PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS

Black Metal / Depressive Black Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal • Australia
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PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS is an Australian black metal act formed in 2003. The band released their debut full-length studio album "Embrace After Death" in 2005. Since then PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS has released "Cursed" (2006), "In Memoriam, Ill Omen" (2009) and "Depths" (2011).

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PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Embrace After Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Embrace After Death
Black Metal 2005
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Cursed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cursed
Black Metal 2006
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS In Memoriam, Ill Omen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Memoriam, Ill Omen
Depressive Black Metal 2009
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Depths album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Depths
Black Metal 2011
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Ephemeral album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ephemeral
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014

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PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Putrify album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Putrify
Black Metal 2003

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PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS The Fate of All that Lives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fate of All that Lives
Black Metal 2003
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Impaled by the Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impaled by the Moon
Black Metal 2005

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PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Depths

Album · 2011 · Black Metal
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"Depths" is the 4th full-length studio album by Australian black metal act Pestilential Shadows. The album was released in February 2011 by Seance Records.

The music on the album is atmospheric black metal. Tremolo picking, raspy vocals and blasting drums but always with an atmospheric edge. The tracks can at times seem a bit repetitive but they seldom become boring as a consequence of that. It´s just part of building a melancholic and epic atmosphere.

The musicianship on the album is strong. The vocals are nothing out of the ordinary but the playing is tight and because of the professional yet not too clean production you´re fully able to hear what´s going on. Personally I could have wished for a more organic drum production instead of a clearly triggered ditto, but that might be an aquired taste. I simply feel a more organic sound would have suited the atmospheric music better.

"Depths" is quite the enjoyable atmospheric black metal album and while it´s not the most distinct sounding or original release out there I´d still say a 3.5 star rating is warranted.

PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS Depths

Album · 2011 · Black Metal
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Australian black metal underground has been bustling for the past few years, offering a lot of high quality filthiness in the forms of e.g. Atra, Ill Omen, even the infamous Drowning the Light, Forbidden Citadel of Spirits, and... the list could go on. Pestilential Shadows, on the other hand, has somehow evaded my attention until now that their fourth full-length, Depths, is out, absorbing people’s any possible happy thoughts with its utmost melancholy and madness.

As soon as the first tremolo firings of ”Lost Geists of the Sunlight Sphere” come out, the listener is introduced to the vast soundscape where guitars have the primary role, and hell how massive they do sound. The drums, although somewhat (and only slightly) plastic sounding, keep the pace steadily with blast beats, while guitars retain their ominous melodies. Even though there isn’t an excess of reverb, the sound is abyssal, fittingly. Short passages of acoustic guitars and even choirs (e.g. ”Tribulations of Man”) are also added to the mix, ensuring an endurable whole.

Throughout the 55 minutes, the melodies balance between truly touching sadness and savage evilness: ”Putrid Earth” - having also Azgorh from Drowning the Light handling the vocals - is the most heart-wrenching melancholic piece of the bunch, the latter part of the song strongly reminding me of Drudkh’s Forgotten Legend’s remarkable ”False Dawn”. I could listen to ”Putrid Earth’s” ending chord progression for dozens of minutes. Yeah, it’s that mesmerizing. Then there’s the more aggressive side of the band, visible on e.g. ”Architects of the Spear” and ”Poisoner”, that shows the band’s ability to create utterly sinister melodies with success.

There are times when Depths seems to be a little stagnant, but those moments are few and far between, so for the most part Depths is a really enjoyable experience, and takes its place somewhere among my current top 10 of the year. Fans of the Australian scene should be checking out this album by now, as long as the fairly modern production isn’t a hindrance. At least in this case it shouldn’t hinder anyone, because the compositional work here alone is on such high level.

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