New Passion Project from George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) & Adam "D" Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage)!
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Imagine Killswitch Engage at their heaviest, with the immediately recognizable guitar playing of Adam Dutkiewicz, the precision drumming of former The Black Dahlia Murder member Shannon Lucas, and the legendary death metal howl of Cannibal Corpse's George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher. That concoction would come to be known as Serpentine Dominion.
The origins of Serpentine Dominion can be traced back to 2009's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. That year, the fest was host to one of its finest lineups, ever, and included Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and The Black Dahlia Murder. During that fateful summer, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz made a proposition to Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher: "George, I want to write you a record."
That was really it, Adam D wanted to create a metal album with Corpsegrinder. On the Mayhem Fest tour, Lucas, who performed with The Black Dahlia Murder through 2012, was tapped to record drums on the album. Between 2009 and 2016, Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage released three albums each, so it's fair to say that scheduling time to work on Serpentine Dominion was no easy feat. The vast majority of Serpentine Dominion was written by Dutkiewicz within a year, but much of the vocal tracking wouldn't be complete until 2016, as Fisher tracked vocals at Adam D's studio when both of their rigorous schedules allowed.
Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach penned the lyrics for Serpentine Dominion. The band name and album concept revolve around corruption within the government and society's elite. The concept is incredibly topical, given in the United States is in the middle of one of the most contentious election years in history And the fact that the album is scheduled for release in October 2016, merely days before the US presidential election is perfect timing.
Ultimately, though, Serpentine Dominion's self-titled debut is purely a passion project. There are no expectations, there is no pressure, and it was written and recorded simply for what musicians get into music for in the first place: fun.