Darkified where a band from Sweden that played a very atmospheric form of blackened death metal and this is a review of their 2019 compilation album "Cthulu Riseth - The Complete Works of Darkified" which was released as a joint effort between Nuclear War Now! Productions and Dawnbreed Records and consists of their 1991 demo "Dark" and 1993 ep "Sleep Forever...".
Keyboards start off the compilation and also bring in the atmosphere of a horror movie soundtrack which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. The riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melody and during the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats.
Vocals bring in a decent mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls along with the songs also bringing in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A lot of the music also shows a great amount of influences from the black and death metal styles styles from Sweden in the early 90's.
At times the vocals also sound very tortured sounding as well as some spoken word parts also bringing used briefly and they also give the music more of a ritualistic feeling and on the second recording the music expands on the death metal elements that where present on the demo along with one track also adding in a brief use of classical guitars. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover the writings of H.P Lovecraft, Cthulu Mythos, Horror and Death themes.
In my opinion Darkified where a very great sounding atmospheric blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Howlings From The Darkness" and "The Forgotten City". 8 out of 10.