Scáth na Déithe are a band from Ireland that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Dirge of Endless Mourning" which was released by Vendetta Records.
A very dark and distorted sound starts off the album while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic and atmospheric style and blast beats can also be heard during t he faster sections of the songs.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with the vocals bringing in a mixture of deep death metal growls and grim black metal screams. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word parts can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them. Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses clear vocals can also be heard briefly, one track also adds in a small amount of atmospheric sounding drones. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, death and sorrow themes.
In my opinion Scáth na Déithe are a very great sounding atmospheric black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Malinger's Tongue" and "Remnant Understanding". 8 out of 10.