Koen S. : Illum Adora, the German band from Zarathustra vocalist Hurricane Hellfukker releases its full length debut Of Serpentine Forces after some demos, a split and a live-album. The last known line-up was replaced by session musicians from different countries. The Dutch Haxa from Countess took care of the keyboards. Another Dutchman, Mortuum, drummer for Countess, the German Shargaz Isidor, guitarist/vocalist from Unholy War and the Italian bassist Jormundgand from In Corpore Mortis are performing on this album. A truly international companionship so to speak.
Of Serpentine Forces starts of as a F-5 tornado in its forty minute black metal trip. Raw, old school black is what is being offered. Thrash and punk influences are clearly present and a song like Nihil Negativum is almost a thrash metal anthem in a manner of speaking. While the music sounds raw and wild, it is still quite melodic and there are enough catchy choruses, like in Clashing Of Swords or Hic Sunt Dracones, which will get stuck in your head for days. There is also that old Watain vibe in the air and you can taste the hatred radiating from the title song Of Serpentine Forces or Under The Iron Of The Moon. The raspy vocals of Hurricane fit perfectly in this aggressive, barbaric black metal mess. I am not widely keen on the drum sound, but that is a personal matter.
Each musician recorded her/his own material and the mastering was done by Patrick W. Engel in the Temple Of Disharmony Studios, where he worked before with bands as Wederganger, Urfaust, Sargeist and Protector. Of Serpentine Forces is a ruthless and memorable album that I will buy and play with great pleasure, but do not expect a masterpiece, it is just a very entertaining album by an entertaining band that I would love to see live.