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Shadowflag – In Asylum Requiem

In Asylum Requiem
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 13 July 2020, 6:46 PM

Cheltenham, not exactly the first town you think of when it comes to Black Metal. I’ve been out in Cheltenham to the Frog and Fiddle and the Two Pigs, they are Rock/Metal bars, that’s as far as Metal goes for me in Cheltenham. However, this is the fourth full-length album released by the five-piece band. Since 2017’s release of The Delusion Machine, Rob Slade has joined the band as their first full-time drummer, however he had nothing to do with this album. Let’s hear what these guys have produced.

Lest the Night Be Thorned” builds up well through the opening. The vocals hit out, easy to understand and follow. The pace is just above medium-range and is ticking away nicely. The melodic aspect is coming to play a lot more as the song progresses through. The song goes through the motions really well and even through the ending goes into Pagan style chanting it remains a solid start to the album.

In Asylum Requiem” has a good start again, the build up is solid again, vocals easy to understand and follow. The pace seems to die a little, although the control is well in balance, there seems to be something missing. The pace however picks up and the melodic experience continues, removing any negative thoughts about the song. Solid enough song to keep up the interest

One Beast One God” keeps up the intense levels to a decent enough level, it doesn’t need to be Thrash speed to be Black Metal. The raw aggression on the vocals is far easier to appreciate here. The song doesn’t expand as far as the others have, but the build up clearly was going to explode somewhere and that was here.

From Agony to Cold” opens up with a nice harmonic segment to add further interest and depth to the song. The song could and maybe should have expanded a lot further. The Black Metal element is there to hear, but it seems like it would have done better heavier, darker and faster, otherwise it becomes less unique and more like several artists we have heard before. The harmonic, strong ending is exactly what the song needed to boost its own value to the album, a good turnaround.

Nameless Realm Eternal” starts with a good amount of energy to grow interest in the song, will it keep us around though? The vocals work well to allow some progression of the some from an instrumental aspect. The song is more or less the same as most on this album, for me it doesn’t do enough to make me want to hear more.

To the Earth, to the Corpse, to the Seas” the final song on the album. It opens up like the start of an epic battle. It increases the pace soon into this intro segment. The vocals kick in and remain in the clear. The pace and instrumental melodies work well together to build the song up, it needs to expand and explode. However it slows goes back into its shell around the midway point. It luckily doesn’t stay there for very long. But, it just doesn’t do anything for me to say it deserved the extended time.

Its not bad at all, some great raw energy in segments, just doesn’t do enough to spark a higher score.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Lest the Night Be Thorned
2. In Asylum Requiem
3. One Beast One God
4. From Agony to Cold
5. Nameless Realm Eternal
6. To the Earth, to the Corpse, to the Seas
Graham Preston – Lead Vocals
JJ Flames – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Paul 'Carps' Carpenter – Guitars
Jake Doherty – Guitars & Backing Vocals

Rael Bearman – Drums (Guest)
Record Label: Clobber Records


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Edited 04 August 2020

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