AOR Heaven 2015
"Circle Of Knives" is album number three of Welsh band lead by Gareth David Noon (key) and Chris Gould (g). Despite some line-up-changes SERPENTINE deliver their best record so far in many respects (songwriting, sound, arrangements), which in addition to that offers the hardest parts of the band's history.
Recorded at Gary Hughes' (TEN) studio, the sound is noble and almost majestic. New frontman Adam Payne (TIDAL), who occasionally sounds like Hughes himself, is also able to provide almost metal-like vocals when it comes to lower pitch ("Season Of The Witch") or extremely emotional parts ("Bleed") when the songs require him to. Gould on guitar, too, delivers breathtaking and variable work.
The epic touch to the material, which is more or less present all the time, seems not to be artificial at any given time. Therefore listeners can find lots of details which make the album enjoyable on a long-term basis. Melodic rock with a huge amount of AOR as well as some screaming metal guitars and pompous keyboards all over the place.
SERPENTINE can do and magnificently manage to walk on many different grounds.