If Enterprise Earth, Infant Annihilator, Lorna Shore and Signs Of The Swarm all created the nastiest, bastard like creation pieces of music it would definitely be Nevada’s extreme metal band Shrine Of Malice. It’s been over a year now since the band has released their EP Malignance which in my humblest opinion was everything I’ve hoped for terms of musical professionalism, compositions, production, songwriting and became a destructive listening front to back. Sheol is a record showcasing groovy, vicious instrumentals, scattered breakdowns and bone-crushing chemistry that are fantastically driven beginning to end. Vocally, Greg Gilbert is one of the most talented, youngest and versatile vocalists I’ve ever heard in a very longtime while his range, delivery, deliverance, consistency and writing some nasty fillers throughout his singing is superior, beautifully executed and the rest from Shrine Of Malice have done such a splendid job balancing variations upon hearing this album.
They’ve taken elements of technical, blackened, slam and deathcore making the lyricism on the album stronger, intelligent and beautifully designed as the production introduces a new evolution for the band which is a highlighted feature for Sheol. From the everlasting intersections of distinctive barriers that’s insanely heavy, dark and taking next natural steps to such great heights, every instrumentation work is accessible, emotional and implemented haunting sequences to drive such understanding, and impressive releases in extreme metal today.
Sheol is not just a album to bring out all heaviness factors to the table, Sheol brings the most impressive, engaging, organic, and melodic signatured pieces of music the band has done to date and it really proves that extreme music offers such diversity into one gigantic wave making everything from the tracks, melodic chord progressions, black metal-esque drumming, sweeping guitars, monstrous vocals and brutalized breakdowns of blackened forces not to be reckoning with definitely takes the toll to highest peak of the mountain and have continued to impressed me once again to prove why Shrine Of Malice have created a characterized album that promises to entertain deathcore fans with naturalistic musical compositions and taking compassionate lyricism to the deepest and darkest storytelling deathcore albums you’ll hear from 2019.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler
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