THE RUINS OF BEVERAST
UNLOCK THE SHRINE
12 tracks of droning, doom-laden black metal with an idea of what’s going on both in the catacombs and above the underground is what the German one-man band known as The Ruins of Beverast delivers on UNLOCK THE SHRINE. This multi-layered offering is adorned with all of the staple nuances of the genre such as buzzing guitars and galloping rhythms, but when adding in layers of synths and entrancing drum patterns, things tend to get very interesting, even as the songs clock in past the five-minute mark on such cuts as “Euphoria When the Bombs Fell”. The excellent recording is what stands out most here, as this style of music is usually plagued with an intentionally raw and undercooked basement recording sound. Thankfully, songs that demonstrate sinewy churnings like “The Clockhand’s Groaning Circles” do not suffer such a fate, as this album’s overall massive sound and studio wizardry is by far its best feature and most valuable asset.