"The Serpent Servant", the new album from California-based Christian death metallers IMPENDING DOOM, sold 4,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 144 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"The Serpent Servant" was recorded at Lambesis Studios in San Diego with Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman (AS I LAY DYING, WAR OF AGES, WINDS OF PLAGUE) and was released today (March 31) through Facedown Records. It was mixed and mastered by Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, TERROR).
"We've broken down the musical boundaries for this album," guitarist Manny Contreras previously said. "We're just playing what we love and bringing together several different genres while staying true to who we are as a band."
HardTimes.ca conducted an interview with IMPENDING DOOM on March 11, 2009 when the band made a stop in Montreal, Quebec during its Canadian tour with BLEEDING THROUGH, THE ACACIA STRAIN and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. Watch the 11-minute chat below.
IMPENDING DOOM's debut album, "Nailed. Dead. Risen.", was released in September 2007 via Facedown Records.
IMPENDING DOOM refers to its style of Christian metal as "gorship" — a portmanteau of gore and worship. The band also clarify on their MySpace blog that "gorship" is their way of worshipping God through their gore-sounding music; not worshipping "gore" as some are led to believe.