Marduk - Serpent Sermon


7.9 | 172 votes |
Release date: 25 May 2012
Style: Black metal

Owners:

162 have it
19 want it


01. Serpent Sermon
02. Messianic Pestilence
03. Souls For Belial
04. Into Second Death
05. Temple Of Decay
06. Damnation's Gold
07. Hail Mary (Piss-Soaked Genuflexion)
08. M.A.M.M.O.N.
09. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades
11. Coram Satanae [Limited edition bonus]

Line-up
Mortuus - vocals
Morgan - guitars
Lars Broddesson - drums
Devo - bass

Additional info
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Norway: May 25th
UK / Benelux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Rest of Europe: May 28th
Spain / Italy: May 29th
Sweden / Finland / Hungary: May 30th
Australia / New Zealand: June 1st
USA/Canada: June 5th

Staff review by
BitterCOld
Rating:
7.5
Hearing that blazing black metalers Marduk had, gasp, evolved or whatever during their careers from the blurring blast beat battery of (occasional guilty pleasure) Panzer Division Marduk, I thought I'd check to see what they are up to nowadays.

Before popping the disk into the tray and hitting play, I came up with a list of expectations:

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published 16.06.2012 | Comments (14)

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27.03.2012 - 12:06
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
M.A.M.M.O.N was a cool song, if this album has the same quality all the time this will definitely be an improvement from Wormwood which was a good album but lacked in some parts.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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25.05.2012 - 11:05
Rating: 8
Moosh666
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.03.2012 at 12:06

M.A.M.M.O.N was a cool song, if this album has the same quality all the time this will definitely be an improvement from Wormwood which was a good album but lacked in some parts.


Agreed, Wormwood was mediocre. Listening to this one right now...
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25.05.2012 - 11:37
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Moosh666 on 25.05.2012 at 11:05
Agreed, Wormwood was mediocre. Listening to this one right now...

I wouldn't call Wormwood mediocre, I liked it a lot but unfortunately it felt like some b sides from ROM 5:12 which in itself isn't that bad as I love that album. There are some meh-moments but also some of my favorite Marduk songs as well. I also give them credit for trying to make a "slow album" but still pack as much Marduk-ness as they can. It could have been a bit better, true... But it could have been waaay worse.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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25.05.2012 - 11:49
Rating: 8
Moosh666
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.05.2012 at 11:37

Written by Moosh666 on 25.05.2012 at 11:05
Agreed, Wormwood was mediocre. Listening to this one right now...

I wouldn't call Wormwood mediocre, I liked it a lot but unfortunately it felt like some b sides from ROM 5:12 which in itself isn't that bad as I love that album. There are some meh-moments but also some of my favorite Marduk songs as well. I also give them credit for trying to make a "slow album" but still pack as much Marduk-ness as they can. It could have been a bit better, true... But it could have been waaay worse.


It just wasn't my cup of tea, nor was ROM 5:12, but this album however sounds good to me, I'm picking it up June 1st when it comes to my neck of the woods. \m/
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25.05.2012 - 11:51
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Moosh666 on 25.05.2012 at 11:49

It just wasn't my cup of tea, nor was ROM 5:12, but this album however sounds good to me, I'm picking it up June 1st when it comes to my neck of the woods. \m/


Oh well, to me ROM 5:12 was the best thing Marduk has ever done so no wonder we differ. I thank Mortuus for that, his influence (specially from his band, Funeral Mist) since he joined Marduk has been great. Putting down the blastblastblast a little in order to achieve a more mature and complex songwriting. Not to mention that Mortuus is one of my favorite BM vocalist. Unique style.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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25.05.2012 - 11:57
Rating: 8
Moosh666
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.05.2012 at 11:51

Written by Moosh666 on 25.05.2012 at 11:49

It just wasn't my cup of tea, nor was ROM 5:12, but this album however sounds good to me, I'm picking it up June 1st when it comes to my neck of the woods. \m/


Oh well, to me ROM 5:12 was the best thing Marduk has ever done so no wonder we differ. I thank Mortuus for that, his influence (specially from his band, Funeral Mist) since he joined Marduk has been great. Putting down the blastblastblast a little in order to achieve a more mature and complex songwriting. Not to mention that Mortuus is one of my favorite BM vocalist. Unique style.


Mortuus was a very suitable replacement when Legion left, I do enjoy his vocal work, I just guess I enjoyed Plague Angel more.
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27.05.2012 - 21:39
Fredd
Account deleted
Into second death is awesome.
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28.05.2012 - 01:17
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
I'm not really impressed by this at all. This album is entirely too slow to be a Marduk album. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the album is without fast parts, I'm just used to the buzzsaw speedy Marduk.
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Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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28.05.2012 - 03:28
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious
Wow......this album has exceeded my expectations. I declare this one the most enjoyable Marduk album to come out in the last 10+ years! Well done!
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28.05.2012 - 03:42
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
This is going to be one of those "dividing" albums...
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.05.2012 - 16:43
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2012 at 03:42

This is going to be one of those "dividing" albums...


