The Doc rocks out to Polish thrash metal band, Virgin Snatch and their latest album, “We Serve No One”
We Serve No One is the latest effort from the band, injecting a more modern groove influence into their music. This is by no means a bad thing as the groove based repetitive riffs and chugging guitar, mixed with melodic sections provides an interesting variety to appeal to multiple fans of different heavy metal sounds. But, it’s the drum beats and double bass that adds a dramatic sense of intensity and more impact than the general groove sound.
Tracks like Sister Revolution and Fingerprints carry a groove laden mid-tempo sound throughout, but they also carry a dramatic impression from start to finish! Escape from Tomorrow jumps between screeching guitars and melodic harmonies to up-tempo thrash progressions. In fact, it almost seems to sound like a throwback to a lot of old school thrash akin to the big four themselves. Answers to Nothing has a Thrash faux-ballad style to it, without feeling too distant from the rest of the album. Meanwhile, Promised land progresses from a alternative lower-tempo hard rock sound to a melodic metal anthem for the freedom fighter! However, this slow ballad really feels out of place, creating a jarring transition from previous intense tracks. Plus, the final track is an eclectic mixture of metal, electronic, and avante-garde styles that simply feel confusing in regards to the rest of the album. While an interesting track, it detracts from the rest of it.
Personally, I’m most biased towards the classic thrash style over a more modern groove influence myself. Beyond that, the other tracks are a collision of styles to create a distinct and hardcore sound. In some cases, it creates a more eclectic to choose from, but in other cases, it weighs the album down; only detracting from its better songs.
In terms of lyrical content, it’s blatantly politically driven, embodying themes of freedom, dystopia, warfare, among others. Most embody the desire to bring about revolution and fight back against an oppressive establishment. The title track even says it straight out. In fact, the name of the album occurs numerous times throughout the album, to drive the point that the band indeed serves no one. But hey, the band’s catalog has always had themes of politics and social topics as focus points.
While this is indeed a showcase of creative techniques and experimenting with style, it will probably cater more towards fans of the band and the genre itself. This album houses a wide variety of styles within the metal genre, culminating into a unique experience. Unfortunately, some of the tracks just don’t fit in with the album and detract from the overall experience. While no track stands out to me particular, it’s an overall enjoyable album. It could have been better, but I’m glad I gave it a listening too.
In order to embrace freedom, you too must serve no one!