Released: 2015, Consouling Sounds
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Shock/Deny, described as ‘a monument to misery and nihilism’, is the second release and follow up to Acceptance/Rebuild by Belgian blackened doom quartet Deuil. They have built on the black metal tradition, adding a sludge and doom edge to create an intense yet somber release in Shock/Deny. This is an unusual, sludgy and devastating two-part epic.
Shock’s haunting beginnings and distant, eerie vocals give way to anguished screams and builds up to a relentless onslaught of sludgy black metal. Penetrating, desperation soaked vocals overlay atmospheric passages that beautifully convey the pain and hopelessness of this track. A range of tempo and dynamic changes add variety and the distorted soundscape continuously evolves and captures the rage. The melodies throughout are fairly simple but they are combined effortlessly in the meld of atmospheric, dissonant and blackened misery. Deny’s unnerving, slow start, accompanied by droning chords is quickly shattered by intense screams. The percussion is as uncompromising as the first track, the distorted melodies are tightly woven through and the addition of female vocals and atmospheric interludes create a sadness unheard in Shock. Deny is bleak and depressing, with the tempo changes emphasizing the anguish in the vocals. As the track comes to a close we are left haunted by the sounds of distant screams and voices, fading into silence.
Shock/Deny is a captivating, dismal, yet beautiful grieving process...
Review by Helena Byrne