August 21, 2013
Several years ago, before RUST was even RUST, we got Serpent Throne’s White Summer – Black Winter CD and it was one of the first (and many) great albums that the nice people at Prophase Music have sent us to review. So we were pleased on many levels to see the new Serpent Throne LP Brother Lucifer in our mailbox. Of course, we wanted to hear it, but we were also happy that this great band had not only survived to make another album, but that it was available on vinyl.
We had no idea when we put that delicious piece of hardened petroleum on our turntable that Brother Lucifer was not just going to be a great album, but that it was going to a legendary, amazing, timeless work of musical intensity and integrity. This album compares to the best classic hard rock and heavy metal from the best bands in their prime. And, on occasion, beats them handily.
One subject we keep bumping into at RUST is that bands get labeled and pigeon-holed into a narrow audience, and that this labeling relegates bands to second-class status. The issue is that when a band gets called a great pop band or a great metal band, that the insinuation is that they are great only within a limited space. And the message that readers of the modern diluted music press get is that you would like this band or that band IF you like this style or that style of music. It’s like there’s a built-in disclaimer that limits the public’s expectation of a new album or artist.
So what we have tried to do at RUST is to appreciate bands on their individual merits, not on a pre-established sliding scale of comparison to other bands. This is particularly relevant to Brother Lucifer as, yes, it is a heavy metal album, but it’s so damn good that it almost doesn’t matter what lineage it has sprung from and it doesn’t matter what kind of music fan a person is to be simply stunned by how excellent it is.
Musicians today struggle to be heard. We talk to them all day long and though there are financial realities and dreams of stardom still do come true… sometimes, all musicians want in this world is for people to hear them. So when an album comes out like Brother Lucifer, it defies genre classification and it’s not appropriate or fair to compare them to other bands.
Serpent Throne’s 4th album Brother Lucifer is simply amazing. The musicianship is transcendental, meaning that it is excellent on it’s own merits, and is not just a good album within a narrow style description. You could say that this one of the all-time greatest-ever heavy metal albums, and that would be true. But Brother Lucifer is one of the all-time greatest-ever albums period. It’s just plain legendary. Esse