We’ve all seen it happen far too many times to possibly stomach. A certain type of extreme music is brought into the spotlight of accessibility for the more mainstream-minded to consume like vultures. Eventually, and sadly, those bands often end up as nothing more than a watered down shell of their former self, weak and lacking any of the powerful substance they once held in an iron grip. As a result, that band’s fan base gradually transitions from the old-school diehards to a mob that basically only likes them for their goddamn “radio song” and have no desire to delve into the unequivocally more vicious earlier material. For every single spineless collective of “rockstar” sell-outs, you can bet your ass that there’s at least one or two other bands that are sticking to their underground-as-fuck, DIY-’til-death guns. People that will wave the banner of the grim and frost-bitten underground until the reaper comes to take them away. Bands and musicians so unapologetically sincere in their art that it’s almost visible coursing through their veins…you know, the ones that, with just one look, anyone can tell that the band in question is down for fucking life when it comes to the cause of loyally continuing the raging greatness of their genre‘s legacy. Here, we have another group in allegiance with the cause.
Formed in 1996, English black metal horde, Crimson Darkness have since honed their macabre attack in the form of one previous full-length release and a duo of EP’s, having once shared the stage with the likes of Black Death and Paradise Lost. Their latest effort, The Devourer Of All, was mastered at Wayland’s Forge Studios and is comprised of six horror-motivated excursions (along with one unlisted, sample-laden instrumental) into a ghastly world of bleak depression, death and haunting shadows of life’s nightmarish realities.
Songs like “Alone By The Black Lake” and “Beautiful Ashes” are drenched in a heavy sense of foreboding and evoke a grim mood with ease. Rumblings of an oncoming storm can be heard at different times throughout the record, such as when the galloping epic “The Witching Hour” is kicking in a full-speed. The howl-and-screech vocal approach is a perfect match throughout The Devourer Of All. Any more colder, and this bastard could very well turn us all to ice. The vast majority of the record is straightforward black metal brutality, with the only appearance of a keyboard element being on “Through Ominous Gates”. It should be said that any ounce of melodic keyboard on the record does nothing to subtract from the overall old-school atmosphere of this traditionally-minded black metal monster.
Yes, with The Devourer Of All, Crimson Darkness have proven themselves as devoted contributors to the infamous timeline of English black metal. Throughout the years, the genre’s heart has remained pumping, as those less true are constantly weeded out and proven as imposters. Crimson Darkness have just announced their mission to keep the black blood of blackened horror flowing!! First the UK, then the world!