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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Prison Of Mirrors/Manning The Galleys/2012 CD Review


  Prison Of Mirrors are a 1 man band from Seattle, Washington that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal with shoegaze elements and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "Manning The Galleys".

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing h as a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are raw and primitive sounding at times with some shoegaze elements, influences from other styles of metal leaning more the doomy side as well as a great amount of melody while the lead guitars when they are brought into the music have a distorted and melodic sound to solos and leads in addition the songs are very long, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they bring a very dark and progressive sound to the music with a great amount of finger picking and full chords.

Vocals are mostly deep black metal screams and growls with some clean singing being used at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion Prison Of Mirrors are a very great sounding atmospheric post black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sanctify In Chains" and "As We Cherish In Embers". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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