Rotting Kingdom – A Deeper Shade Of Sorrow

After a really interesting debut EP released in 2017 US doom death metallers Rotting Kingdom release their debut full length album “A Deeper Shade Of Sorrow” a melancholy laden album that is brutal when it needs to be but has many different shades of the musical spectrum on display.

Opening with the Paradise Lost-esque ‘Sculpted Into Life By The Hand Of Death’ this track starts with a slow build into a mid-paced belter that intertwines chuggy riffs and melodic clean sections. ‘Barren Harvest’ is far more immediate in its effect, the melodies jump out at the listener quicker and dare I say it is quite catchy! ‘Absolute Ruin’ throws aside all pleasantries goes for the throat, this is a melodic death metal track in the vein of old At The Gates or Katatonia. This serves as a nice palet cleanser in the middle of the album as it sits in the middle of the slower multi layered 7-8 minutes epics.

A sorrowful, bleak at times listen but with an inner beauty that reveals itself with repeated listens. The atmosphere coincides wonderfully with the albums cover artwork. A perfect album for the upcoming winter.

4 / 5 STARS 

Reviewer: Joe Denby

Sep 23, 2020

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1. Sculpted Into Life By The Hand Of Death
2. Barren Harvest
3. Decrepit Elegance
4. Absolute Ruin
5. The Antechambers Of Eternity
6. A Deeper Shade Of Sorrow

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