Desolate Shrine are a band from Finland that plays a very dark, and heavy form of occult death metal with black and doom metal influences and this is a review of their 2012 album "The Sanctum of Human Darkness" which was released by Dark Descent Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with only a small amount of fast playing and blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars< as for the synths and sound effects when they are utilized they bring a very dark, avant garde, evil and occult sound to the music.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast death metal riffs that are very dark and heavy sounding with a good amount of black and doom metal influences being thrown into the riffing as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing in addition there are some evil sounding melodies and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to enhance the darkness that is coming out of the music.
Vocals range from deep death metal growls to high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover dark and occult themes that lean toward the Left Hand Path, as for the production it has a very strong, dark, powerful and heavy sound to it with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Desolate Shrine are a very great sounding heavy and dark occult blackened death metal band with doom metal influences and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Pillars Of Salvation (The Drowned Prince)" "Demon Heart (The Desolate One)" and "Funeral Chamber (Sacred Ceremonial Light)". RECOMMENDED BUY.