Declared Dead are a band from Belgium that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording goes for more of a progressive mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their self released 2022 album "Integument Of Golden Luster".
A very heavy and aggressive sound starts off the album along with some black metal screams a few seconds later. Elements of thrash metal can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while the vocals also go into that direction at times and the music is mostly rooted in the 80's and early 90's era.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard while the solos and leads are also done in a very old school extreme metal style. Throughout the recording you can also heat a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the songs also mixing in some influences from the early era of death metal at times as well as some of the riffing and leads also mixing in some progressive structures, keyboards can also be heard briefly and as the album progresses an instrumental can also be heard.
On this recording Declared Dead add more progressive elements into their mixture of black, death and thrash metal to take their style to another level. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness, violence and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great great sounding recording from Declared Dead and if you are a fan of progressive black, death and thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "With Unfettered Tread" "Tonguing The Amputee" and " Languishing In Ligature". 8 out of 10.
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