The Serpent Stirs EP
Groningen, Netherlands quartet Ortega have returned with the one-sided picture disc ‘The Serpent Stirs’, their longest track to date. Continuing along the lines of the nautical themes the band have explored previously, this time they attempt to connect it to something deeper, with the song described by the band as ‘a trial of battles with inner demons, which binds us in our mind’. As the title itself suggests, it is a stirring slice of post-sludge/stoner/doom, mixing these elements to create the lurking title-track of this particular release. And indeed, it’s the only track, an 18 minute colossus that ebbs and flows on the waves it creates, and often to very good effect. There’s little in tempo change but there’s a steady groove that pulses throughout the song with some enjoyable riffage to behold. While Ortega aren’t breaking any new ground, this is still an entertaining romp through the psyche worth exploring.
Sadly, all physical forms of ‘The Serpent Stirs’ – vinyl and cassette – are now sold out, with only 100 tapes available and 300 12” vinyls in assorted colours now all gone. This is still available as an insanely cheap download though, and you can stream it below before deciding to cough up at least that one Euro, sterling or whatever currency worth anything these details you can afford.
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