Shadowflag are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very poetic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "In Asylum Requiem" which will be released in June by Clobber Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also add in a great amount of melody along with some tracks also adding in some clean singing and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Synths can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, harsh noises can be heard briefly and the closing track is also very long and epic in length and also adds in some orchestral touches.
On this recording Shadowflag plays a style of black metal that is very raw, melodic and atmospheric sounding. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and poetic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Shadowflag and if you are a fan of r aw, melodic and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "One Beast One God" and "To The Earth, To The Corpse, To The Seas". 8 out of 10.