Thy Darkened Shade are a duo from Greece that has been featured before in this zine and plays a progressive form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet" which was released by World Terror Committee.
The sounds of the night start off the album before adding in melodic chanting and guitars which add in even more melody as well as adding in some solos and after the intro the music starts to speed up a bit and ads in a technical black metal sound along with some grim vocals and screams as well as a decent amount of blast beats and you can hear a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts throughout the recording.
All of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the band also brings in a great amount of talent and skill into both the riffs and solos and there are also a good amount of clean singing vocals being utilized in certain sections of the recording and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length as well as bringing in a more modern sound to the black metal genre.
At times spoken word ritualistic parts are added into some of the songs and the melodic chanting of the intro makes a return in certain parts as the album progresses which also adds in more of an occult atmosphere to the recording and the band also adds in acoustic guitars on a few songs which add in even more progressive elements to the album's musical sound and there is a great amount of diversity present throughout the recording.
Thy Darkened Shade create a very original sounding album with the music on the recording building upon an occult black metal foundation and they make their songs more progressive, technical and diverse than most bands of the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Occultism, Persian Magick and Left Hand Path themes that go very deep into the subject matter and they demonstrate more knowledge on these topics than most bands of the genre.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from They Darkened Shade and if you are looking for some progressive and occult black metal that takes the genre into a different direction, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Elixir of Azazel" "Nox Profunda" "Drayishn-i-Ahriman o Divan' and "Liber Lvcifer". 8/5 out of 10.