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Matthew Toye Given Jarno's pedigree you'd think this would be a regular Finnish death metal album. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Serpent Ascending's exploration of the occult make it wholly unique. Favorite track: Entrance.
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Darg Even though we see Serpent Ascending clearly departing from the strictly esoteric way of making music that has taken metal aesthetic to unassailable heights and dreamworlds unimaginable to the materialist, we see in Ananku a one-sided approach to understanding; esoteric in its language and symbols, but exoteric on the musical side, however beautifully laced its details may be. Favorite track: Mound Of Ing.
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Entrance 04:02
Thoughts have smothered and throats plead for water Lifetimes forgotten where the rain brought me down to land On the leaves now to burn turning into a desert Cut off my head and feed me to vultures Behind the veils of sand guide me down the passage Of olden black gates the river’s ran through Where the stars glisten in red twilight shores Gleaming dark and purple water’s entangling edge Fires in the distance the nymphs dance on the surge Queen of the seas – Let me drown in your fathoms “Prisoned on watery shore, Starry jealousy does keep my den Cold and hoar; Weeping o’er, I hear the father of the ancient men Break this heavy chain, That does freeze my bones around! Selfish, vain, Eternal bane, That free love with bondage bound”
Black veil of funeral on your love Kiss like a child in denial and lust Dying hopes of innocence Glow so deep to eyes of man Impure some say Burning the skin between Branches entangled on feet and hands Bound in deadly spikes Darkening woods that betray in their will Melting away in the stream Floating in crimson rifts that tear us apart The blood of the earth
Sudden dark states Twilight halls Insane isn’t it To roam these dark lands To die every autumn To awake in another mind
Karelides 03:41
Inherit the mountains forever descending Inherit the glory hidden under layers of sand Inherit the tragedies giving birth to nations Pass forward the seeds of repentance In miserable forgotten shacks In shame of centuries turning to millennia
Ananku I 04:21
Burden of our holy lands Seduction of earthly shapes Chained to this birth of exploit To swallow the seed, then left To be raped again and again Strangled in the backwoods Cavities filled with slime and cum To gloriously adore your beauty in oblivion, in disgust To be desired as a lover unwanted To be used as a whore so loathed Abandoned as a child choked on the cord Pitied, ashamed and disgraced The savior of the weak The defender of false rights The destroyers of Nature’s hierarchy Tender-hearted conquerors Tearing down the golden halls Creation of the most shallow To replace the highest god “And you see the stars are changing When you walk at borders of the night You hear there's something moving A dim light crawling at the edge of your sight You know the gate has closed When you turn around and return”
Ananku II 03:20
Hidden under the surface of the world known Repulsive and malicious, hideously depressive Feminine force imbalanced and misunderstood Seeking ways to manifest, blocked and turned to transgressive sexuality Passive tyranny, faith in enlightenment Moral castration in the maze of omnivision Veils of flesh hide our mother the bringer of death Show us the end is in sight and our time to leave Benign womb of darkness turn us to null again
Mound Of Ing 04:36
Swaying among the mounds Winding along the path A wreath of flowers you grant An offering of withering crops Lie among the fog unseen Shades in dreamlike states Of life and death that are of the same Sensed by an endless craving Silver disk on your garland Half a golden bow and black the rest As the earthfires bloom on your rusty hair Beneath the soil like a seed I lay dead
Male Atavism 04:55
Father your pride’s built in bitterness and despair Silence of men raped by war Behind times of struggle and ruin You were lost and forlorn Honour and manhood detached Subdued and displaced Rightful pride our strength of mind Our virtues condemned Brought down defenseless, infertile Impotent and inanimate Praise the phallic statues Awake the line of blood After all those years Our strength must rise Fear and weakness took control Victims for carnage to come The blind and complacent dream of bliss All the voids of nature will be filled Sons of the rapist god Earth our mother raped Know the time of revenge will come You will be replaced Warriors, poets and drunkards Holy men them all With or without faith Holy men them all With proud hearts we face the darkness Men standing at the verge of entropy Open our eyes to see the chaos ever more complex After every reaction broken never return into form Let these worlds end themselves While our thrones will keep our ideals strong But some of us will choose to leave this world Rightfully choose to leave this world



CD in jewel box, 12-page full color booklet complete with lyrics, printed on 170gr matte paper

Once in the ranks of the Finnish cult death metal acts Slugathor and Nerlich, over the years Jarno Nurmi has always taken a low profile. Many know him for being half of the Desecresy's line-up and a live member of Cosmic Church, but Nurmi is also active with SERPENT ASCENDING, the torchbearer of his peculiar death metal vision and occult concept. Nurmi gave birth to SERPENT ASCENDING in 2008, debuting 3 years later on I, Voidhanger Records with "The Enigma Unsettled," a collection of demos that drew attention to the band's traditional yet unconventional style.

SERPENT ASCENDING's first full-length album, "Aṇaṅku" is even more awe-inspiring. Rooted in the glorious old days of satanic death metal, it's not imprisoned in stale clichés and doesn't fall victim of abused canons. On the contrary, the album finds an original expressing way by weaving cavernous sounds and hallucinatory melodies together. Nurmi's profound growls and twisted choirs contribute to the ritualistic atmosphere that permeates the tracks, where hazy guitars grimly hover over a primitive drumming that provides an incessant, hypnotic thrust. The songs are short and to the point, but their apparent simplicity hides a very effective work on arrangements and instrumental dialogues; so much that each track looks like a sonic sigil, a true act of magick perfectly crafted and executed.

"Aṇaṅku" is a mesmerizing slab of death metal, fascinatingly shrouded in mystery and occultism. Hidden in the dark for years, it's now time for SERPENT ASCENDING to show its pronged tongue once again, and to fill our chalices with venom.


released September 16, 2016

Music & Lyrics by Jarno Nurmi
The quotations in 'Entrance' are excerpts
from 'The Earth's Answer' by William Blake

Recorded by Tommi Grönqvist & Jarno Nurmi
Mixed by Tommi Grönqvist

Mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony

Cover Art by Veera Pitkänen

Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli

Cat. n. IVR063


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