Roel de Haan : Cor Serpentii is new French outfit consisting of (former) Insain and Orakle member. This ‘Phenomankind’ is their first and self-released album. Insain played brutal tech death and Orakle plays progressive black metal, the pairing of members seems an odds choice. But Cor Serpentii’s music is so different from these bands, it doesn’t seem to matter at all. On ‘Phenomankind’ is a technical, thrashy, melodic and thrilling rollercoaster of black/thrash metal with a few progressive injections. Screams and epic clean vocals go hand in hand with super-fast drumming, leads and a modern thrash riff-o-rama. And almost as an afterthought some Dream Theater musings are present as well. Technical, energetic and superbly executed, it is hard to imagine this is a debut and them not being signed. Fans of technical and progressive extreme metal are urged to check them out.