Serpico – Serpico EP
Release Date: July 2006
Record Label: Unsigned
Hailing all the way from Scotland, Serpico are a self-proclaimed punk metal band inspired by 80’s metal powerhouses Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. Despite the iconic influences, they manage to incorporate a more modern sound through big rock production and hooks not typically found in the metal world.
How Is It?
The Serpico EP is a solid first release and a possible glimpse of things to come from across the ocean. The EP packs four songs clocking in at just over 15 minutes and shows a variety of hard rock styles ranging from the punk intensity of “Kultura” to the 90’s grunge rock of “400 Blows To The Head”. Serpico are best when they let loose crank up the volume but seem to falter when the speed is slowed down, as evidenced by the ballad “Glasseye”, which, although a nice change of pace, does not seem to mesh with the rest of the EP. The drums sound huge and the guitars are fuzzy enough to please any grunge fan thanks to the excellent production courtesy of Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Machinehead). There is potential portrayed on the Serpico EP although at times it sounds a little too generic and safe. If the band can come up with more tracks with hooks as big as those in “Kultura”, you can look forward to an impressive debut full length from this Scottish four-piece.