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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Canticle of Shadows
release date: April 25th, 2016
label: Non Serviam Records
This is a work for the audiences into black metal forms. Darkend is symphonic black metal from Italy and the new album, which is available in full for listening at the link below, strives to be memorable, while remaining committed to an overall fast delivery. Below is the official hype and information about the album and band.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION: "The Canticle Of Shadows" by Italian Symphonic Black Metallers DARKEND, offers the listener so many opportunities to revel in its sonic bombast, its violent tendencies, and its amazing compositions. Besides the already talented musicians of DARKEND supplying their art, the brand new album "The Canticle Of Shadows," features some revered figures of the metal scene. Featuring appearances by Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Labes C. Necrothytus (Abysmal Grief. A Symphonic Black Metal album that is heavy on the atmosphere, but "The Canticle Of Shadows" sees the group reaching a whole new level. The musicianship is impeccable, the arrangements exciting, and the vibe one of pure apocalyptic dread. A further step towards the Abyss, taking every element to the extreme: a darker, heavier and far more intense monument than ever before. DARKEND's "The Canticle Of Shadows" is the sound of a band at the top of its game.
BIO: Darkend stands for Extreme Ritual Art: a combination of ancient ceremonial chants mixed with arcane symphonies, nocturnal ambiences and sulphur riffs engraved on black metal patterns. The first full-length “Assassine” (2010) quickly took the band abroad to tour throughout Europe with ROTTING CHRIST, SAMAEL, MELECHESH & KEEP OF KALESSIN, bringing on stage a unique mix of sound, theatre and occult ceremony: from esoteric epitaphs and incense burning to ghastly skulls, grave candles and dead branches, every single detail is meant to build a spiritual mist of bleakness and horror. With rave reception by fans and critics, the second album “Grand Guignol - Book I” (2012) consolidated the band’s spot on the international metal map and allowed DARKEND to proudly embark on a long, crushing European tour supporting legendary CRADLE OF FILTH & GOD SEED. 2013 and 2014 saw the band perform at well-reputed European festivals alongside MAYHEM, IMMORTAL, MORBID ANGEL, TAAKE, SHINING, NILE, KREATOR, SODOM, INQUISITION, DESTRUCTION, BELPHEGOR and many other iconic acts. The brand new album “The Canticle Of Shadows”, featuring some revered figures of the metal scene, is a further step towards the Abyss, taking every element to the extreme: a darker, heavier and far more intense monument than ever before.