Acausal Necrosophic Black Metal
Nowadays is even more difficult to find good and technical bands inside the extreme music (Black Metal in this case) that excels all others by inventiveness and musical dexterity as Thy Darkened Shade does in this sophomore album Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet.
They excel not only in production, but in snaring one senses that, although their complex melodies up the ante, they are still making solid and reliable metal.
That is to say that Thy Darkened Shade which counts with an arcane The A on vocal duties, a prolific Semjaza (alumni from bands like Ravencult and Acrimonious between others) on bass and ALL guitar duties and an unknown session drummer called H.G., truly do possess the gnosis of the sound.
The album counts with 11 tracks (often clocking in at 10 minutes or more), that balances heaviness, speed, aural satanic chants and a crafty mix.
Albeit long, the tracks have a concrete proposal with firm phrases and subtly changes of tempo.
All the influences raging from old school to second wave forms of Black Metal appear here and there in a balanced form showcasing the tradition of Greek Black Metal.
The guitars show resonant twang pulses that really appeal to the fans of the style.
Sometimes (like in the particular track Deus Absconditus) the satanic thrash metal influence is apparent.
The last track has the contribution of the legend of Greek scene, the master Magus Wampir Daoloth of Necromantia fame.
Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is a magnum opus (so far) of a young band that has lots to offer to the realm of metal and not black metal alone.
In a world in which bands often opt for incomprehensible musical artistry, or flatly rawness, that means a lot.
Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is out now on W.T.C.Productions
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)