Desolate Shrine – The Heart of the Netherworld (2015)

Artist: Desolate Shrine

Album: The Heart of the Netherworld

Label: Dark Descent Records

Reviewer: Gabriel

The latest release from Finland’s Desolate Shrine, titled The Heart of the Netherworld, is certainly an ambitious effort. Clocking in at over an hour, …Netherworld’s seven songs attempt to expand upon what one would expect from death metal through a heavy emphasis on atmosphere. More specifically, Desolate Shrine crafts a soundscape that reflects the band’s general negativity towards the human species and its obsession with the occult. What we have here isn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows – but what self-respecting metal enthusiast doesn’t appreciate a well-executed exploration of the dark side? Unfortunately, while the record occasionally reaches points where its thick atmosphere enhances the sense of dread, much of the time all it produces is tedium. Continue reading