Why do you think so?
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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28.05.2012 - 16:47
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.05.2012 at 16:43
Why do you think so?

Because it's a slightly more atmospheric driven mid-pace black metal album with hints of melody by a big-name black metal band that definitely shed the skin of their back catalog with this release.

Some people will love the sound, others definitely won't.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.05.2012 - 16:50
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2012 at 16:47

Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.05.2012 at 16:43
Why do you think so?

Because it's a slightly more atmospheric driven mid-pace black metal album with hints of melody by a big-name black metal band that definitely shed the skin of their back catalog with this release.

Some people will love the sound, others definitely won't.


Well, I'm still curious because ROM 5:12 had many of those features too: A full 5-min ambient track, choirs, melodies and mid-pace moments...And Wormwood was just a further development into that sound.

So what you are telling isn't surprising at all.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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28.05.2012 - 16:55
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.05.2012 at 16:50
So what you are telling isn't surprising at all.

It wasn't supposed to be any kind of surprise. :/ I'm just saying this album pretty much solidifies the fact they aren't what they used to be. I think it took me a few of the mid-pace Satyricon albums to fully come to terms with the fact they were never going to return to form.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.05.2012 - 17:00
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2012 at 16:55

Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.05.2012 at 16:50
So what you are telling isn't surprising at all.

It wasn't supposed to be any kind of surprise. :/ I'm just saying this album pretty much solidifies the fact they aren't what they used to be. I think it took me a few of the mid-pace Satyricon albums to fully come to terms with the fact they were never going to return to form.


I thought the confirmation was with Wormwood. Surprising was the wrong word... But what I wanted to tell you is that this won't be "the dividing" album, Wormwood had already that title imo.

Still, what you are telling me sounds great to me since I really enjoy the previous two albums which to me are their best and most interesting material... Although like you said, I'm aware some people will hate it.


EDIT: Then again, I guess it's how the saying goes, the third one counts.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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31.05.2012 - 20:29
Savopipo
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.05.2012 at 11:51

Written by Moosh666 on 25.05.2012 at 11:49

It just wasn't my cup of tea, nor was ROM 5:12, but this album however sounds good to me, I'm picking it up June 1st when it comes to my neck of the woods. \m/


Oh well, to me ROM 5:12 was the best thing Marduk has ever done so no wonder we differ. I thank Mortuus for that, his influence (specially from his band, Funeral Mist) since he joined Marduk has been great. Putting down the blastblastblast a little in order to achieve a more mature and complex songwriting. Not to mention that Mortuus is one of my favorite BM vocalist. Unique style.


For once I totally agree with Doc!
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01.06.2012 - 22:29
Vombatus
Potorro
This one is good, like anything Marduk has done for a while (even if people persist in refering to them exclusively for Panzer-era and all the "norsecore" ).

Some very nice riffs, Mortuus great as always, varied and interesting structure. Sometimes the drums sounds like a helicopter hahaha, kinda cool
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15.06.2012 - 11:35
s_t_s
Haven't listened to it enough to make a clear statement, but one thing is sure : it's harder to get into it than with Rom 5:12 and Wormwood... Good album tho and I also tend to prefer the "modern" Marduk than the old style (you may guess I'm not a long time follower
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15.06.2012 - 18:14
Rating: 7
Koen Smits
Better than Rom 5:12 and Wormwood and those were good.
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23.06.2012 - 06:47
Rating: 7
Destructo
A bit disappointed with this one.
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30.06.2012 - 01:54
It's been a long time ago a bought a Marduk LP but I must say that the review by Troy Killjoy is correct. Fast, catchy songs in the beginning, and as the album approaches his end the songs become more slow and less
catchy. Neverless, this is a great LP from a (still) great band. I don't know how to rate but I give it 8.
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30.06.2012 - 11:56
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by PieterTemmerman on 30.06.2012 at 01:54

It's been a long time ago a bought a Marduk LP but I must say that the review by Troy Killjoy is correct.


BitterCOld wrote the review
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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30.06.2012 - 18:43
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.06.2012 at 11:56
BitterCOld wrote the review

Maybe he was referring to my comments in the album/review thread, or maybe the OBC and I are becoming one and the same.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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30.06.2012 - 21:52
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.06.2012 at 18:43
maybe the OBC and I are becoming one and the same.


BitterTRoy
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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21.09.2012 - 03:08
Rating: 7
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
"Temple Of Decay" is great .
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12.11.2012 - 21:05
Rating: 7
Opethian
Written by Destructo on 23.06.2012 at 06:47

A bit disappointed with this one.


same here
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