DEATHSTENCH: Massed in Black Shadows CD Black Plague
There’s very little to separate the release of Black Plague and its mother label, ‘Malignant Records’. The thinnest sliver of margins if truth be told, as the parent label more often than not sometimes matches and outweighs its child in the brutality stakes.
Deathstench tick all the boxes as far as Dark Ambient tinged with Power Electronics goes and occasionally drape these influences over a wall of guttural vocals and drone infested doom guitars. ‘Massed in Black Shadows’, is one of those surging releases that move forward like a landslide, with rarely a break to stop the tide of slurry amassing at its final destination; momentum being the most operative word I can use to describe the effect of their album has on the listener.
For the most part I expected something a tad harsher; the overtly Grindcore artwork, whilst quite apt in some respects, is ever so deceiving as to what is truly on offer. Saturated in ink this isn’t a bad piece of work overall, but does lack the spark of anything truly amazing and for me the cesspit of noise and bleak drones lack the edge in production to truly capitalise on what could have been a monstrous vision of sickening, puss dripping end times.