Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Desolate Shrine - The Heart of the Netherworld

Well, time for the first review of 2015! On this first day of January in the year of our Lord 2015 I am proud to present you with a stunning black metal release from Desolate Shrine. The Heart of the Netherworld is almost oppressive at times and leaves the listener feeling battered and broken. Their is something wholly transcendent about this band. When you dig in to what they are all about it's impossible to hate the beautiful darkness that they invoke. Desolate Shrine are metal masters and there is no escaping their unholy chambers.

Desolate Shrine ply their trade in songs that are simply ungodly. The sense of cosmic brutality and almost perverted evil that reeks from tracks like Black Fires of God proves that their is something wonderfully fucked up about this band. Desolate Shrine use the harsh and magnificent soundscapes on The Heart of the Netherworld to capture the imagination and guide the listener on a deeply emotional journey. The touches of synths that come in here and there simply go to enhance the power of the tracks. As the band blasts their way through these unholy threnodies, it is impossible to not want to fall into the darkness and feel its purifying touch.

At the end of the day, Desolate Shrine are crafting black metal of a new breed. Sure it's oppressive and destructive as its ancestors were, but The Heart of the Netherworld brings something new, something wholly bleak and beautiful. Black metal for the gods of rock and roll to look at and fear. This is a new brand of hatred, the kind that is transcendent and will give you insight to the future of mankind. Full aware of its ability to liberate The Heart of the Netherworld will grind you down and carry you to the future.

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