The Serpent's Lair

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The Serpent's Lair
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Studio album by Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf
Released October 10, 2000
Recorded 1999 - 2000 at The Timeroom in Tucson, Arizona
Genre Ambient
Length 141:18
Label Projekt Records
Producer Steve Roach
Steve Roach chronology
Midnight Moon
The Serpent's Lair
Prayers to the Protector
Byron Metcalf chronology
The Serpent's Lair
Wachuma's Wave
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Serpent’s Lair (2000) is a two disc collaborative album by the American ambient artists Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, Phd. This project began as a study conducted by Metcalf into the therapeutic effects of tribal rhythms and hypnotic breathing.

The music often originated with rhythms performed by Metcalf into which Roach would infuse other elements until the finished product had completely different rhythmic qualities than the original source material. Steve Roach calls this technique Groove Alchemy.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: “The Serpent’s Lair”[edit]

  1. ”The Lair” (12:14)
  2. ”Rite of Passage” (14:09)
  3. ”Shedding the Skin” (5:39)
  4. ”Big Medicine” (12:53)
  5. ”Future Tribe” (8:30)
  6. ”Birthright” (5:59)
  7. ”Osmosis”(4:04)
  8. ”Egg Chamber Dreaming” (8:53)

Disc two: “Offerings from the Underworld”[edit]

  1. ”Offering in Waves” (10:55)
  2. ”Impending Sense of Calm” (9:03)
  3. ”Cave Dwellers” (23:08)
  4. ”Primal Passage” (4:47)
  5. ”Serpent Clan” (5:02)
  6. ”Breathing Heart of the Dragon Mother” (6:50)
  7. ”Ochua” (9:26)