Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Daath Shadow- Crown For Kings
Finding out about Daath Shadow happened when I was browsing a forum and the name was mentioned. It is like I have an inner hunger to find out about new bands, so I listened to a sample from Crown For Kings and about a three weeks after this I ordered my copy of the CD from Relapse Records. Daath Shadow plays black/death metal and the band consist of six members Inem Trah, Six, Nahash, Neb-Heru, ZLT, I-Nferii and Y-Soth. Four of the members contribute to vocals with three contributing to guitar duties and three offering samples. The band originates from the Netherlands and their lyrics focus on Gnosis, Occultism and Kabbalah. No information is given about what other bands the members of Daath Shadow have played in, but one thing is for certain and that is the members are skilled musicians this is noticeable throughout the album. Daath Shadow has lurked silent for a while, but they have struck with a viscous onslaught of masterful venom.
Crown For Kings starts off with and Untitled intro that is thirty-three seconds, but The Great Sabbath comes forth like a demon unleashed from hell the guitars have a crushing tone along with the samples in the background and massive drumming by Six. The lyrics make for an interesting reading with a feel of intelligence and thought put into writing them. I also noticed how some of the songs are chaotic at times. Servent of Lucifer has a solid old school death metal approach and possibly one of the strongest songs on the album. Veni Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus and Blood of Qayin are ambient interludes. I also noticed how a majority of the songs have a bit of a doom metal feel as well, the vocals performed are a combination of growls and shrieks. Through The Dark Waterfalls is a strong song that closes out the album on a good note. The song also has a bit of a doom metal atmosphere in some of the guitar parts mainly at the beginning and during the duration of the track, the lead guitar work on Crown For Kings is spellbinding and feels like you have entered the deepest part of the cosmos.
Also Crown For the Kings was mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound. Anyone into black/death metal I can't recommend Crown For Kings enough this album is great from start to finish and offers a bit of variety to keep things interesting. Hopefully Daath Shadow will continue to release more albums in the future until that time Crown For Kings remains supreme. This record is dedicated to The Powers of Darkness and to the spreading of disharmonic energies into cosmos.....