...presents a style of European heavy metal mixed with power metal.
CETI is a five piece band that features adept performers from the musical schools of Poland. They were one of Eastern Europe's best kept secrets for about twenty years. So their albums were largely inaccessible overseas. But now their most recent releases are available on iTunes. Not a whole lot of information is available about them and their online sites haven't been updated in years. Which gives the impression that the lineup remains the same as it was five years ago. Their twenty eleven release, Ghost of the Universe - Behind the Black Curtain was a dark and heavy album, yet at the same time elegant. Which came across like Black Sabbath crossed with Deep Purple. Then in two thousand thirteen, Brutus Syndrome was more progressive with awesome keyboard performances. Mixed with their aggressive style of hard rock. It sounded comparable to Symphony X. This new release has the curious title of Snakes of Eden. According to ancient biblical scripture, the garden of Eden, was the place where Adam and Eve were tempted by a demon possessed snake.
Grzegorz sings with a husky and slightly throaty voice in a mid range vocal tone. The lyrics aren't available at this time. He has got such a heavy accent, that it's hard to make out half of what he's saying. But that always adds character to a foreign album. He gracefully sings with a masculine charisma. The first song, Edge of Madness, starts with slow power chords and high note guitar picking. Then suddenly the music charges forward at a faster tempo with rhythmic bass plucking and a melodic guitar riff. Grzegorz robustly sings, "tanks on the run and war has begun." "It's pride and joy today." The guitar riffs slash and dash, complemented by heavy bass lines matching most notes along the way. The drum beats are fast in this lively song, with some cymbal crashes. The keyboard music is barely noticeable and doesn't break out with any emphatic notes. There is a flowery guitar solo towards the end with guitar hero quality.
The seventh track, Lady from the Dark, begins with a mellow ballad displaying light guitar notes and soft bass plucking. Grzegorz gently sings, "everyday when the sun goes down, the demons rise among the trees...as you walk away." Then after two minutes, the music breaks out with an explosive intensity and an increased time change. The guitar music shreds with a dynamic melody and the bassist delivers heavy lines. The drums are beaten fast and hard, with some subtle keyboard notes in the background. The vocals are sung out intensely in a tone that is consistent with power metal. Although it's hard to distinguish exactly what he's saying. The guitar music often moves with strong cutting riffs and ornamental high note picking. The guitarist is very aggressive with fast and complex change ups. Some of the leads have a crusty quality and dominate a song with epic proportions. But sometimes there are light strumming ballads. The bass is played deeply with low notes and some hard driven power chords. He plucks out some intricate rhythms and sometimes it adds a thunderous effect to the ambiance. At some moments the bass chugging carries a song mote than the guitar music does. But these compositions are more reliant on the guitar structures. So the bassist has a role, but also a high profile presence. The title track, Snakes of Eden, starts with ornamental bass plucking and powerful guitar chops. A prolonged keyboard note joins in, along with a monotone drum beat. Then after each rhythmic sequence, a line is dramatically howled out with a strong set of lungs. The rhythms are heavy and simple, but they saunter into slightly more complex patterns. The ambiance is charged with an air of magical power. The same basic rhythm pervades this six minute song, which is played at a slower than usual pace and serves as an anthem. The final song, Rock and Roll Doctor, starts with gritty riff shifting at a swift tempo. The guitarist blares out flashy licks alternating with some grinding textures. The bassist is very active with strong and fluid rhythms. The drummer beats along strongly and offers plenty of cymbal crashes. The vocalist asserts, "I am the rock and roll doctor, let me show you my way." The keyboard presence is hardly discernible, unless you are looking for it specifically. The keyboard music usually keeps a very low profile, with inconspicuous symphony notes in the background. Occasionally she displays some glitzy organ music for a moment or two. Its chief role is to enhance the atmospheric depth of these compositions. The drums are beaten at a steady pace, with regular cymbal crashes. But the sequences usually sound plain with few melodic patterns. He doesn't exhibit the flair of a jazz drummer or the flashy attack of a thrash drummer. His presence is still loud and active, which is more than some drummers provide.
This is a very high quality production, sounding crisp and clear with a panoramic atmosphere. The drumming could be a lot better with melodic beat patterns and ornamental shuffling to match the elegant stringed arrangements. On the previous two releases the drumming was more dynamic with plenty of razzle dazzle. Grzegorz's vocal performance is very good and he's as talented as some of the world's best rock singers. Snakes of Eden is mostly a guitar oriented album, with the keyboard music usually maintaining a low profile. Which is a significant change compared to the magnificent organ music on their last two albums. All three of their most recent releases take on a different attitude and mood, with a stylistic divergence. Snakes of Eden presents a European style of heavy metal and even power metal. Sounding something like nineties era Running Wild meets eighties era Helloween. The mood is more conducive to good spirits than it was on Ghost of the Universe - Behind the Black Curtain. Which had a dry and dark atmosphere. The instrumentation is less diverse than it was on Brutus Syndrome. Which sounded more like a progressive metal album. Which shows their versatility as songwriters, with the variety of styles that they've played through the years.