The album art alone for Bring Forth Death is captivating and evil and draws you in to listen to its contents. The album art is stunning, and with the music inside to match these gents from Pennsylvania bring forth their full length effort to you. Seraph in Travail play symphonic black metal with little hints of death metal here and there. Seraph in Travail subject you to their cold, dark and mysterious world right off the bat. The almost three minute opener foreshadows what is to come in the rest of the ten songs that are on Bring Forth Death.
Seraph in Travail are a dark brooding mass of shadows and darkness that infect your soul. The symphonic aspects paired with the gothic soprano vocals make for a melodious decent into madness. Another aspect that makes Bring Forth Death great is the fact that there aren’t the typical over played riffs that you generally hear in black metal, instead you get some variation other than the same repeating riff over and over again.
Seraph in Travail is a little untraditional in a lot of aspects, but one of the ones that truly does stand out are the vocals. The vocalist spews forth evil either in death metal like lows, or mid shrieks, but never uses the traditional ear bleeding high shrieks that we have all grown accustomed too. The mids and the monstrous lows work perfect with what Seraph in Travail are trying to portray. If the ear drum shredding shrieks were in play in these songs it may feel a little out of place, but alas the shrieks are not here making the vocals completely fit with the style of music.
The songs are all well placed with the production being spot on making the album move forward as a cohesive devilish unit. No two songs sound the same making for wild ride through the eleven songs on Bring Forth Death. Having a little more of an unconventional twist on the gothic, melodic, symphonic black metal has them standing out amidst a crowd of normalcy. The positively evil riffs, the death metal like drumming style, the unique brand of vocals, the melodious symphonic aspects, as well as the gothic soprano singing give Seraph in Travail more to work with in the future and build on,on future records. I’m sure there are more devilish tricks up their sleeves, and if this album is any indication of that, then the next albums will be just as dark, blackened, and intriguing I’m sure.