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Piel De Serpiente - Inevitable

Piel De Serpiente
by Fede "FedeRock" Taich at 10 April 2011, 11:43 PM

“Inevitable” is the new studio album from PIEL DE SERPIENTE, a melodic Hard Rock band with Heavy Metal influences out from Valencia, Spain. These Spanish dudes play Hard Rock with a lot of 80s influences that were derived from Metal bands like IRON MAIDEN and ACCEPT while taking a lot of influences from American Hard Rock. The cool thing about this band, just as their fellow Spanish band MAGO THE OZ and the Argentinian Power monsters RATA BLANCA, is that  the songs are all in the Spanish language. On this occasion, it is important to let you guys know that the Spanish / Latin America Hard Rock scene is stronger than ever, especially when it being distributed in the native language.

After listening to “Inevitable” it was very clear to me that these guys admire 80s Hard Rock and also serve as kind of a tribute band to the groups of that era. On this album PIEL DE SERPIENTE even had a song dedicated to the late and loved RONNIE JAMES DIO called “Ronnie James”, and also , an English song called “Sons Of The Night”.

The album is very mixed, and has a lot of different views to Heavy Metal from songs like “El Umbral“ that starts with a very similar riff to the intro riff of the IRON MAIDEN classic “Wasted Years” but from that intro goes into a very Rock N’ Roll verse and chorus that reminded me a lot of Latin rock acts like MANA for example but with a great instrumental part in the middle. On the other hand, “La Marca Del Fracaso” is an awesome Heavy Metal tune with great riffs, great drumming by Lopez and a great feel in general..

Sons Of The Night” is a great song that sounds a lot like HELLOWEEN, however, I think it is too much. It actually sounds like a HELLOWEEN song but with a less impressive vocal performance. That is, in my opinion, the problem with Latin American and Spanish bands as they try way too much to be the Spanish “IRON MAIDEN“ or the Argentinian “JUDAS PRIEST”. I think that way it’s easier to get more radio time and stuff like that and by that they get to a point that they sound too similar and that can be a problem. However, this album is very mixed and have some uniqueness.

Production wise, it was very dry. It sounded like something that a lot of Heavy Metal and Hard rock acts from the 80s loved to use. The players are skilled, especially Lopez, the female drummer that broke all the stigmas about girls in Metal and Rock N’ Roll in general. In conclusion, the Spanish and Latin Hard Rock/ Metal fans will definitely like this one, not so sure about the rest of the world,but hey, all the biggest bands in the world said that the Latin and Spanish fans are the greatest so maybe that’s all they need.

3 Star Rating

1. Corazones Salvajes
2. Rabia
3. El Umbral
4. Sangre
5. Estrellados Del Rock
6. Inevitable
7. Ronnie James
8. La Marea De Ayer
9. Suonos Perdidos
10. La Marca Del Diablo
11. Sons Of The Night 
Javi Pimentel - Guitar
Lufti Salah Al-Kharbuti - Vocals
Fher - Guitar
Emma Lopez - Drums
Romariet - Bass
Record Label: Pure Rock Records (Pure Steel Records)


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