Band: SHRINE OF ORPHEUS
Label: III Damnation Productions
Style: Black Metal
Shrine of Orpheus, a mysterious duo from Greece present us here their debut EP, a material recorded during 2015 and 2016 and released last year by III Damnation in tape, vinyl and CD versions. I have here the CD version, a 3 panels digipak featuring the EP lyrics, too, which are, contrary to the EP title, all in English. All except the last, fourth track, which is more like an instrumental outro that actually sounds like an intro if you ask me, probably in order to preface the band's (hopefully) upcoming debut album. The EP clocks 20 minutes and is made of 4 tracks, enough to understand the band's potential and direction. I'd say they combine the modern occult Black Metal (with dense structures and plenty of rhythm changes) with the '90's Doom a la Paradise Lost, Anathema and the likes; I might be wrong, but this is the vibe it gave me, of a fresh Black Metal band that takes inspiration from the greats of the UK '90's Doom scene, especially on guitars. There are no surprising moments, but it's a nice flowing material that captivates your attention and keeps you involved until the end, I'd say it's a sucecssful debut that deserves your attention and I hope they'll continue working on this, as nowadays there are so many one or two men projects giving up after a first release...
Reviewed by Adrian