Serpentine – Living And Dying In High Definition [2011]

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Country United Kingdom          

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members Chris Gould – Guitars,Backing Vocals, Gareth David Noon – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Gareth Vanstone – Bass,Backing Vocals, Roy Millward – Drums, Tony Mills – Vocals

Tracks 01. Deep Down (There’s A Price For Love), 02. Philadelphia, 03. Dreamer, 04. Love Is Blue, 05. Where Do We Go From Here, 06. Cry, 07. Best Days Of Our Lives, 08. Heartbreak Town, 09. Nuremberg, 10. Forgotten Heroes

Profile British melodic rock band “Serpentine” have returned with their second studio album “Living & dying in high definition”, a follow up to their 2010 debut “A touch of heaven”. The line up has remained unchanged featuring guitarists Christopher Gould and John Clews, keyboardist Gareth David Noon, drummer Charlie Skeggs, bassist Gareth Vanstone and veteran singer Tony Mills.

It has been decided that “Living…” would be the last album to feature Mills fronting the young band, and his replacement has been found in Matt Black, already a touring member of “Serpentine”.

In comparison to its predecessor, “Living…” is a considerable step ahead for the band, putting across a substantially heavier sound, moving from subtle AOR to melodic hard rock. Clearly the protagonist instrument is the twin guitar formation and though keyboards establish just as clear a presence as before, their role is mainly complementary. Songs like “Philadelphia”, “Dreamer”, “Cry” and “Heartbreak Town” are intense melodic hard rockers built on a sequence of infectious vocal and instrumental harmonies.

As a whole “Living…” has a similar essence to Tony’s early works with “Shy” though to be fair “Serpentine” seem to be in the process of establishing an identifiable sound of their own. Indeed “Serpentine’s second album is another step up the melodic rock ladder delivering a good handful of heavy melodic rock tunes.

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