The Skinny: Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia’s Yesterday’s Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in Generation of Vipers. The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, that’s not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but Yesterday’s Saints make it seem easy.
Get an initial taste of Generations of Vipers above, where the band is streaming the song from “Recursion.” The album is available for pre-order HERE. Purchases of the album via bandcamp will also receive a physical copy of the album and the download is mastered for digital play. The album’s amazing artwork was done by Vance Kelly (Huntress, Down, Prong).
The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God’s throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth’s inhabitants are now his descendants.
Generations of Vipers Track Listing:
ACT I (Primarily Melodic Death):
01. Fall of the Ancients
02. Origen Adamantius
03. The Recruitment
04. A Priori
ACT II (Doom/Rock, Power and Thrash):
06. Cain’s Agony
07. Sands of Nod
ACT III (Thrash and Melodic Death):
08. Generation of Vipers
09. Divine Tragedy
11. Luctus in Mane