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Serdce’s new album Timelessness is streaming now – have a listen to one of the contenders for album of the year!

Serdce Timelessness

Serdce’s Timelessness is an album I have been looking forward to for quite some time; ever since we heard the first streams of songs from the Belorussian progressive metal band. Serdce have been signed to Finnish label Blood Music, who have received a lot of coverage lately for their ultra-awesome vinyl releases, and are set to release their fourth album in about a week. But, prior to that, Blood Music have been kind enough to give us a stream of the album in full, so you can try before you buy. And based on what I am hearing, you should really want to buy.

I admit, I had not heard of Serdce at all before our good friends at No Clean Singing premiered a song called “Quasar / Newborn, but now I cannot get enough of them. Serdce’s sound is excellent, something built off the shoulders of Dream Theater, Cynic, and Pestilence. It’s progressive death metal that twists, turns, and challenges the listener, but doesn’t just batter you senseless; it has moments of lucidity in between weaving the crazy guitar work. Jazzy sections and breathier clean sections are found among the heavy tastefully technical progressive metal sections, and the heavy layers and progressive flairs on the album are drawing many comparisons to early Cynic, while the arrangement is more akin to Ihsahn or Devin Townsend.

Within these structures, Serdce weave a sound that is well and truly their own. Tracks such as “Quasar/Newborn” have a sense of wonder, while opener “Samadhi” adds a strange whiff of twinkling jazzy madness to the proceedings, with a winding harmonized lead guitar section punctuated by top notch drumming. The guitar tone is tight and punchy, and the drums have a snap to them that is rare in so many releases these days. Ultimately, this will absolutely be in consideration for album of the year.

Timelessness will be released on Blood Music on June 17th. Pre-orders can be made through Blood Music’s store.

Kevin writer banner Jan 2014