DESOLATE SHRINE – Fires Of The Dying World
Desolate Shrine has been a band I’m not too associated checking out their catalog but after hearing several albums in the bands embodiment of work, boy was I in for a treat! Fires Of The Dying World is the next chapter by these Finnish death metal crafters and is released through the almighty Dark Descent Records. Taking the elements of misanthropic and occultist style of death metal, this album is far more complex, polished and musically speaking this is the band’s most tightest material to date. Their musical compositions and deadly assaults of harsher, thicker and clogged instrumentals is something you don’t usually hear that often but Desolate Shrine does it so magnificently well. Sheer brutality, monstrous arrangements of blistering guitar tones, perfected bass structures and consolidated vocal work is nothing but exciting and beyond exhilarating.
Even tracks such as The Silent God, The Furnace Of Hope and Echoes In The Halls Of Vanity have drawn opposite tones while retaining the beautifully arranged melodies building up suspense and anticipation. Even the atmosphere and production is fantastic to the point this is essentially a death doom inspired record in which this case these Finnish musicians not only found themselves how to create their own craft but the admiration and high levels of astonishing lyricism are surely but carefully keep the genre much more stylistic and creative to make Fires Of The Dying World a fantastically driven album. Overall, Desolate Shrine can be quite disorienting sometimes but once you hear this album prepare to strap yourselves into a universe so dynamically generated you’ll be connected into the steadiness of telekinesis and the band’s tendency for old school death metal has never sounded so authentically well done.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler