Review by Jason Guest
Semjaza, the driving force behind Thy Darkened Shade, first had the idea for the band in 1999 but chose not to release anything until now (I suppose you can’t get any more underground than not having anything available, can you?). The result of many years of musical experimentation appears in the form of the band’s first full length, Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs is raw, primal black metal with plenty of technical riffs cast into the mire to create a vicious mix of relentlessly aggressive offensives that are fierce, furious, savage and unforgiving.
Instead of labouring the point with tracks of seven or more minutes, Semjaza’s tactical approach is to concentrate ferocity into tracks around the five-minute mark with any and all superfluities that the technical aspect could perhaps let slip through the net sharpened to a definite point. Thy Darkened Shade’s instruments of torture have been employed to create the harshest and most jarring black metal racket possible. Maelstrom’s drumming drives the tracks, his beats shadowing Semjaza’s extreme riffing, augmenting them with accents and fills that flesh them out into mightier beasts while vocalist The A strategically chooses his vantage points from behind the merciless barrage to lob his wrathful bursts of ire like verbal hand grenades. What would otherwise be a good black metal album is enhanced by the technical aspects and the remorseless and inexorable conviction of its delivery and solid, cold production.
7 out of 10
Read Jason’s interview with Semjaza here
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- To Suffer The Perpetual Curses
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- For Sinister Might
- Inferior Deathplan
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