Finland's Desolate Shrine have returned with a new recording which continues their blackened mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Fires Of The Dying World" which will be released in March by Dark Descent Records.
Classical guitars and synths start off the album before going into a heavier direction which also introduces death metal growls onto the recording. Black metal screams can also be heard at times while dark sounding melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing and the music also adds in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences.
When the music speeds up a good amount of brutal sounding blast beats can be heard while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Elements of doom metal are also added into the slower sections of the album and the solos and leads are also done in a very dark yet melodic style.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with one song also adding in a brief use of spoken word parts. Most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as the classical guitars and synths also returning on a lot of the later songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover misanthropy, nihilism, negativity and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Desolate Shrine and if you are a fan of blackened doom and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dying World" and "The Furnace of Hope". 8 out of 10.