Serpentine – Living and Dying in high Definition (2011)
The British melodic rock band Serpentine was founded in 2007, but only in 2010
did they release their debut album “A Touch of Heaven”. The album made quite an
impact and got good critics throughout. The band’s voice is Tony Mills, who had
already been successful with TNT and Shy. The five musicians re-define the whole
melodic rock genre and they can totally convince their fans with their musical
Dear friends of the hard sounds, in this review I will be rather soft-spoken.
The album “Living and Dying in high Definition” was produced at the M2 studios
in Wolfhampton / England, and sound-wise, the CD is top limit. The musicians
know their genre and are able to conjure their very own mood in the songs, Tony
Mills’s voice fits perfectly with the songs.
The songs are full of variation and played well; guitars, keyboard and drums
blend well with each other, the whole thing is completed by Tony Mills’s great
singing. When I first listened to the CD, I was not sure if I was in the right
decade, because it sounds like the 80s and I was reminded of great rock bands of
that time. But every following song made me like the CD more, the sound is not
dusty, but a mix of traditional melodic rock and modern sounds.
Conclusion: The songs sound very modern, but can keep up with the classics. I’m
quite sure, Serpentine is right there up front with bands like America or Kansas
and their music will be able to thrill the audience. If the band can keep their
high level, they might be able to attain cult status for the melodic rock genre.
The cover differs from the previous album only in color, it show the dragon that
is typical for the band. But I have to say, I like it, and I kind of expect
something like that from a rock band. I can’t say anything about the booklet,
because my CD is a press version, so I can’t give points for it.