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Atkins/May Project - 2011 Serpents Kiss

ARTIST: Atkins/May Project
ALBUM: Serpents Kiss
LABEL: Gonzo Multimedia
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gonzo Multimedia, GlassOnyon PR


LINEUP: Al Atkins - vocals * Paul May - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Shallowing * 02 Traitors Hand * 03 Dream Maker * 04 Can You Hear Me * 05 Signz * 06 Fight * 07 Judge * 08 Better Than Twisted * 09 Cold Gin * 10 Theatre Of Fools



An album that is probably the surprise packet of the 2011 year for me. Al Atkins of course is forever linked to brummie faves Judas Priest. Though he's been out of the fold for many years, he's still recording material. Atkins 2003 CD 'Heavy Thoughts' featured guitarist Paul May, and again, these two have linked for 2011's 'Serpents Kiss' You've probably seen the news release for this a couple of weeks back prior to Christmas 2011, and the proof is in the pudding, music wise. Though Atkins is on the sunny side of 60, his partner in crime is still in his prime. Essentially, May did all the songwriting while Al was bought in just as the vocalist. I guess if you see Ozzy teaming up with guys half his age (or near enough to..) then others will too. 'Serpents Kiss' might have the appearance of old school HM about it, but the delivery mechanism is modern as it is powerful. In fact, Ozzy is a good comparison in terms of attitude, and with Paul May cranking out solid riffs and ironcast solos, 'Serpents Kiss' should be on every HM fans wishlist.

The Songs
Kicking off with 'The Shallowing', it's pure classic HM from a different era played in a modern context. Atkins invokes memories of Tony Martin but without the same dynamics as the former Black Sabbath frontman. Things amp up for the seriously dangerous 'Traitors Hand', stomping drums, fiery guitar work and aggressive vocals all combine to great effect. 'Dream Maker' is top-notch stuff, melodic, dynamic and is as tough as old boots. May digs a bit deeper into his six-string bag of tricks for 'Can You Hear Me', dropping his tone down a notch or two, giving it a prog metal feel. 'Signz' too is made of the same stuff, though the guitar riffs are slower and more deliberate and intense. 80's hair metal is revisited for the killer sounding 'Fight' where both singer and guitarist are in fine fettle. Check out the video below. 'Better Than Twisted' changes tempo a few times, but the heavy intensity is maintained throughout. Covering the Kiss classic 'Cold Gin' might be seen as a bit of genius, while the closing 'Theater Of Fools' moves in a Dio like direction for the most part, that is until the metronome is thrown out the window with the rhythm section going hell for leather, literally towards the song's end.

In Summary
There's a certain irony with this album in that May is a Christian musician, while Atkins had a side project called Holy Rage (which released their debut CD on Z Records during 2010), though that band aren't tied to Christian themes, despite the name. Atkins has also issued a book called 'Dawn of the Metal Gods', so all is busy in his world. May has several ongoing projects going and participation in a couple of bands too. That they managed to find time to record 'Serpents Kiss' is commendable, and it should please fans of old school metal no end. Kudos to artist extraordinaire Rodney Matthews for adding his graphical talent to the CD's album jacket, and with all the Euro currency issues going on and the connection to the City Of London Financial District, the point is not lost - believe me! Check it out!

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#1 | gdazegod on January 27 2012 06:31:40
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#2 | dangerzone on January 27 2012 11:11:21
At least Atkins didn't cover 'Victim of Changes' this time.
#3 | gdazegod on January 27 2012 11:30:55
That's because he didn't contribute any of the songs. It originally started off as a Paul May solo project.. but Paul needed a singer.. lol!
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