Prayer Of The Dying are a 1 man band from Malta that plays an anti christian form of black metal with a heavy death metal influence and this is a review of his self released 2013 album "God's Failed Creation".
"Intro" starts off the album with some drum beats and is only a minute.
'Temple Of Leeches" opens up with melodic lead guitars and bass along with some drums and a few seconds later dark and heavy guitar riffs kick in along with some grim black metal screams and you can also hear death metal growls in the background and as time goes on by the guitar riffing gets more melodic as well as bringing in a small amount of guitar solos and leads and towards the end there is a brief use of blast beats.
'Shadows Of Evil" begins with some thrash influenced guitar riffs and drums before adding in black metal screams and a few seconds alter the guitar riffing gets more melodic which also leads to a brief use of spoken word parts and guitar leads.
"The Desert Inside" kicks in with evil sounding synths and clean guitar playing before adding in heavy guitar riffs, drums and melodic guitar leads and after a couple of minutes black metal screams are added into the song along with some thrash influences being thrown into the guitar riffing along with some melody which also leads up to some death metal growls as well as a brief use of melodic female vocals.
"The Full Moon" starts up with some sound effects, heavy and clean guitars along with some drums before adding in spoken word parts that evolve into black metal vocals which also lead to the music getting more heavy and melodic and as time goes on by there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads as well as some doom metal influences before returning to a cleaner direction.
"Tenus Abyssus Quam Servo Caelum" comes in with clean guitar playing before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums which leads up to grim black metal screams and melodic clean singing vocals in the background and a few seconds later the guitar riffing starts utilizing more melody as well as the vocals utilizing deeper elements before adding in a small amount of guitar solos and leads.
"A Life Without End" which is an instrumental begins with wind sounds along with clean guitars in the background before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums and the song switches back and forth between clean and heavy parts.
"Unnerving Syndicates Of The Lamb" hits it off with heavy guitar riffs, amp noises and drums and a few seconds later melodic doom metal influenced guitar leads and clean singing make their into the song and after awhile grim black metal screams start to kick in and the song stays in a melodic direction.
"Burn" brings its way in with melodic guitar riffs, drums and high pitched black metal screams as well as some melodic vocals in the background and towards the end death metal growls are added to the song for the few seconds and you can hear a lot of doom metal influences in the song as well as some thrash elements and powerful b ass guitars during the last minute.
"Dead Shadows" is introduced with distorted black metal guitar riffs along with some drums a few seconds later as well as the guitar riffing utilizing some melody before adding in a mixture of death metal growls and high pitched black metal screams and halfway through the song there is a brief use of melodic guitar solos and leads and you can also hear bass guitars in certain sections of the song and the song closes with clean guitars.
"Conceived In Hell" makes its way in with heavy guitar riffs and blast beats from the drums before adding in deep death metal growls as well as some high pitched screams and a minute later old school death metal guitar solos and leads are added into the song.
"God's Failed Creation" which is also the last song on the album as well as title track opens up with heavy guitar riffs, drums and high pitched black metal screams and you can also hear bass guitars in the background before adding in death metal growls and blast beats before slowing down and adding in melodic guitar riffing and as time goes on by there is also a brief use of guitar solos and leads and towards the end there is a brief use of death metal growls and the music closes with clean guitars.
Song lyrics cover Anti Christian themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion Prayer Of the Dying are a very great sounding black metal project with elements of death, thrash and doom metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Temple Of Leeches" "The Full Moon" "Dead Shadows" and "God's Failed Creation". RECOMMENDED BUY.