Pim B. : When I have to describe in one word how the new Desolate Shrine album sounds I have to come up with grotesque. Without its usual connotation that is. I really can’t think of any other word. These Fins already impressed with their previous three albums on which they set the bar a bit higher each and every time. The high expectations are fulfilled completely though.
The trio still deliver a deadly mix of death, doom and black metal with an atmosphere where many other bands can only dream of. Opening track ‘The Primordial One’ kicks in hard and is one of the fastest songs on the album. ‘Unmask The Face Of False’ is the longest and slowest track. This song shows best what I mean with the aforementioned atmosphere. At times I even have to think of Dutch band Faal due to the use of keyboards and the deep grunt. Personally I find it hardly interesting to dissect an album song for song. To me the complete package is what matters. As far as that is concerned ‘Deliverance From The Godless Void’ completely meets mu needs. The band knows how to create a dark and uncomfortable vibe by varied song writing and great production. As a whole these eight songs are impressive. I have to mention the artwork too, courtesy of the band’s multi-instrumentalist LL (Lauri Laaksonen). As with the previous albums he painted a fantastic cover that goes hand in hand with the music.