BLACK SHROUD are a four-piece from Ohio who play American Blackened Death Metal. Know what? They do it well! And they recently released their debut EP Death Culture (relax, relax I’ll post the link for purchase at the end…Jeez!), containing five tracks of brutality. I imagine this is the soundtrack to being torn apart and eaten alive by a monster the size of the rancor in Return of the Jedi, or a 25-foot Great White shark. Of note also is the fact that the band doesn’t dick around, they get right to business, something I always love and respect.
The songs themselves are very well-written, and from a production standpoint the mix is just the right blend of meaty and dirty, but also clear enough to hear all the elements of the band. Instant standouts for me were “Immolation of Souls” and “Mellified Man”, the latter having a pretty fierce drum intro and what can only be described as a death march tempo on steroids. The Black Metal dissonant sound that we all know and love truly rears up its ugly head with “Inhumation”, not that I’m calling that a bad thing by any means.
Seven-minute plus opener “Tower of silence” and closer “Endocannibal” are a good way to bookend the record, because they both reach the goal of tearing your face off, but they take somewhat different routes to get there, and that pleased me. All told I can honestly say I am now a fan of BLACK SHROUD, and I am very interested to see what happens next with this exciting young band. I strongly urge you to check them out, and if you like what you hear (you will…come on, when was the last time I steered you wrong?) pick up Death Culture HERE.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Immolation of Souls”, “Mellified Man”