Present Serpent

by Moanhand

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Steve Rodger Bought as part of my attempt to expand my horizons which I worry have become somewhat narrowed.
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Mug One of the better musical amalgams I've heard in a hot minute. The emotion is there, the heaviness is fully in tact, it bares it's ugly fangs at all the right moments. Fuck yes, Roman. Favorite track: Serpent Soul (A Tale of Angels’ Slaughter).
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1.
Through the ages of carnage I free the souls from lie Through the ages of carnage I’m never satisfied Doom and rage of my nature are The sequel of their prayers And revenge burns my veins ‘cause I will never die Scent of their blood - holy pleasure that through the angels’ cries makes me alive Hangman? Am I? The same odd presage that from the birth to grave fills their minds Resurrection of my time I'll cut off their wings they're fucking mine Demon’s blood I forced them to drink You’ll never bleach that was born in black I sail the seas of their flesh In the winds of endless dying All their wings are my flame ‘cause The dream of my life is to fly Scent of their blood - holy pleasure that through the angels’ cries makes me alive Hangman? Am I? The same odd presage that from the birth to grave fills their minds Through the ages of carnage I’m never satisfied Scent of their blood - holy pleasure that through the angels’ cries makes me alive Hangman? Am I? The same odd presage that from the birth to grave fills their minds Resurrection of my time I'll cut off their wings they're fucking mine Demon’s blood I forced them to drink You’ll never bleach that was born in black
2.
“Salvation is when you follow me” Drain the seas that you gave us to see Everything bleeds when I touch your hand Since that day my eyes are in unfocused phase Pray for light and blow these trumpets Raw prosperity Even if you heard your savior Return the wings like a proud son Even if you saw this ruined soul Never let him touch your charming heart Damnation is the burning shine Every flower bleeds from this side of garden Turn this endless sand into sea of wine Thirst will never end, thirst makes me alive Pray for light and blow these trumpets Raw prosperity Even if you heard your savior Return the wings like a proud son Even if you saw this ruined soul Never let him touch your charming heart
3.
Nightwings 05:56
Howling ground pulls me down And drains my view Let the night take us far away Look around, the haze comes down Warm and pure Now I surround you to lift you high At night we fly Leave it all and drift through the space Look around, the moon grows bright Free and calm So now I surround you to lift you high At night we fly Leave it all and drift through warm waves of this night We’ll fly The space is in your mind, let it breathe Now I surround you to lift you higher At night we fly Leave it all and drift through warm waves of this night We’ll fly The space is in your mind, let it breathe
4.
Drown me in wine Away from this light All unrest has gone when you came to my side Flow and surround Burn all this ground Bring me to life and I’ll rip all these rats’ guts out Enter my mind Now it’s all thine Snakes in your lungs await for a new sacrifice You are the one Who is calming my heart Take me to mountains of your endless lust Are you watching? ‘Cause I need your desire I am losing all in that light I want to kneel and cry for you are divine, take my soul and shine Unleash the curse inside you Turn all their flesh into dusk and your moans ‘cause the poison in your eyes is the light of my life Break up the sun Cause the darkness to come I’ll let you drain all their veins by your charm Claws plunged in blood Still hold me tight Take me away and embrace till I die Are you watching? ‘Cause I need your desire I am losing all in that light I want to kneel and cry for you are divine, take my soul and shine Unleash the curse inside you Are you watching? ‘Cause I need your desire I am losing all in that light I want to kneel and die for your divine, take my soul and life Unleash the curse inside you I’ll burn them all to save you
5.
Away from sands and habit sets you’ve created You were tortured by hope and ruined by waiting But don’t lose the fire you’ve defended Never let ‘em waste your shine ‘cause the gift in you can lighten gloom through eternity They will always drag you down, break these worthless chains And spread your wings that were bleeding out Don’t waste your shine for the gift is you In this sea of rats where all values fade Stand your ground, son This way is rough and waves are merciless But don’t lose that flame you’ve created Never let ‘em waste your shine ‘cause the gift in you can lighten gloom through eternity They will always drag you down, break these worthless chains And spread your wings that were bleeding out Don’t waste your shine for the gift is you The heaviness of skies is only in your mind Break the cage and go beyond
6.
Waves of grief surround my universe, through the thousand of years I defend my solitude and the realm where there’s no falsity, rats and disgrace They burn my shapes and every symbol that reminds of me And all that filth I turn into swords in their necks and silence and lands of gore With all my arms in blood With all my cruelty With sublime purity that I will never lose For I’m Fall and I’m Faith Eternal Deliver us from plague and grief in our hearts For I’m blessed and I’m cursed Cursed winds they send to me and for a thousand years I’ve been cutting their beliefs and heads for darkness is the only truth The choirs of tongues which I’ve ripped out upon the lakes of rot from every fucking heart I’ve squeezed and cast at the one above to watch him catch With all my serpent blood With all my holy grace With all my burden which I didn’t choose For I’m Fall and I’m Faith Eternal Deliver us from plague and grief in our hearts For I’m blessed and I’m cursed For I’m Fall and I’m Faith Eternal Deliver us from plague and grief in our hearts Forever blessed, forever cursed - Amen! Deliver me from rage and hate in my heart For I’m Fall and I’m Faith

about

Watch the documentary film 'The Making of 'Present Serpent' about the creating process of the new LP. Featuring tons of studio footage from recording sessions & interview with subtitles: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4McEWDd_kGo

