sorrows on CD and all digital platforms on July 16th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Necroscope” is playing HERE. A vinyl pressing will follow late in the year.
Watch for additional audio previews and announcements to post over the weeks ahead.