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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Darken/Self Titled/Defiled Records/1998 CD Review


  Darken  where  a  band  from   Sheridan,  Wyoming  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  and  technical  form  of  black  metal  with  a  death  metal  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  1998  ep  which  was  released  by  Defiled  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  technical  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  influences,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  bring  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  mixed  in  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to it  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In my  opinion  Darken  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  technical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sorrows Season".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Darken/8487

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