Forlorn, murky, gripping, light consuming and enveloping, Shades of Deep Water’s offering Death’s Threshold is a monolithic effort to behold. Although broken up in to four pieces, Death’s Threshold plays as one massive slab of funeral doom that submerges you in darkness devoid of all light. Over a vast yet very focused forty plus minutes, Death’s Threshold crushes the spirit as it drags you asunder, deeper and deeper in to a true abyss from which you are never to emerge.
As twisting darkness unfolds and unravels before you, and as heavy and murky as this release is, it is equally gripping and hypnotic. Shades of Deep Water lures you in, grasping you with the cold hand of death keeping your attention and focus for the entirety of the release’s run time. Ever trudging and marching forward, Shades of Deep Water submerges you underneath massive soul burying riffs that are only to be accompanied by the occasional reaper like dissonant growls from the deep. Each of the four pieces that represent Death’s Threshold as a whole are all equally massive, ladling a true weight of despair and death upon you until are you no more.
Among the glacial sonic wall of murky funereal doom is a haunting atmosphere that is incredibly compelling and chilling. The miasmal atmosphere woven in to the crawling wall of doom beckons forth from the reaches of the watery abyss to provide you with something that is all together grim, yet hypnotic all the same. Through and through, this atmosphere follows like a reaper awaiting to take your soul and depart to reaches not yet known.
Each piece through Death’s Threshold is wonderfully composed, written and performed, making the entire release something to truly behold. Death’s Threshold is doom masterfully done as it unfolds murky soundscapes before you, provides you with a truly haunting atmosphere and an overall crushing sound that is hard to turn from. As each second ticks off the run time, you drown further and further down in the murky depths of the soundscapes that are painted before you, never for you to come back up for air.
Overall, Death’s Threshold is something to behold as you are treated to four pieces that come together seamlessly to provide you with one cohesive and well executed offering. This is a fantastic release through and through.
Death’s Threshold will be released July 25 through Dunkelheit Produktionen.
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