Desolate Shrine
The Sanctum of Human Darkness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Inveigh USER (10 Reviews)
December 21st, 2012 | 103 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A disturbing, sinister gaze into the depths of atmospheric death

Finland’s Desolate Shrine crept onto the death metal radar about midway through 2011 with their bleak and crushing debut, Tenebrous Towers, and while the album received moderate acclaim in the underground/blogosphere, the timing of its release did the band no favors. During a year in which extreme metal saw numerous releases push the boundaries in spectacular fashion (Ulcerate’s The Destroyers of All, Flourishing’s The Sum of All Fossils and Tombs’ Path of Totality all come to mind), the band’s debut was somewhat overlooked.

Returning with a new offering less than two years later, Desolate Shrine have crafted a suffocatingly dense slab of death metal that puts them at the forefront of the burgeoning atmospheric death metal scene. Combining traditional death/doom elements with a black metal aesthetic and an ever-so-slight touch of atmospheric sludge, The Sanctum of Human Darkness is a sadistic trip to the pits of hell.

Swirling guitar riffs, rapid tempo changes and a two-pronged vocal attack (that only adds to the insanity) are filtered through a fuzzy haze of analog sludge, giving the album a feel that’s simultaneously vintage and cutting edge without sounding forced. In fact, that’s the truly amazing aspect of this record – despite all of the vicious death metalling, it just feels effortless (the nearly 55 minute run time flies by in a blur). Hopefully the end-of-year release date doesn’t cause this album to fly over too many heads, because this could very well be the best death metal album of 2012.



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Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

first review in like a year and a half, and first non-hip hop review ever





seriously more people need to hear this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


31869 Comments


Woah woah woah

What's going on here?

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

had a couple brews, decided to write again. might start doing it more often, who knows. probably depends on my alcohol intake

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


10451 Comments


Well shit, ounces better than 98% of reviews on the site. Very well played, sir.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


19519 Comments


still gotta check this hard as fuck

sweet review

Digging: Philip Glass - Music in Twelve Parts

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

DUDE DO IT





and thanks Omaha/Hype

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


19519 Comments


ive heard one track when it was streaming but havent checked the whole thing yet

idk why i decided to check out the new maveth over this because maveth sucked

Vakarian12
December 21st 2012


3987 Comments


youtubing now.

Digging: Theophany - Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haven't heard new Maveth but I've listened to this album approximately 13 times this week



Lair of Wolf and 1000 Lions is just so fucking good

BallsToTheWall
December 21st 2012


44805 Comments


I'm hearing this name getting thrown around alot.

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea Spirit actually rec'd Tenebrous Towers to me last year I think, been obsessed ever since



band is just fucking awesome, Demon Heart is immense

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dude if you like Ulcerate, get this ASAP

Ignimbrite
December 21st 2012


5562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dl'd this a few hours ago. I'll listen to it tomorrow, and I'm expecting great things.

Digging: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

mindleviticus
December 21st 2012


8428 Comments


sounds sweet

Inveigh
December 21st 2012


25451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

at best

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


19519 Comments


oh yeah man I know what you mean. I rag on albums I like all the time.


you seriously dont understand anything do you?

TheSpirit
December 21st 2012


18074 Comments


Well fuck me, can't believe I haven't heard this yet

TheSpirit
December 21st 2012


18074 Comments


well excuse me for trying to spread the good word

ThyCrossAwaits
December 21st 2012


3086 Comments


Why can I not purchase this anywhere?

P.S. (potential) new Ulcerate AOTY 2013 yeah?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


19519 Comments


its out on dark descent but its not shipping yet



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