Pestilential Shadows - In Memoriam, Ill Omen

Pestilential Shadows is hailing from Hell Under and was founded in 2003 by Balam (Instruments) and Meririm (vocals). This is their bio. Short. When you visit their labels site you can read why they choose the term Anti-Human Plague Black Metal to represent their brand of devastation.

"In Memoriam, Ill Omen" is their third full length and packed with 8 tracks and open furiously with "Weapon Against The Sun". I thought to myself this whole album will breath this the whole 45 minutes. But I was wrong. Pestilential Shadows combines the hatred aggression with sorrow. The band combines the fast old school black metal with crushing mid paced parts. I don't hear many guitar leads but I think they are busy with creating their thick buzzy riffing to get the right atmosphere. And they succeed in that. Nice melody in the riffs. What I like in their songs are the slower passages. It shows a gloomy doom side of these corpse painters without losing their strength. It still is evil and when the raw vocals are coming in again the tempo is raised.

With this album the band is not reinventing the black metal scene but deliver an album that I enjoyed. So go to their site and listen to some tracks and see if you share my opinion.

  1. Weapon Against The Sun
  2. Beautiful Demise
  3. With Serpents I Lay
  4. Of Loss And Suffering Inherit
  5. For Man And Heavens Ruin
  6. Sundered
  7. Ecclesia Moriendi (instrumental)
  8. Bathed In Ashes

Pulverised Records
Reviewer: twansibon
Nov 28, 2009
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