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SERDCE is a progressive death metal act from Belarus (Minsk) formed in 1997. The band released their debut full-length studio album Aritmiya in 2003. Cyberly followed in 2004 and The Alchemy Of Harmony in 2009.

The band combines brutal death metal with very technical playing standards. Their sound deviates from most Progressive Metal Bands due to the jazzy leanings of the material and the unpredictable song structures.

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4.00 | 4 ratings
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4.68 | 10 ratings
The Alchemy of Harmony
4.00 | 8 ratings

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 Timlessness by SERDCE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 8 ratings

Serdce Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Special Collaborator PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic

4 stars SERDCE dates back to 1997 when the band formed in Gomel, Belarus as Cor but having relocated to the capital city Minsk, singer and guitarist Nik Goroshko changed the band's name to SERDCE and crafted a unique brand of death metal that soon would become more infused with elements of progressive rock and jazz-fusion which made the band stand out from the very beginning despite being compared to many other more technical infused death metal ban ds like Sadist, Cynic, Atheist, Martyr and Augury. While the band's debut "Аритмия" got the band's feet wet as far as the recording process was concerned, it wasn't until the band's second album "Cyberly" that they dropped the Russian language and looked internationally beyond the borders of their homeland and only released albums and track titles in English.

TIMELESSNESS is the band's fourth album and last since 2014 and the band seems to be in hibernation as no official breakup has been announced as far as i'm aware. This album which features the lineup Nik Goroshko (vocals, guitars), Alex Kharevich (bass), Oleg Kreslavskij (keyboards, programming) and Andrew D. Dybal (drums, percussion) continues the unique amalgamation of tech death metal with jazz and classical elements only adds heavier doses of progressive rock. Similar to progressively inclined extreme metal bands like Enslaved, Mastodon and Cynic, SERDCE began with the emphasis more on the extreme metal parts but continued to expand the sonic palette to include various tones and textures along with more liberal uses of clean vocal styles.

While technical death metal and progressive death metal are often two totally different beasts altogether, other times they overlap quite nicely and that's exactly where SERDCE fits in. While the brutality of the time signature rich death metal guitar riffs and blastbeats are omnipresent, the album often sounds more like a bonafide progressive metal album with meandering song structures that zigzag in unpredictable ways along with ample moments of non-metal via classical piano rolls, atmospheric chamber rock backdrops or jazzy interludes. Nik Goroshko employs clean vocal techniques as often as the gnarled aggressive growls. Melancholic violins and pianos evoke a bit of My Dying Bride while heavy instrumental stampedes with keyboard frenzies bring Dream Theater to mind.

TIMELESSNESS hosts ten tracks that clock up to 66 minutes with two of them: "Omens" and "Last Faith" straddling past the nine minute mark. While the remaining tracks may constitute shorter playing times, they are no less complex and stuffed to the gills with hairpin tech death twists and turns that can at a drop of a hat burst into a lush piano recital with soft sensual chamber rock orchestration. The album is all about contrast and SERDCE nails both aspects of the musical spectrum. The death metal parts are about as technically infused as one could hope for along with the bombast and orotundity while the soft and heart-warming segments almost fall into the post-rock realms however the piano runs tend to evoke Chopin's playing prowess.

For those who prefer the earlier albums that were predominantly extreme metal with samplings of jazz and prog thrown in, TIMELESSNESS may not scratch that itch but if you were hoping for a little more down time and breathing room away from the metal madness and into the more symphonic prog universe then this album will hit all the high notes. The band is extremely inventive in how they throw all of this together. Perhaps the opening track "Into Shambhala" is a little hokey as it sounds like some sort of new age album and continues on for over 3 minutes but once the second track "Smadhi" hits, the band dishes out a series of deliciously decorated tech death art metal bonbons that work on many levels. While this is an amazingly mature album, i do wish it had been trimmed a bit of the fat. That would serve it much better.

 The Alchemy of Harmony by SERDCE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.68 | 10 ratings

The Alchemy of Harmony
Serdce Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by mp3killer

5 stars Incredibly impressive album from this belarusians! This band should be much more known. They can easly compare to tech veterans like Atheist, Cynic and Obscura. Production of this album is fantastic - crystal clear sound & fantastic bass. Every time I listen to this CD, I am blown away anew. The band has an original way of melding together their disparate influences into a tight and cohesive whole. Although the riffs can be very choppy and angular, and the music can jump between styles very suddenly, it never feels forced or unnatural. Even at its most bizarre, the music never loses its focus. I also like the long instrumental sections in some of the songs, which really let the band stretch out and explore their ideas to the fullest. The vocalist sounds continually enraged-- he has a sort of harsh bark that isn't as gutteral as most death metal vocals, though his voice fits the music well. The bassist (who is actually audible for most, if not all, of the time) adds all sorts of color to the music. The occasional use of keyboards is tastefully done, too, adding spacey atmosphere when needed. This an essential addition to any tech-metal fan's collection.

Really great piece of art to occupy your brains!

Thanks to CCVP for the artist addition.

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