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GOTHIK SERPENT

Crossover Prog • United States


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To paraphrase Robert FRIPP, GOTHIK SERPENT is a way of doing things. All music, lyrics and artwork are composed and illustrated by Kerwin TSANG, a musician of seven years who plays bass guitar and Chapman Stick, ensuring that both aural and visual elements of the project have a singular identity. The project's debut release, INTERLOPER, features an album oriented sound that is highly constructed and relies on all instruments working together as a whole. The album was recorded at Bedrock LA in Echo Park, Los Angeles California. Mixing and mastering were handled by Acle KAHNEY, lead guitarist of progressive metal group TESSERACT in Brighton, UK.

Thematically, the album explores the topics of alienation, isolation and impermanence, and when listened to in its entirety presents a narrative in the form of a traveler journeying to a distant promised land whose journey is haunted by dreams of a nightmarish, dystopian future; dreams that underly the traveler's own insecurities and anxieties over this unknown destination.

GOTHIK SERPENT's sole songwriter, Kerwin TSANG, has been a musician for seven years and was formerly the bass guitarist and assistant songwriter of hip-hop group HONOR FLOW PRODUCTIONS, and has headlined shows at prestigious Los Angeles venues such as The Roxy, The Whisky and The Troubadour. He departed the group after five years in 2013 to focus on his Master's Degree at USC.

The roots of GOTHIK SERPENT began during this period, when TSANG began toying with the idea of an instrumental solo album played entirely by him. However, as the writing process evolved, the sound of the project grew more ambitious, and eventually a full lineup of musicians became necessary. Some remnants of the initial writing stages remain in the album, and this is particularly noticable with the tracks 'Interceptor' and 'K Terminal', which employ unusual configurations of instruments such as multiple bass guitars and the Chapman Stick.

GOTHIK SERPENT's unconventional and highly layered sound takes inspiration from a wide spectrum of artists such as PORCUPINE TREE, RUSH, KING CRIMSON, KARNIVOOL, RADIOHEAD, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, FRANK KLEPACKI, ABBA, NINE INCH NAILS, and ARETHA FRANKLIN.

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3.10 | 2 ratings
Interloper
2014
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Extremist
2015

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3.10 | 2 ratings

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Interloper
Gothik Serpent Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US based project GOTHIK SERPENT is the creative vehicle of Singapore-born composer and musician Kerwin Tsang, a solo project that got expanded with the participation of additional musicians as it developed. "Interloper" is the first of so far two albums to be released under this moniker, and appeared in 2014.

If there is one defining aspect of this production, then it is diversity. The forty or so minutes of music on this production slithers it's way through a multitude of different styles and orientations, and does merit a description as an eclectic feature more than anything.

The more challenging endeavors here are also the more appealing to my ears at least. More often than not with a nod or three in the direction of King Crimson, Robert Fripp and Trey Gunn, the instrumental compositions on this album explores a quirky landscape with gliding instrument details and occasionally more abrasive but compelling details, more often than not with room for some jazz-oriented details and occasionally more distinct jazzrock features to boot, where especially the bass lines may take on something of a funky vibe on occasion.

Supplementing these more demanding instrumental is a set of songs that, by and large, operates much closer to the borderlands in between progressive rock and progressive metal. Subtle traces of a band like Porcupine Tree might be found here, especially in the manner that they tend to alternate between gentler and more hard hitting arrangements, although in terms of overall style, mood and atmosphere I'd compare these songs to the perhaps not quite as well known French trio Delusion Squared, where the lead vocals of Tricia Isabela in particular have some striking similarities in timbre to Delusion Squared's Lorraine Young. Unfortunately Ms. Isabela isn't as strong a vocalist in terms of control from what I can hear. Her choice of tone and scale is also one I found somewhat puzzling at times, which for me made her contributions something of a detrimental aspect of this album I'm afraid. She does have a compelling and likable voice, but for me she came across as somewhat untrained.

"Interloper" is an interesting production, where the instrumental compositions in particular comes across as inspiring in a subtly challenging, Crimson and Trey Gunn meets jazzrock kind of manner. And while the supplemental arguably more mainstream oriented slightly metal-tinged progressive rock cuts may have a wider general appeal, it is the more challenging aspects of this album I'd suggest lending an ear to first and foremost, with third track Interceptor the track where I'd start listening to get a feel for that aspect of this album.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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