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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.