Serpentyne was created in London in 2010 by founder members Sand and Powell, inspired by a combination of early music, folk, Celtic, world and rock.
After the release of the album “Stella Splendens” in 2010, inspired by medieval music, the second album “Myths and Muses” was released in 2014, keeping the medieval theme but with a mix of rock and world elements. A third album “The Serpent’s Kiss” was released in 2016, featuring mythic & medieval themes as before, but heading towards a heavier rock and metal sound. This change of musical direction won the band their place as finalists in the Metal To The Masses, London contest, 2018.
Serpentyne has been playing extensively around the UK and the rest of Europe during the last 8 years. Recent concerts in the UK include Quinphonic Festival, Camden Rocks Festival, The Darker Days Festival, The Northern Symphony Festival, The Seven Sins Festival, The Robin 2, and the M2TM series at The Big Red, London.
The band is now getting ready to support Tarja and Stratovarious on their major tour the “Nordic Symphony”, with 22 dates in October throughout Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland.
Fronted by classically trained soprano singer Maggiebeth Sand, on hurdy-gurdy, and backed by Vaughan Grandin on bagpipes, Lee Willmer on guitar, Nigel Middleton on bass and drummer John Haithwaite, Serpentyne combine a unique mix of symphonic and folk metal styles, with themed songs about historical figures and legends, such as Boudicca, The Valkyries, Helen Of Troy, Jeanne d’ Arc, and The Dark Queen, amongst many others.
Their inspiration come from medieval music, symphonic metal, Tarja, Nightwish, Within Temptation, and from Folk Metal, Eluveitie, Corvus Corax, Saltatio Mortis and from classical and cinematic music.
What the media have said about Serpentyne’s album “The Serpent’s Kiss” (2016:)
“Lavishly orchestrated cinematic majesty.” (Progression, USA.)
“Through this fusion of medieval sounds with biting electric guitars and pounding drums Serpentyne develops further. The serpent has arisen!:
Claudia Zinn-Zinnenburg, Orkus magazine, Germany, January 2017.