"It's a feral fusion of stoner, sludge, doom and black metal. Present Serpent sees Filatov take a sledge-hammer to pigeonholes whilst pushing the perceived boundaries of extreme music. Peppering proceedings with some post-metal, classical and cinematic elements, the six-track is a hypnotic and serious heavy effort loaded with exciting hybrid moments."
- METAL HAMMER UK, 8/10

“Endless Embrace” sees Filatov showing off his range, offsetting chugging, bottom-heavy riffs with gorgeous, synth-washed melodies and trading off his venomous, throat-ripping growls with hypnotic clean vocals. Filatov also incorporated an array of world music influences."
- DECIBEL MAGAZINE
www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/05/03/track-premiere-moanhand-endless-embrace/

"Blackened, Classic Doom. The project covers everything from Monolord-esque riffs to more Khemmis-style blackened doom.
If you like them, you'll like this."
- METAL INJECTION
metalinjection.net/av/new-music/moanhands-new-song-the-boomerang-of-serpents-is-blackened-classic-doom

"The heaviness and emotionality of Present Serpent (gasp, they’re anagrams! Clever Moanhand!) is really far-reaching, which elevates them above many of the acts making similar music. Rather than try to ooze, these guys really strike an airy, elemental chord which makes the music as inspirational as it is crushing. Do not mix with depressants."
- THE PIT
www.wearethepit.com/2021/06/new-metal-out-today-6-18/

"Moanhand’s Present Serpent is a keeper, alive with poignant feeling, heart-rending affectation, and inspired heights of grandeur. For me, at least, it was a profoundly moving experience taken in from beginning to end (and in repeated listening sessions). It will go high on my Top 25 submissions to the Doom Charts council toward month’s end, and with any luck will hold steady in Doomed & Stoned’s HeavyBest of 2021. Roman is a sensitive musician and an accomplished vocalist. Here’s hoping that circumstances will usher him to a stage near us in the future."
- DOOMED & STONED
doomedandstoned.com/post/654254914583871488/moanhand

"Present Serpent is a mammoth release from the Russian project. It delivers six colossal tracks that all stem from the creative mind of just one individual. There’s a lot to love, but variety is easily the most appealing aspect of Present Serpent. Bold, melodic, yet spiteful in the best possible way, Moanhand‘s latest effort deserves praise, at the very least, for the unstoppable, malevolent noise you are taken captive by. If heavy, tastefully composed brutality with moments of bitter beauty is your thing, give Present Serpent a spin: it is a gift that will snake its way into your mind and constrict until you succumb."
- EVERYTHING IS NOISE
everythingisnoise.net/reviews/moanhand-present-serpent/

"Album-opener and advance-single “Serpent Soul (A Tale of Angels’ Slaughter)” speaks well of the cross-genre heavy extremity to come. It makes an enticing lead-in for sure, and dude very clearly has his hands in multiple styles, which he brings together with marked fluidity."
- THE OBELISK
theobelisk.net/obelisk/tag/present-serpent/

"In a unique twist of harsh tones and diabolical lyrics the softer tones of Filatovs’ beautiful, beautiful voice contrast the coarse texture of the instrumentation. Morphing the countenance of the music into a derivative of prog. These ingredients have been mixed before, and to great effect, but are often referred to as out of place and/or avant-garde. With Moanhand the style fits like a plug in a barrel. Filatovs’ clean singing is both confident and captivating, supplying a depth to the occasionally bland backing track. What is clear from this wonderfully black slow metal affair is how impressive Filatov as a songwriter is."
- METAL EPIDEMIC
www.metalepidemic.com/moanhand-present-serpent/

“It’s all solid, but if anything stands out in particular it’s his vocal performance. We get the first taste of this around a minute into opener Serpent Soul (A Tale Of Angels’ Slaughter), where he comes in with powerful soaring cleans. The cleans on third track Nightwings which elevate it to a firm overall highlight. This is a grand, emotional offering with a particularly powerful chorus. The same is even more true of fifth track Raw Blessings. Here, the vocals draw comparisons to the floating ethereality of Maynard James Keenan’s work in A PERFECT CIRCLE, while the music evokes the meditative, melancholic doom of a band like PALLBEARER.”
- DISTORTED SOUND
distortedsoundmag.com/album-review-present-serpent-moanhand/

“This guy has one hell of a range and can do whatever he wants. It sounds stupendous, the production is crystal clear and helps show off everything happening in the songs. Vocals are extraordinarily—this dude screams his ass off through out the album using a blackened scream. However, he also has beautiful clean vocal approach so he also sings his ass off too. This album does a lot of different things but I'd day this is overall a sludge/doom album but one with a lot of different dimensions.”
- METAL TEMPLE
www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/m_2/moanhand-present.htm

'Serpent Soul (A Tale of Angels' Slaughter)’ Visualizer: youtube.com/watch?v=r8L_QhTbKTU&t=302s

‘Endless Embrace’ Visualizer: youtu.be/oAyqMZXb3s0

"The Boomerang Of Serpents" Visualizer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct-1GIvI6Lc

credits

released June 18, 2021

All music written and arranged by Roman Filatov
All lyrics by Roman Filatov

Recorded and mixed by Igor Butz (Vorvan) at Pentagram House Studio, Moscow, Russia
Mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, YOB, Bongripper) at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL, USA

Roman Filatov - vocals, guitars, bass, synths, programming, darbuka, maracas

Symphony in ‘The Boomerang of Serpents’ by Anton Bulle

Cover art by El Chulito

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Moanhand Moscow, Russia

Moanhand is the one-man blackened dream sludge project led by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Roman Filatov & based in Moscow.

The debut album ‘PRESENT SERPENT’ out now! Available on CD & Cassettes.

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