Reviewed: February 2018
Released: 2017, Dark Descent
Reviewer: Metal Rules UK Team
I have to confess to being unfamiliar with Desolate Shrine’s other works (something I shall definitely be rectifying), but this is the fourth album from the Finish trio. Information on the band is somewhat sparse, perhaps the most that can be gleaned is that they are fairly prolific composers (four albums in six years). To put it into perspective, under the ‘About’ section on Facebook, they have the rather laconic answer of “CHAOS AND WRATH”.
CHAOS AND WRATH is very apt. If you like your metal heavy then you will like this; they are a seriously heavy band. Describing themselves as death/black metal, there are the best bits of both apparent here. I think most remarkable has to be the texture – for a three piece it is extraordinarily thick, from the very outset. No long, ethereal intros here, just a bombastic wall of sound. It doesn’t let up, either.
This would be my main criticism of the album. Whilst it is deliciously dark, heavy, foreboding and all the rest, there are times where you have to wonder if it’s actually going anywhere. There are long sections where it just drags, and I was left wondering whether sometimes less is more. However, they have immediately made a space on my records to buy list, for those moments when only a miserable auditory onslaught will do.