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Desolate Shrine - Fires of the Dying World

Desolate Shrine
Fires of the Dying World
by Allen Peters at 23 May 2022, 2:34 PM

The intro is eerily setting the tone, deceiving your expectations, but what I eventually found has a horrific ending. DESOLATE SHRINE and their latest, “Fires of The Dying World,” burns bright and is spreading their horror laced hate for 46 minutes with this terrible tale from Finland. A Dark Descent Records release for 2022, 2017 was the last time we heard any screams of terror from these 3 masters of all things frightening. It has been a long wait, but worthwhile if you like some fear and fright in your Metal.

Evil awaits and is the obvious intent, I say goal achieved with, “Echos in The Halls of Vanity,” they do it in a nice way, which probably is not the best way to put it considering the theme, but this one works in a lot of ways for me, evil at its best, you could say. I'm intrigued to hear what kind of journey this album takes us on. It is everything that I expected. It has the suspense of a haunted attraction and something that you may hear when you are wondering through one as you try to make it out alive. Good luck with this playing in the background.

The Dying World,” starts out down a mysterious and ominous path and then hits you immediately with a nice bass attack to follow along with the drums and guitar getting their turn to shine in the darkness. I can visualize this band backing some horror movie soundtracks. I love the double bass and the vocals, terrible tones that get the horrific message across perfectly and keep you in the mood.

The Silent God” is far from it, more like controlled chaos at its finest. It couldn't be any faster in certain parts. The story continues with its core theme complimenting the theatrics in your mind, continuing their mysterious sound for almost 10 minutes in this book of a song.

Cutting to the chase “The Furnace of Hope,” doesn’t leave much. It is a lot less mysterious and straight to the point, fast and furious, switching gears nicely towards the end, again slamming you back in your seat with a mysterious voice that takes you to the scary part of your imagination, a tale of no return. If you like horror in your metal, this is the one for you. Seven songs complete the journey, all working together to take you to a very dark place, where most are afraid to go.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1.  Intro
2.  Echoes In the Halls of Vanity
3.  The Dying World
4.  The Silent God
5.  Cast To Walk the Star of Sorrow
6.  My Undivided Blood
7.  The Furnace of Hope
RS – Vocals
MT – Vocals
LL – All Instruments
Record Label: Dark Descent Records


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