Snakes For The Divine
Label: Century Media
High-test doom metal badass Matt Pike delivers a fifth studio album with the same crew he used for Death Is This Communion: that's bassist Jeff Matz and founding drummer Des Kensel. At over eight minutes, the opener sets the tone, with trebly riffage a la Celtic Frost (when they aren't playing opera) and a solo as psychedelic as it is shred-tastic. From there, Pike and company churn forth seven more doom-thrash workouts of unassailable heaviness. His Lemmy-as-caveman vocals and the fractured solo on Bathory homage "Fire, Flood and Plague" are things you don't want to miss.