The Legendary Original Incubus

INCUBUS I Serpent Temptation, raging speedy thrash metal that borders on death metal music, pretty vicious and potent stuff!, one of the first examples of death metal intended to take the typical sounds of thrash metal to extremes.

Their Brazilian Thrash Metal Roots

Serpent Temptation deserves greater recognition for its exceptional quality and enduring impact. This album serves as a powerful testament to the unmatched ferocity of the original Incubus, signifying a momentous milestone in the realms of both death metal and thrash metal with its exceptional musical prowess, it leaves an indelible mark on the genres and stands as a remarkable achievement.

The Pioneering Force

To begin with, the original Incubus from Brazil captivated audiences in the 1980s with their unrivaled heaviness, speed, and intensity. Additionally, they were among the first bands to successfully fuse death metal and thrash metal genres. However, due to copyright issues with a pop band sharing the same name, they had to undergo a period of inactivity and rebrand themselves as Opprobrium.

Meticulously Crafted Riffs

Moving on, the defining feature of Incubus – Serpent Temptation lies in its meticulously crafted and executed riffs. Notably, each song showcases an intricacy rarely associated with such extreme bands. Moreover, the album effortlessly transitions between slower tempos that create oppressively heavy riffs and lightning-fast tremolo passages.

Guitar Mastery and Songwriting Brilliance

In addition, the talent of guitarist Francis M. Howard shines through with mind-blowing riffs and superior songwriting. Their early song structures and riffs serve as a testament to the band’s remarkable capabilities during this formative period. Furthermore, their musical prowess becomes even more refined in their subsequent album, Beyond the Unknown.

Raw Production and Commanding Guitar Tone

Moreover, the raw production of Serpent Temptation complements the guitar work, resulting in a distinct distortion sound reminiscent of bands like Exhorder and Demolition Hammer. Particularly, the album’s commanding guitar tone is immediately evident in the opening of “Sadistic Sinner,” setting the stage for an exhilarating experience.

Drumming Excellence

Furthermore, it is the drummer’s unique hyper-snare style that truly sets Incubus – Serpent Temptation apart. Notably, this style contributes to the album’s claim as one of the fastest thrash metal recordings. Interestingly, while some may mistake it for blast-beats due to its lightning-fast tempo, closer scrutiny reveals a skillful execution of a thrash beat style—a remarkable achievement.

Challenging Conventions

Additionally, Incubus’s ability to perform thrash beats at tempos that no other band dared to attempt is truly exceptional. Surprisingly, this challenges the widespread belief that death metal and black metal bands using blast-beats are inherently faster than thrash. In fact, the album’s intensity sometimes borders on grind-core, yet it remains firmly rooted in the thrash metal realm, making it a unique offering.

In conclusion, Incubus – Serpent Temptation – Reissue is an exceptional album that deserves greater recognition. Undoubtedly, its impact on the death metal and thrash metal genres cannot be overstated. Ultimately, the band’s musical prowess and unparalleled ferocity make it a milestone in the realm of extreme metal.

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Incubus | Serpent Temptation

Release Date : November 5, 2021
Artist : Incubus
Genre : Thrash Metal
Catalog ref. : BRUT89529
Format : Digital Download

Tracks:
1. The Battle of Armageddon
2. Voices from the Grave
3. Sadistic Sinner
4. Incubus
5. Blaspheming Prophets
6. Serpent temptation
7. Underground Killers
8. Hunger for Power