Album Review : Desolate Shrine “The Heart of the Netherworld”

 Finland's purveyors of chaos and wrath, Desolate Shrine strikes back with their third full length album entitled “The Heart of the Netherworld” in the beginning of this year via underground record label Dark Descent Records. Already they are experienced and well renowned in underground music because of their astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery ,enigmatic musical style. This new album is consist with 7 tracks.Basically Desolate Shrine was formed in 2010. In before they had released two full length album entitled “Tenebrous Towers” in 2011 and “The Sanctum of Human Darkness” in 2012. Now I am straight going to the point about this new album .

This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance .when at first I’ve checked out their first released track “Black Fires God” from this album I was just overwhelmed and to be honest this album was one of my long awaited,anticipated album of this year  because I haven’t listened this type of harshest slabs of death metal for a long time. This bands member LL is such an excellent musician appreciate his unsurpassed quality,ability and skill. LL manages  Desolate Shrine’s guitar, bass, drums and as well mixing,recording and their epic,indelible album artwork. Though this bands each and every musician exudes tremendous effort in radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. After a multiple listen their latest studio effort  infused me with  their Unrelenting, powerful,blasting ,overarching,chromatic, chaotic , multi-layered ,ultra-dense,monolithic death metal musical style laced with blackened,gloomy atmospheric vibe just  blew me away . Their musical style have a hypnotic effect and especially  melancholic Piano playing style which adds to the more atmospheric kind of death metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward furious simultaneously .

This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . It is really not easy to describe their complex musical style . Death Metal with unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular .A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous, heavy and barbarous form of death metal assaults  laced with dark eerie,gloomy  and occult  atmosphere with a lots of segments of slower,mid-paced tempo too where Desolate Shrine combines doomier passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melancholic guitars ,previously mentioned all  aspects  enriched this album that is very powerful,strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of death metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated ,filthy,thick,doomy riffs work and those effective rasps simultaneously borrow blackened,gloomy,sinister vibe. I highly appreciate and embrace this album because of their distinct style .

well, this albums opening track is a ubiquitous instrumental track.  Second track “Black Fires Of God” starts with sonic assailment,obtuse,grotesque,atmospheric sound followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie, savage riffs  and a wall of blast beating ,spectacular drums laced with aggression,deliberate cadence . Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere. They have injected doom,black metal vibes into furious death metal style.Their musical representation evolves into souls wandering vicious, crushing and ominous wasteland . This whole album gives u pitch-black feel from beginning to the end and I warn you this is a gloomy journey.

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, squalid, ominous,hellish,doom laden,filthy, crawling, slow but powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,Chaotic ,rumbling .  Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful .  In each track breathtaking,morbidly delicious, scalding,macabre,soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner with hellish,devilish chords and horror,mournful piano works are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer. The most striking thing you’ll notice about the sound of Desolate Shrine is the air of melancholy that quite literally drips from the noise they create . This whole albums sound  deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome death metal with raw emotion and pure energy . “The Heart of the Netherworld” endures beauty of death metal . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener . Vocals large, inhuman voice that does well for Desolate Shrine . Vocals howling scream, hoarse ,snarling, sneering , deep rasps , deep lung-burning roars, immense voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering, grandiose  death metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric,doomy  accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly . Overall you will get  sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album . I really worship this band .

Each song have an energy ,fluency and  draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them . I personally Cherish Black Fires of God,Desolate Shrine,We Dawn Anew,Leviathan,The Heart of the Netherworld track . Intro is brilliant instrumental track .on “We Dawn Anew” track opening mournful,horrific piano work is remarkable,appreciable too.  Album artwork is atrocious,grisly, indelible . Overall “The Heart of the Netherworld” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant,rich . This album sounds so authentic  and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . I’ll say this whole album is aesthetics of death metal .Outstanding another one release of this year so far .This is highly recommend to add it in your collection .If you are looking for  something different, epic this pure unadulterated death metal album is perfect and it will take you on a journey into another universe . so, enter the void and I am sure definitely u will come out stronger,darker,gloomier than ever before.

Rating: 4.2 - ‎Review by - Souvik Basu

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