To call Vancouver-based project Dungeon Serpent "melodic death metal" does it a disservice, so suddenly comparing it to the army of Gothencore riff-lifters which overran the metal scene in the 2000s. No, Dungeon Serpent is death metal which just happens to be melodic, a tumultuous exercise in eerie atmospheres and thick, chunky riffcraft which transcends the influences to which he cites below. At times stately, at others relentless, Dungeon Serpent's debut -- a random Bandcamp find on the Nameless Grave Records' behalf which ultimately improved production by a team which includes the likes of Ripped to Shreds' Andrew Lee and the inimitable Dan Lowndes of Resonance Sound Studio -- eschews the Gothenburg sound for something more organically death metal, but with a melodic chip on its shoulder. In "Decay," which is streaming ahead of full-length World of Sorrows' official and complete release below, expect catchy and melodic riffs, to be certain, but with a brawn which can only be expected from the old masters.

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From the artist:

To me, "Decay" is the philosophical cornerstone and musical origin of all Dungeon Serpent material, perfectly conveying the atmosphere of a forever fading yet majestic time. Through a sequence of evocative and energetic speed-death riffs inspired by Mi’Gauss and Amon Amarth, it conveys the majesty of a long-lost world in its prime, slowing down and leading into a longer improvised solo paying homage to classic '70s rock bands like The Eagles, Outlaws, Thin Lizzy, and Funkadelic. "Decay" very perfectly embodies the eternal decline of all human achievements, be it personal or cultural in slow nostalgic glory, and our vain efforts to preserve an era that no longer is.

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World of Sorrows releases July 16th on Nameless Grave Records.

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