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Glass Shrine - Impurities

Embolded Impurities - 81%

TheStormIRide, March 3rd, 2016

Impurities, the debut demo from Glass Shrine, is a striking example that burgeoning creativity still exists in the underground. The demo was released sometime in July of 2015 through Atavistic Insurgence, a label that has exclusively released cassettes by United States based black metal groups. While not much about the project has been made available, aside from this being a one-man project from somewhere in the US, it really doesn’t matter. The three tracks cover eight and half minutes, but it’s one of the most creative and emboldened black metal demos to have graced these ears in quite some time.

This is one of those exceedingly short yet superbly sweet offerings that teeters on the brink of several different niches and subgenres, yet never loses sight of the fact that it’s a black metal project. The riffing offers fast paced trem riffing, yet the patterning and movements sound jubilant and uplifting. Despite bringing in a bit of acerbic, raw black metal and rather rabid, lo-fi blackened punk into the mix, the entire offering sounds melodically charged, as the trem riffs are carefully structured. The production is quite raw, yet it’s extremely fitting given the style at play. What’s surprising, though, is the audibility of the bass lines, which offers a nice, strong low end not usually found on this type of recording. The drums are muffled, yet you can hear frenetic fills and nice rhythms throughout, not to mention some punky double kick play. The vocals are mostly garbled screams, yet there exists a dose of deep, resonating growls and some exultant cleans sprinkled in.

Impurities might seem a little raw and abrasive for the casual metal listener, but the uplifting melodies and short-lived, yet triumphant clean vocals heard on “Pyrrhic Bliss” offer much to those looking for new blood. Glass Shrine boasts a sound that is capable of turning more than a few heads, and the future seems nothing but bright for this promising young project.

Written for The Metal Observer.

A fragile shrine to worship - 79%

Metantoine, February 5th, 2016

A one man band from the United States, this new project is like a breath of fresh air on black metal, the 3 songs, 8 minutes demo is fast, melodic and almost happy metal. The vocals are super great, there's even a clean break on the first track “Pyrrhic Bliss” and it was a pretty sweet moment, it had this martial atmosphere and it felt surprisingly epic.

The brief tracks are a mix of punk influenced black metal (not as much as bands like Raspberry Bulbs, of course), the more experimental side of Krallice but in a low-key, subtle manner and some more conservative, raw black metal. It's a demo so it doesn't have a Nuclear Blast production and thank god for that, it's a mix of self-assumed lo-fi ness but it's still pretty clean all things considered. The guitars are crisp and the vocals are not too buried, the drums could had been a bit heavier though. I've been doing my best to spread the word about this interesting new project, I know he's working on a full length album and he'll have a bigger internet presence once it's done but in the meantime, check out this demo!

Part of Metal Bounty Hunter: Volume 3 on Metantoine's Magickal Realm