Originally named R.P.B. (Rape, Pillage, and Burn), Brotherhood of the Serpent was a side project band created by Scott Cooksey (Roller, Divine Eve) and Michael Sleavin (Divine Eve, Rape, Pillage, and Burn, Infernal Oak) in late 2000. In 2001, S. Cooksey and Sleavin recruited Ben Cooksey (Roller, Hit and Run) to the bass and Matt Killen (Divine Eve, Rape, Pillage, and Burn, Infernal Oak) to the drums.
In early 2002 the band recorded ‘Maximum Rock and Roll Terrorism”; a two song demo with tracks entitled “Napalm Boogie” and “Rock Killed the Radio”.
After R.P.B. wrote a total of sixteen songs together, S. Cooksey and Sleavin (together being the driving force behind the band) decided they were on two different worlds when it came to the music and concept behind the band. It was at this point that the band splintered into two bands, Sleavin’s being R.P.B. and Cooksey’s being Brotherhood of the Serpent.
The Cookseys, along with Dave Slaughter (Big Iron, Enormicon) went on to record the sixteen songs in late 2003. The tracks were never completed and have remained untouched until recently. Completion of the tracks is underway.